Physics: Chemical, Physics: Computational, Physics: Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics
The Molecular Simulation research group of the Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral student. We are a dynamic multidisciplinary team performing internationally leading research into the development and application of mesoscopic modelling methods for complex systems, including multiphasic chemical reactions, fluid dynamics with phase change, among others.
The successful candidate will work in the context of Generalised Dissipative Particle Dynamics with energy conservation (GenDPDE) , developing, testing and implementing new algorithms with a particular focus on chemical reactions with phase change. The main objective is to construct Lagrangian algorithms, including thermal fluctuations, for model DPDE particles, and theoretically describe the resulting dynamic (transport coefficients) and thermodynamic behaviour for further application in real systems. You will be part of an international team including the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Army Research Laboratory at the USA.
 DOI: 10.1039/C9CP04404C
The candidate should have a PhD, preferably in Physics or Chemical, Aerospace, Naval or Mechanical Engineering, or other fields related to the dynamic simulation of complex fluids.
The key elements in the candidate’s profile should be:
a solid background in Statistical Mechanics,
experience with molecular simulation (preferably molecular dynamics, although experience in SPH fluid simulations is also welcome),
a proven ability for scientific programming (preferably Fortran 90, Matlab, C, C++ or Python). The job is expected to involve familiarisation with existing codes, programming of test codes and data analysis of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties, but also theoretical derivation of equilibrium and transport properties of the model systems. Consequently, a strong foundation in fluid mechanics and applied mathematics is desirable.
This post is expected to last for 12 months, ideally starting on the 1st of November 2020 or shortly thereafter subject to agreement. The position will be based at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the URV in Tarragona (Sescelades campus). Tarragona is a city on the Mediterranean coast, 90 km south of Barcelona, famous for its beaches, excellent wines and gastronomy as well as for its Roman remains. In addition, the URV is located close to the largest petrochemical site in the South of Europe.
Enquiries about the application should be addressed to email@example.com
Informal enquiries about the involved research can be made to prof. Josep Bonet Avalos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additional Salary Information: The post is open for one year, with the possibility to be extended to two.
Internal Number: C-2020/045
About Universitat Rovira i Virgili
La Fundación URV is the entity created by the University Rovira i Virgili to promote the relationship between university and society, to promote knowledge transfer, long-life learning and innovation.
The University Rovira i Virgili (URV, www.urv.cat) is a public university from the Spanish system, within the European Union. The URV is within the top ten universities in Spain (2020 THE ranking). Tarragona is located 90 km south of Barcelona, well connected by train and highway with the communication hub of Barcelona.
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