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Postdoctoral fellowship in NUI Galway, Ireland
MedTrain is a new Industry-Academia Training, Career Development and Mobility Fellowship Programme at the CÚRAM SFI Centre for Medical Devices, co-funded by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. MedTrain offers prestigious two-year fellowships to eligible incoming researchers in the area of Medical Device Research and Development. One of the research goals is development of meshless computational tools for applications to flow in medical devices and in biology, including cardiovascular flow, respiratory air flow, and drug delivery. The combination of complex geometry and large-scale deformation make these applications challenging and time-consuming for conventional mesh-based CFD. This builds on prior research on the Finite Volume Particle Method (FVPM) at NUI Galway. This method retains properties of classical methods in an arbitrary Lagrange-Euler meshless framework. Open research challenges include fluid-structure interaction and application to patient-specific models.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Nathan Quinlan (nathan.quinlan@nuigalway.ie) for informal discussions well in advance of the 31 October deadline for submitting a full proposal.
For more information please see the MedTrain website.

EngD position on SPH:  Interactive Computer Simulation of Multiphase Flow in Deep Oil Well Drilling: Bournemouth University, CDE and Drilling Systems Ltd. 
The goal of this project is to develop an enhanced computer simulation model for the high pressure interactions of multiphase fluid (mud, cuttings, gas, oil, water) arising from oil well drilling, to compliment the model currently used by Drilling Systems Ltd.
The simulation will:
- Model the reservoir formation fluid, consisting of gas, oil, water (or any combination of the three) stored within the formation at very high pressure;
- Model the flow of multiphase fluid (mud, cuttings, gas, oil, water) material within the drill string;
- Be interactive and responsive to human interventions and scripted events.
- Operate in 3D to reflect complex well trajectory configurations. 
Due to the changing pressure in formation fluid caused by drilling, trapped gas may be released into the well or up the drill string. The sudden release of gas may result in “kick flow” events which need to be managed by the drill operator during the training exercise. Accurate and responsive simulation of this phenomenon is the aim of this project. 
For more information or to apply Click Here.

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PhD position on SPH for solid-liquid flow: Monash University Australia
The focus of the project is on treating clusters of SPH particles as coherent objects and understanding how the equation of state and cluster constitutive equations modify the ensemble behaviour of the mixture. 
This project will be performed under the supervision of Professors Murray Rudman and Joe Monaghan at Monash University. 
Interested candidates are asked to view the document at (LINK) and follow the instructions therein. The studentship is open to all nationalities.

PhD position on SPH for complex fluids: ZCCE Swansea
Applications are invited for a doctoral position in mesoscopic modelling of complex particulate systems at the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE). The focus of the project will be on accurate modelling and simulation of the dynamics and mechanical properties of micro/nano-particles interacting with complex media and under complex microflow conditions.
Applicants are required to have a Master’s degree in related fields (Chemical, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or Physics). The following subject backgrounds are also considered: fluid mechanics, rheology, soft matter, particulate systems, computational fluid dynamics, mesoscopic particle methods. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.
Complete information here: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-zienk-spec-phd-mesoscopic-modelling.php

Postdoctoral position at EDF, France (18 months)
The Fukushima accident reinforced the need for understanding and predicting the impact of water waves on Nuclear Power Plants (NPP).These needs are not restricted to tsunamis but include wind waves and other causes of see (or river) surface variations. Reproducing therapid impact and splash-up of a wave (or a wave train) onto a complex topography with buildings is a challenging task for which lab experiments (i.e. scale models) look mostly appropriate. However, numerical simulations are now possible and look attractive for they are less costly. 
LNHE (a department of EDF, Electricité de France, an industrial company) and LHSV (Laboratoire d’Hydraulique Saint-Venant, of the Paris-EastUniversity, http://www.saint-venant-lab.fr/saint-venant) are part of a consortium developing the GPUSPH open-source software. At the end of 2016, recent developments lead to the release 4.0 of GPUSPH (http://www.gpusph.org/). It is developed using the CUDA language forcomputing graphic cards (GPU). 
The purpose of this post-doctoral project is to apply GPUSPH to the modeling of waves impacting a NPP.
This work will take place at LNHE / LHSV (Chatou, near Paris – France, on EDF’s R&D site) under the supervision of Dr Damien Violeau, Senior scientist, Dr Antoine Joly, Dr Agnès Leroyand, Dr Valentin Rychkov, Research engineers.
It should begin at the end of 2017 and extend at least 18 months.
Knowledge on computational fluid dynamics is required, as well as a good level in scientific programming.
Past experience with SPH and/or CUDA will be appreciated.


Postdoctoral position offer with the company K-Epsilon: flooding simulation in complex urban zones
Project: The French company K-Epsilon has started a project call 3DSafe to model potential flooding hazards in complex urban zones. The aim of the project is to prove the feasibility of such simulations within reasonable time frames and computational power. The project is funded by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France, and will try to reproduce the significant flooding that happened in October 2015 in this area. Working with K-Epsilon and the Universidade de Vigo, the candidate will use numerical codes like SPH, IBER or HEC-RAS to simulate flooding flow on 3D urban landscape models reconstructed from aerial photogrammetry. The first task will be to reproduce existing simulations with SPH to evaluate the performance and the accuracy of the code. Then, a comparison with other numerical codes will be led to analyse each code’s abilities to address the complexity of the studied zone, their computational time, accuracy and constraints of use. The complexity of the models will be increased step by step. Expertise in the following topics will be much appreciated: hydrological engineering, numerical simulation codes, SPH, free surface flows, shallow water equation codes, C++, CUDA, Fortran. The working language will be English with knowledge of French or Spanish considered beneficial, but not mandatory. The post-doc will take place in Sophia-Antipolis, France and will include 2-3 months visit to the developers of DualSPHysics.
Duration: 1 year Date: January 2017
Salary: To be negotiated
Contactyann@k-epsilon.com & elisa@k-epsilon.com

Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, U.S.).
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, is seeking the next generation of scientistsand engineers for its 2017 Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. Pauling Fellows will beactively mentored by internationally recognized scientists and equipped with the resources to carry out aresearch program of their own design. They will have opportunities to contribute to research efforts thatadvance scientific frontiers and solve pressing challenges for the nation. 
Applications for 2017 appointments will be accepted August 1 - December 1, 2016. 
Log on to http://www.pnnl.gov/pauling/ for more information about this opportunityand how to apply.
Please e-mail your questions to paulingfellows@pnnl.gov. You will receive a response within two business days.
More information in the flyer.

PhD/MSc opportunities available at Polytechnique Montreal (Canada) on Mesh-free particle methods for high-performance modelling of multiphase flows
Applications are invited for graduate student positions (1 doctoral and 1 master) at the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal (Montreal, Canada). The project is on the development of high-performance mesh-free particle methods such as MPS (Moving Particle Semi-Implicit) and SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) for multiphase systems, particularly multiphase granular and sediment flow.
Requirements: Applicants are expected to hold a degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or related areas, have a strong background of hydraulics and fluid mechanics, good programming skills, and good command of English or French. Applicants must also satisfy the admission requirements for Doctoral/Master programs at École Polytechnique de Montréal. 
Knowledge and relevant expertise in numerical fluid mechanics especially particle-based methods (such as MPS and SPH), good programming skills in C/C++, MPI and CUDA, and good publication record are desired (esp. for doctoral position), but NOT mandatory.
Polytechnique Montréal (affiliated with the Université de Montréal) is one of the largest engineering schools in Canada and ranks first in Canada for the scope of its engineering research. With cutting-edge infrastructures, today it is one of North America's most vibrant centres for scientific and technological knowledge with professors, researchers and students from around the world. Although Polytechnique is a French language institute, the graduate students are allowed to do their research and write/defend their thesis in English and attend their classes at English-language universities in Montreal.
The positions are available from January 2017. To apply please send your motivation letter (including your research background), curriculum vitae, sample publications, and transcripts (unofficial) to Prof. Ahmad Shakibaeinia (ahmad.shakibaeinia@polymtl.ca).
Review of applications will start on October 15, 2016 and continues until the successful candidates are selected. For more information, please visit this link

3 Fully-funded PhD Studentships, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
The Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Group, within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester looking to appoint 3 industrially-funded PhDs.  

Project 1: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Modelling of multi-phase flows in nuclear containment vessels
This PhD studentship is part of a National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) funded EPSRC CASE Award in the exciting new area modelling of the multi-phase thermal nuclear flows and engineering hydraulics using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Multi-phase fluids are encountered in a wide range of nuclear processes. The project in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) will focus upon the development of the novel numerical smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) technique for simulating the scouring of settled solids from the base of containment tanks. The research will consider the impinging jet produced by a pulse jet mixer and the solid/liquid interaction which occurs as the jet strikes a layer of settled solids. The new work will involve extending the existing model to 3D (to represent a full containment vessel or a section of it) and improving the realism of the underlying physical models. The simulation results will be validated against experimental data captured at NNL’s Workington Facility. It is expected that the project student will spend up to 6 months working closely with NNL on industrial placements throughout the PhD.
Contact for information:  Dr B.D. Rogers, email: benedict.rogers@manchester.ac.uk    

Project 2: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Simulation of Complex Mixtures
This PhD studentship is part of a National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) funded EPSRC CASE Award in the exciting new area modelling of the multi-phase thermal nuclear flows and engineering hydraulics using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). During decommissioning operations, the nuclear industry will face a number of challenges relating to the understanding of materials behaviour. New waste streams will be produced which are chemically more complex, leading to the presence of multiple phases making these difficult to process using the existing knowledge. This PhD project will focus on the development of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), to simulate fluids containing two or more partially miscible liquids. The research will draw upon the experience gained in the field of computational molecular dynamics (MD), to better understand how different species within a mixture interact. The ability to simulate the behaviour of complex fluid mixtures could lead to significant improvements in industrial processes, such as the vitrification of radioactive waste. The simulation results will be validated against experimental data captured at NNL’s Facilities. It is expected that the project student will spend up to 6 months working closely with NNL on industrial placements throughout the PhD.
Contact for information:  Dr B.D. Rogers, email: benedict.rogers@manchester.ac.uk  

Project 3: Simulation of the Interaction between Product and Pack Design using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)
This PhD studentship is part of an industrially funded EPSRC CASE Award with UniLever in the exciting new area modelling of the multi-phase flows using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). The residue left in Unilever packs for creams, gels and pastes is an enduring consumer complaint causing waste and loss of revenue. The aim of this PhD project is to use Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) to understand how the interaction of product and pack affects residue in order to provide new solutions; SPH is a meshless modelling method suited for highly distorted flows of complex, in this case non-Newtonian, fluids within flexible boundaries. 
Contact for information:  Prof. P.K. Stansby, email: p.k.stansby@manchester.ac.uk     

The PhD students will become a member of our SPH research group at the University of Manchester.  
Eligibility: Applicants should be citizens of a Member State of the European Community but it is highly advantageous for NNL clearance that applicants are citizens of the United Kingdom. Applications from outside the EU are also welcome under exceptional circumstances
Start date:  September/October 2016  
Closing date for applications: as soon as possible in 2016 Please contact Senior PG Recruitment and Admissions Administrator: ruth.whelan@manchester.ac.uk    
Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive: The successful candidate should have a good first degree in a suitable Engineering discipline such as civil or mechanical engineering, including a sound knowledge of mathematics. Experience (or an interest) in computer programming would be a definite advantage.  

Two researcher/ software developer for SPH based fluid simulation software, ESS Engineering Center Steyr GmbH, Austria
The austrian company ESS Engineering Steyr GmbH seeks a junior and a senior researcher for the development and implementation of a GPU-based SPH-solver for a fluid simulation software. 
Minimum requirements are: Good programming skills with C/C++, experience with GPU programming (preferably with CUDA), english language skills, ability to work in a team and contribute actively. 
Optionally: Knowledge of SPH, fluid simulations, numerical anylsis, german language skills, etc.
ESS offers a friendly work environment in a small and young team.
Starting date: anytime
Working hours: 38.5 hours / week
If you have any questions or want to apply for the job, you can contact us under martin.schifko@essteyr.com
Qualification Profile ESS junior.
Qualification Profile ESS senior.


Sponsored PhD Post at Brunel University London: coupling SPH/FEM for transient analysis of composite materials. 
College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences - Mathematics Department  is seeking a PhD student with appropriate background to work on the development of methods for the coupling of total Lagrangian SPH (Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics) methods to FEM (Finite Element Methods) in the specific case of quasi-static and dynamic elasticity. The SPH/FEM coupling should allow for more accurate modelling of: damage initiation, evolution and localisation; crack initiation, propagation, and branching. Initially, the developments will be done in 2D with intention to be extended and implemented into a 3D non-linear finite element/SPH code. The new developments will be validated and applied to selected industrial problems. The research involves complex mathematical derivations and scientific computing (in, for example, Fortran or C/C++). Applicants are expected to have at least a 2.1 BSc/BEng honours degree or equivalent in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. The ideal candidate will have experience of numerical approximation of partial differential equations, although candidates lacking that specific experience should not be deterred from applying. Note that a condition of the appointment is the requirement to complete the Graduate Learning and Teaching Programme (or equivalent). Further, the appointee may be required to successfully pass selected taught modules run by Brunel University London and/or the London Taught Course Centre. This research will be carried out in collaboration with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC Brunel) in Cambridge and consequently the student will work at NSIRC certain percentage of time. The PhD is sponsored by Brunel University London. The studentship covers fees and stipend for three years with the annual stipend of up to £20,000 depending on candidate’s suitability. Candidates from outside of the EU are also eligible to apply.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 20 th October 2015
Starting date for the studies: 15 st November 2015
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Simon Shaw: simon.shaw@brunel.ac.uk
Apply under ‘maths’ at: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/research-degrees-at-brunel/research-programmes-online-applications.

Product Manager HPC Software, Fluid Mechanics, SPH-Methods in Fluidyna GmbH. Your responsibilities: Product development, integration of an existing GPU-based SPH-solver in a workflow with pre- and postprocessing tools, Preparation of sales and marketing material, Technical Training of Application Engineers and Sales Crew, Management of development team, Preparation and control of development and release plans, Management and controlling of customer projects. Our requirements: Degree in mechanical engineering, computer science or comparable studies, Proven relevant expertise in numerical fluid mechanics, preferably regarding, multi-phase flows and/or particle-based methods (SPH), Pronounced abilities to integrate yourself in a team and contribute actively, Good programming skills in C/C++, MPI and CUDA, Good command of English, German language skills are favorable but not mandatory. Working hours: 40 hours/week. Start Date: 1 August, 2015. Reference Number: MG-NX-2015-01, FluiDyna GmbH, Human Resources Management, Lichtenbergstraße 8 | D-85748 Garching near Munich, Germany, www.fluidyna.dekarriere@fluidyna.defull advert.

Two fully funded PhD sudentships are available in National University of Ireland Galway to investigate the mechanics of microscopic droplet formation in Aerogen drug delivery technology. While the two students will work as a team, one will be primarily concerned with the development and application of the finite volume particle method, a novel meshless CFD method, for the problem. The other project will be primarily experimental, involving the development of a test rig and use of particle image velocimetry (PIV) and other techniques. The research will be supervised by Dr. Nathan Quinlan, and carried out in close collaboration with Aerogen. The work is co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the industry partner, and is part of the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), a national €49.6m research centre. The prime objective for CÚRAM is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative medical devices to treat major unmet medical needs. Each studentship is funded with a stipend of €18,000 per year for four years, in addition to tuition fees. To apply, please send a full CV, covering email, and a sample of your most important work to nathan dot quinlan at nuigalway dot ie by 8 July.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position is available immediately in the field of simulation of the hypervelocity impact phenomena at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The research project is funded by the Canadian Space Agency, aiming to develop novel Micro-Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) shield technologies to protect spacecraft from MMOD impacts. The position is based at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The initial appointment will be for one year with salary $40,000 (plus a benefits package), renewable based on performance and availability of funds. The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for additional funding provided on the competitive basis. Applicants must have received their doctorate degrees within the past five years in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics or related areas. In addition to excellent academic and publication records, applicants should have knowledge of hypervelocity impact physics and expertise in SPH-technique. The ability to work in a team environment, leadership qualities and problem-solving skills are highly valued.Candidates are requested to send a detailed CV, together with names and full contact addresses of three References to Dr. Igor Telichev at igor.telichev@umanitoba.ca. Only the successful candidate will be informed regarding the outcome of his/her application.

Post-doctoral 10-months position at EDF, France: coupling SPH with a Finite Difference solver for tsunami modelling. The aim of this post-doctoral work is to provide a two-way coupling tool in order to model a complete tsunami, from the generation/propagation phase on a large scale (using Zakharov equations in Finite Differences) to the coastal impact stage on a shorter scale (using Navier-Stokes equations in SPH). In other words, we would like our Finite Elements and SPH codes to communicate and exchange data through a common open boundary. The purpose of the present work is to implement a two-way coupling and to apply it to tsunami modeling. The two codes are Misthyc (Zakharov equations in Finite Differences using Fortran 90) and Sphynx (SPH solver for weakly compressible and incompressible flows using Cuda language for graphic cards). The codes are well-established and validated. The post-doc will take place on the EDF R&D site of Chatou (near Paris, France) under the supervision of Damien Violeau (senior researcher), Agnes Leroy and Antoine Joly (research engineers). The work should ideally begin in June 2015 and extend 10 months. The post-doctoral fellow will be employed by “Ecole des Ponts ParisTech”, one of the leading academic institutes in France. His/her salary will be around 1900 euros per month (net salary). The post-doctoral fellow should have good skills in programming and hydrodynamics. Experience on the following topics will be much appreciated: SPH, Fortran 90, Cuda language, coupling methods. Candidates should be motivated by the proposed work and have a good ability for initiative and working within a team. European candidates will be preferred. The working language will be either French or English. Please contact Dr Damien Violeau damien.violeau@edf.fr.

Development of a joint meshless / Eulerian approach to model spray atomization: PhD position available at Laboratoire CORIA UMR CNRS 6614, France. Injection and atomization of liquid is widely used in many industrial and domestic applications such as, fuel injection in engines or burners, spray-painting, medical sprays, spray drying among others. The objective of the PhD is to couple a meshless method (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics - SPH ) and a usual Eulerian description. The SPH-Euler hybrid method will capture the physical properties of the spray near the injection area without mesh limitation and then, switch to a conventional Eulerian method (finite volumes description) - further into the chamber. This innovative approach in the area of the injection will greatly reduce the computational cost that prevents high fidelity simulation in the field of liquid fuel atomization. This work involves a close collaboration with a post-doctoral fellow that will work specifically on the SPH methods optimization. The OpenFoam library for CFD will be used and the candidate will develop a specific solver. Experience on the following topics is required: Applied Mathematics or Fluids Mechanics Master 2nd year or Engineering school, Emphasis in Computer science (C++, Fortran, programming, linux..), Scientific attitude, High motivation for computational simulation and research, Some experience in OpenFoam would be an advantage but is not mandatory, programming skills and experiences are mandatory. Please contact Dr Julien Reveillon Julien.Reveillon@coria.frfull advert.

SPH modeling in sanitary engineering: Fully funded PhD position available at the University Innsbruck - Unit of Environmental Engineering. We seek to strengthen our research group on the application of smoothed particle hydrodynamics method in sanitary engineering. Our goal is to establish the technology as numerical CFD engine and couple it with the description of bio-kinetic processes. We are currently working on multiphase problems (water-gas-sediment) and its application in water/wastewater management. We offer a PhD position in an inspiring academic environment. Candidates should have a background either in (environmental) engineering/physics or information technology. For details please contact Prof. Wolfgang Rauch wolfgang.rauch@uibk.ac.at.

PhD Position – smoothed particle hydrodynamics modelling in sanitary engineering The Unit of Environmental Engineering (IUT) is part of the biggest Education and Research Institution in western Austria, which is the University Innsbruck. The Unit is part of the Faculty for technical Sciences and hosts app. 10 PhD students. We seek to strengthen our research group on the application of smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) in sanitary engineering. Our goal is to establish the technology as numerical CFD engine and couple it with the description of bio-­kinetic processes. We are currently working on multi-phase problems (water-­gas-­sediment) and its application in water/wastewater management. We offer the following positions in an inspiring academic environment at earliest opportunity. An engineering or natural scientific MSc degree (civil/environmental engineering, physics, information technology, or similar): (i) Documented skills in programming (e.g. C/C++, Python, MATLAB), (ii) Documented experience with simulation of dynamic systems, referably with CFD engines, (iii) Excellent communication and writing skills in English, (iv) German language skills would be favorable for daily life but are not a prerequisite Applications (including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, publication list) should be sent in one single pdf file via umwelttechnik@uibk.ac.at.

SPH Research Position in Hydrogeology: The Department of Applied Geology at the Geoscience Centre of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, invites applications for a within the DFG funded project "Process-based characterization of flow in unsaturated fractured rocks". The project is focussed on the development of a parallelized SPH fluid dynamics code adapted to simulate unsaturated small-scale flow dynamics within complex fracture networks. The project comprises the following tasks: (i) Development and extension of a SPH fluid dynamics code; (ii) Setup of a small-scale laboratory experiment for verification purposes; (iii) Analysis of the dependence of model parameters on travel time distributions. We are seeking a creative and motivated candidate with a Diploma or M.Sc. degree in Geoscience, Physics or related fields who is interested in pursuing a Ph.D, preferably with experience in numerical modeling and coding experience (C++). Depending on the abilities of the candidate the focus of the work can be placed on model development or laboratory experiments. The project has been established in close collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (U.S.A) and allows the candidate to work within an international setting. We expect good knowledge of English (written and spoken) and excellent communication and team skills. The position is initially for a period of 1 year. Salary is according to TV-L 13 (75% = 29.85 hours/week). Please send your application including a letter of motivation, a CV, copies of certificates, and the names and contact information of 2 referees, preferably in electronic form (compiled in one pdf) to Dr. Jannes Kordilla at jkordil@gwdg.de.

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