PhD/PostDoc position in Colloidal Simulation at the Chair for Process Systems Engineering at Technische Universität München
Mechanistic modelling of restructuring behaviour of colloidal aggregates
Colloidal particles are submicron particles which are usually suspended in a continuous phase (liquid or gas). They have unique properties due to their high ration of surface area to volume. The Priority Programme “Colloidal Process Engineering” (SPP 1273) funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) aims at fundamental understanding of the effects when processing colloidal suspensions and at exploiting these effects for tailored process and product design. Considering solid-liquid dispersions as they arise from precipitation and crystallization processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, there is significant interest in controlling the structure of colloidal aggregates, because it affects downstream processing characteristics (e.g. solid-liquid separation) and the end-use properties of the product. Under flow conditions, as they typically arise in industrial settings, the aggregates are affected by restructuring. The objective of this project is to asses!
s the behaviour of colloidal aggregates in a shear environment. The project will be conducted in close cooperation with Professor Marek Behr (Computational Analysis of Technical Systems, RWTH Aachen).
A qualified candidate is interested in applied interdisciplinary research and has a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant scientific or technical subject, such as chemical engineering, physics, chemistry, computational or mechanical engineering. Previous experience in scientific computing, modelling of complex systems, colloidal systems is a plus. Applications from candidates who already hold a PhD degree and want to gain further qualification in a PostDoc-phase are especially welcome.
The position is expected to be filled in the second half of 2011 and is for a fixed term for 2 years. The successful candidate will be pursuing a PhD. The payment will be in the framework to the German public salary system.
Applications from women are particularly welcome. In the case of equal suitability, ability and professional achievement, candidates with a severe disability will be given preference.
Please send your application to:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Briesen
Process Systems Engineering
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan für Ernährung, Landnutzung und Umwelt
Technische Universität München
Weihenstephaner Steig 23