Vacancy Notice  241/2024

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


The Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Institute of Process Engineering, Multiphase Flows:

Research Associate (m/f/d) in the field of Numerical Modelling as part of the project Hetero-Aggregates

Salary scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing: 01.10.2024
Fixed term:
3 years
Contract status:
100 %

In this 3-year research project in the frame of the DFG-SPP2289 (Hetero-Aggregates) with the title “Numerical prediction of hetero-aggregate composition and electrospray process optimisation” it is intended to conduct respective numerical predictions and model developments on the basis of OpenFOAM.

Job description:

The project incorporates the following tasks:

  • Numerical simulations of two interacting electrosprays accounting for the interplay between electric field, hot gas flow and spray including evaporation
  • Numerical analysis of the collision between two suspension droplets under different conditions using a VOF approach and point-particle tracking
  • Analysis and modelling of particle agglomeration inside the droplet collision complex and prediction of the process outcome, e.g., agglomerate composition and structure

Requirements profile:

  • Completed scientific University education with a Diploma or Master degree in the field of Engineering or Physics
  • Knowledge in the area of particle-laden multiphase flows and spraying systems
  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics and the usage of OpenFOAM specifically with regards to multiphase flow processes
  • Good English language skills (B2 level)

Your benefits:

  • You have the opportunity for scientific qualification and are supported and promoted accordingly
  • You work in an international team
  • Excellent networking opportunities with partners in research and industry

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Sommerfeld via phone:
Tel. +49 (0)345/55-23680 or via Mail: martin.sommerfeld(at) (website:

We are a university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics, human sciences and medicine. We offer excellent study and working conditions to 13,000 students from Germany and abroad as well as approx. 3,000 employees. You will benefit from our structures and offerings in the fields of sustainability, diversity, family support and staff development. Our location in the center of a thriving, lively and family-friendly state capital guarantees a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities. For more information, please visit

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.

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Please send your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, graduation certificates, references) by September 1, 2024 using the online application portal.

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