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Postdoctoral position in Meshfree methods

8 Nov 2022

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Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
Transport Processes - Meshfree group
Research Field
Mathematics » Computational mathematics
Mathematics » Applied mathematics
Engineering » Simulation engineering
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Aerospace engineering
Physics » Computational physics
Computer science
Computer science » Modelling tools
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
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Offer Description

A postdoctoral position (scholarship/stipendium) from March 2023 is available in the Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The position will be hosted in the meshfree group ( in the Transport Process department ( ).

The focus of your research will be on adaptive refinement algorithms for meshfree methods, in the context of fluid flow. Specifically, your tasks will involve

  1. Developing error indicators or estimators for strong-form meshfree fluid flow simulations, with a special emphasis on the generalized finite difference method (GFDM)
  2. Coupling the developed error indicators and estimators with existing refinement algorithms
  3. Implementation in well-documented software
  4. Disseminating your research through scientific publications and conference talks
  5. Collaborating to apply your work in existing commercial projects

The work will be supervised by Pratik Suchde and Joerg Kuhnert. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Pratik Suchde ( ). Please send applications (CV, letter of interest, PDFs of published papers, and names and contact information of at least two referees) by email to Pratik Suchde ( ).

Candidates with a PhD in computational mathematics/physics/engineering, a drive to work collaboratively and independently, and an excellent research record are encouraged to apply. A strong background in the computational sciences is a must. Experience in meshfree methods or adaptive refinement are a plus.


  • Completed (or about to complete) PhD or equivalent university degree in applied mathematics, computational physics or similar field
  • Strong background numerical analysis and/or scientific computing
  • Experience with numerical methods for solving PDEs
  • Experience in modelling, and error quantification (error estimators and indicators) for PDE solvers
  • Excellent programming skills in at least one of: Fortran, C, C++, Python
  • Good communication skills
  • Fluent English, both spoken and written

Additional Information


We attach great importance to a family-friendly working environment for our employees: flexible working hours, a day care centre next to the institute, a co-child office and much more make the Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern an attractive employer. You can find detailed information on this page:

Selection process

Please send applications (CV, letter of interest, PDFs of published papers, and names and contact information of at least two referees) by email to Pratik Suchde (


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Additional comments

We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability.


With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future.


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