Vacancy Notice  023/2022

The 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 Chair of Mechanical Process Engineering:

Junior Group Leader in Computational Multiphase Flow (m/f/d)

Salary Scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
next possible date
Fixed term until:
3 years
(with the opportunity to extend by a further 3 years - WisszeitVG)

Contract status:
100 %

At the Chair of Mechanical Process Engineering ( we are a group of enthusiastic researchers with intensive research activities in the numerical modelling of multiphase flows. As part of our research on particle-laden flows, we study the complex behaviour of dispersed particles in incompressible and compressible turbulent flows, particle-turbulence interactions, the influence of particle shape as well as applications featuring particle-laden turbulent flows. Currently, there are approximately 5 PhD students and 2 post-docs working at the Chair in the area.

The objective of the advertised position is to attract a junior group leader within the Chair, who will be able to develop their own research profile and play a lead role in the numerical multiphase flow group. You will have the opportunity to build your research profile with our in-house code, containing state-of-the-art models based on: immersed boundary techniques, Lagrangian particle-tracking, non-spherical particle dynamics, particle interactions, LES, fully coupled solvers for compressible and incompressible flows, and models for gas-liquid interfaces. You will also have the opportunity to establish your own teaching portfolio on numerical methods, multiphase flow or particle technology. The position is to pursue a postdoctoral qualification.

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Design, execution, and analysis of analytical and numerical models for multiphase flows
  • Leading the development of our in-house simulation tools in C and MPI
  • Develop ideas and write proposals to acquire third-party funded projects
  • Supervise PhD students and post-docs in the field of computational multiphase flows
  • Contribute to teaching in multiphase flows (4 hours per week during term time)

Requirements for the position:

  • You should have a master degree or equivalent and a PhD degree in mechanical engineering, process engineering, aeronautical engineering, applied mathematics, physics or a related discipline
  • Proven track record in working with physical problems and numerical methods
  • Proven coding experience in C, C++ or Fortran in the context of numerical modelling
  • Proven track record of using MPI and high-performance computing facilities
  • Proven experience with developing immersed boundary methods, Lagrangian particle tracking, or particle-interaction models is highly desirable
  • Distinct publication record, commensurate with your career stage
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English is required

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Berend van Wachem by email, berend.vanwachem(at)

In addition to all the usual social benefits of the public sector, we have more to offer, such as the possibility of flexible working hours. Modern working conditions, a wide range of training and development opportunities, and a positive work environment that is highly valued by our employees distinguish us as an employer. We also offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities, extensive catering in our canteens and cafeterias as well as workplace health promotion.

Otto von Guericke University 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.

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Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, references) by August 16, 2022 (date of receipt of application) using the online application portal.

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