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PhD position in Netherlands – Mechanical engineering, Fluid Mechanics

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

The Netherlands

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TU Delft (Delft University of Technology), Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering invites applications for PhD position High Performance Computing in Fluid Mechanics

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 12, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2.434,00 - 3.111,00 Euro/Month

Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Qualification Details

To apply, you should have the following qualifications:

  • A MSc degree in mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated competences in fluid mechanics and high performance computing;
  • Strong programming skills in fortran, C/C++, Cuda or Python;
  • Intrinsic motivation for research;
  • Affinity for teaching and guiding students;
  • Proficiency in English and excellent communication skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

To boost efficiency and productivity of engineering processes, fluids are more often pushed into the supercritical region, where highly non-ideal thermodynamic effects are at play. Yet, our fundamental understanding of flow physics at such conditions lags behind to successfully realize more powerful engineering applications.

In this project, funded by the Europen Research Council, we will (1) elucidate laminar-turbulent transition; (2) unravel compressible effects on turbulence; and (3) unveil turbulence radiation interactions, ranging from the critical point of a fluid to conditions far into the supercritical region.

In this particular PhD project, we will focus on how the interaction of radiation and temperature fields impacts turbulent heat transfer in supercritical fluids. For this purpose, you will develop highly-efficient numerical simulations developed for GPU accelerated large-scale computing facilities. The aim is to develop a computer program that executes the DNS code on CPUs to solve the Navier-Stokes equations, while the Monte Carlo method for the radiative transfer equation will be asynchronously executed on the graphical processing units (GPUs). The obtained data from these simulations will then be used to develop a better understanding of turbulent radiation interactions in optically participating fluids.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01471
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Documents Required

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by October 12th, 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • your motivation letter;
  • detailed CV;
  • copy diploma and list of grades;
  • names and contact details of 3 references.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Department

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Do you want to experience working at our faculty? This video will introduce you to some of our researchers and their work.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Note or Other details

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

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Contact details

For information about the application procedure, please contact Rene Pecnik, email:

For information about the application procedure, please contact Ms. Nathalie van Bethem, email:

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