PhD scholarship in Characterization of Two-Phase Turbulent Flow

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DTU Mekanik) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is the host of the Poul Due Jensen Turbulence Centre of Excellence sponsored by the Poul Due Jensen (Grundfos) Foundation. Within the framework of this Centre, we are opening a 3-year PhD position in the area of Applied Mathematics. 

The successful candidate is not required to have a background in turbulence, but rather a background in (applied) physics and/or mathematics is highly advantageous. The overall objective will be to gain further insight into the dynamics between solid particles and a surrounding gas phase and to develop an improved understanding based on a combination of analysis and empirical simulation) data. Tailored datasets will be provided from simulations from established international collaborations. The combined approach of developing analysis and applying it to the simulation data will require both a genuine interest in mathematics and theoretical work as well as programming skills and the ability to work with large databases.

Responsibilities and tasks
The student will be responsible for:

  • developing the analysis together with the PhD-advisors
  • implementing the ideas towards the provided data
  • disseminating the results in scientific journal publications and at international conferences
  • working independently while also being able to collaborate with the rest of the team

The student may also be involved in big data management in conjunction with the implementation of the project work. The position is likely to involve co-supervision of Masters-students.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. 

Successful execution of the project will require established skills in mathematics, the ability to carry out advanced analysis and an ability to handle and analyze large data sets. It does not require a background in turbulence, but the candidate must have a solid foundation in (engineering) physics and/or mathematics. 

The student is further expected to be able to work independently and take ownership of, and responsibility towards, the project, to be able to carry out the tasks. At the same time, the student is expected to collaborate with the rest of the group and integrate their knowledge into the other projects within the team.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicant will be made by Associate Professor Clara M. Velte and chosen team members. 

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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Clara Velte, tel.: +45 3140 7620 and at Turbulence Centre of Excellence

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Please submit your online application no later than 26 October 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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