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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: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=042225 (see “Apply” link at end of this webpage).
Please address any informal enquiries to:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to apply online please click here.
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 gmail.com'.
Potential funding routes include:
- Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships
- EPSRC Fellowships
- European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships (supporting applications from outside UK)
- Fulbright Commission Awards (for US citizens)
- Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships
- Newton International Fellowships (for early-career researchers from China, India, Mexico or Turkey)
- Royal Commission of 1851 Research Fellowships
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin and University Research Fellowships
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
- American Physical Society, DFD meeting - usually provide travel grants (see specific conference)
- EUROMECH - provide support for Fluids Conference and Workshops (see specific conference)
- EPSRC international travel awards
- Institute of Physics Research Student Conference Fund (members only)
- EUROMECH who currently fund the European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference (an event you may consider bringing to your institution).
- Institute of Advanced Study in Warwick, a range of funding.
- London Mathematical Society funding for Postgraduate Research Conference Grants (organise for and by PhD students).