Current Positions


Funded PhD studentship in Nanoscale Interfacial Fluid Dynamics (more details here)



Posdoctoral Research position (3 years) in Edinburgh University, UK, on gas flows in nanoscale porous media

Closing Date: 19 January 2018 

The University of Edinburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 3 years to investigate the behaviour of methane gas inside porous rock media using molecular dynamics simulations. This is part of a joint research project between Edinburgh University, Strathclyde University, and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) on the dynamics of gas flows in underground reservoirs.

This position is to work with Prof Jason Reese, Dr Matthew Borg and their research team in the School of Engineering, which in REF2014 came first in the UK for “research power”, with 94% of our research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 25 universities.

The principal objectives are:

a) to use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the interactions of natural gas with the inner surfaces of geological gas reservoirs down to the nanoscale;

b) to use these molecular results to develop boundary conditions for a hybrid multiscale technique (that will be developed in collaboration with Strathclyde University) for simulating the flow of gas in real porous rock samples. This will be applied directly in shale-gas reservoir simulations relevant to the oil/gas industry.

The start date is March 2018 (or another date, by arrangement), and is for 36 months. As this is a joint project with KFUPM, there will be some visits to Saudi Arabia for knowledge exchange and research interactions.

You should have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in mechanical or chemical engineering, or physics, or applied mathematics, or computational science. Preference will be given to those with expertise in: molecular dynamics using either LAMMPS or OpenFOAM; the simulation of gas/surface interfacial phenomena.

The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of GBP32,548 to GBP38,833.

Please apply online at:  (see “Apply” link at end of this webpage).

Please address any informal enquiries to:

Prof Jason Reese, or Dr Matthew Borg


Fully-funded PhD Studentship (UK/EU; 3 years) on Thermodynamic transitions in fuel jets

This PhD student will be integrated into a network of international researchers who are interested in thermodynamic transitions in multiphase gas-liquid mixtures with large temperature gradients. The project is led by Prof Mark Linne and Dr Matthew Borg from the Institute of Multiscale ThermoFluids and is designed to investigate the evolution of the nano-scale interfacial layer between liquid hydrocarbons and air at extreme temperatures and pressures. Because transport in this area is a critical component of reactant mixing, it strongly affects any subsequent chemical reactions between the two components. This research is targeted at applications in internal combustion engines, but it is also relevant for renewable fuel production, pharmaceutical processing, etc.

Project Overview: The PhD student will perform molecular dynamics simulations of various mixtures of single-molecule liquids with gaseous nitrogen at a range of pressures and temperatures. From these simulations, the project hopes to extract a deeper understanding of mass and thermal transport within the gas-liquid interfacial layer, which will be used to optimize and tune larger-scale models that will, eventually, be used to optimize reactor design. 

Closing Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eligibility:  A 1st or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in applied maths, computer science, engineering science, physics, physical chemistry or a related subject with a good mathematical content. For candidates who have not yet graduated, transcript evidence of likely degree level will be sufficient. Experience of high-level programming languages and use of molecular dynamics software (e.g. LAMMPS) would be an advantage.

Funding: Tuition fees and stipend are available for Home/EU students; applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

Please address any informal enquiries to:

For more information and to apply online please click here.


Postdoctoral Research Associate (24 months) in Multiscale Fluid Dynamics

A consortium of three internationally-leading UK institutions (Edinburgh University, Warwick University, and Daresbury Laboratory) are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop new modelling capabilities for multiscale interfacial fluid dynamics. This is part of a flagship £3.4M EPSRC Programme Grant targeting the multiscale fluid dynamics needed to simulate and design engineering flow systems of the future. Please see the video at

This position is to work with Prof Jason Reese, Dr Matthew Borg and Dr Rohit Pillai in the School of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh. The start date is May 2018 (or another date, by arrangement), and is for 24 months. More information about the research partnership is at

The principal objectives of this postdoc research project are:
a) to use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the effect of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) on nanoscale liquid films and droplets;
b) to develop a hybrid multiscale technique for simulating the acoustowetting of microscale drops, by separating the rapid acoustic effects from the slower hydrodynamics. This problem is relevant to SAW-driven microfluidics, with applications in many industries.

The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 for 35 hours each week. Please apply online at: (see “Apply” link at end of the webpage).

Closing Date: 12 January 2018

You should have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in mechanical or chemical engineering, or physics, or applied mathematics, or computational science. Preference will be given to those with expertise in: molecular dynamics using either LAMMPS or OpenFOAM; the simulation of interfacial phenomena; hybrid multiscale methods for micro/nano fluid dynamics.

Please address any informal enquiries to: Prof Jason Reese, or Dr Matthew Borg


Ongoing Opportunities

Enthusiastic and talented researchers are encouraged to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships to join our vibrant collaborative Micro and Nanoflows for Engineering network.  A number of potential funding routes exist, depending on the applicant's circumstances, and these can be explored by contacting us at 'micronanoflows at'.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Potential funding routes include:

PhD Scholarships

For up to date information, please check the graduate school pages of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Warwick. Specific opportunities include:

Funding for Early Career Researchers (small pots of money)

Below are some possible sources of funding for PhD and PDRAs.  Please update whenever you find a new source or have more details of an existing one.  Eligibility is often unclear, so if in doubt email the appropriate contact and then update the details below.


  • access to ARCHER - there are 2 RAP calls for 2017 for 6 - 12 months of access to ARCHER, funded by EPSRC
  • embedded CSE (eCSE) support - only one eCSE call remains (see here); this call provides money to employ PDRAs/computational scientists to help maintain software sustainability and that runs on ARCHER


Workshop Organisation

Other Possibilities

Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, 



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