Vacancy Notice 
052/2024

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

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The Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Process Engineering seeks to fill the following vacancy:

Postgraduate training fellowship (m/f/d)

leading to the award of a PhD in Marie S.-Curie Project SCALE, “Industry empowerment to Multiphase fluid dynamics simulations using Artificial intelligence and Statistical methods on modern hardware architectures at Scale”


Salary scale:
Marie-Curie
Unit Costs

Date commencing:
01 April 2024
Fixed term (until):
36 months
Contract status:
Marie-Curie Fellowship 100%

We are looking for a new Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) to join us in the project “Acoustic PFC droplet vaporisation simulation in blood vessels and artificial intelligence-based optimisation of droplet dose for BBB opening”. The objective of this position is to study the behavior of ultrasound-activated droplets, and develop models to study the interaction with the surrounding soft tissue cells. The application area of the modelling is the particulate flow behaviour during the blood brain barrier opening. The position is part of the newly established Marie S. Curie doctoral network SCALE, “Industry empowerment to Multiphase fluid dynamics simulations using Artificial intelligence and Statistical methods on modern hardware architectures at Scale”, with collaboration partners in Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The successful applicant is expected to write a PhD thesis based on this work, which will be supported accordingly from our side.

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Derivation of mathematical and physical models to describe the ultrasound-induced bubble dynamics and acoustic droplet vaporisation.
  • The application of machine learning techniques to describe collective effects of bubble collapses and interactions with nearby soft tissues.
  • To validate the models against relevant experimental data.
  • Participation in the development of our in-house simulation tools in the C programming language.
  • Secondment and collaboration with an industrial partner (Precision Accoustics).
  • Cooperation with our collaborators and researchers within the Doctoral Network.

Requirements profile:

  • MSc degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering, process engineering, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, physics or a related discipline.
  • Proven track record in working with physical problems and numerical methods.
  • A strong interest in computational fluid dynamics.
  • Coding experience in C, C++, Fortran or Python in the context of numerical modelling is highly desirable.
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English is required.
  • You must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

The successful candidates will receive a salary including mobility and family allowance (if applicable) and will be employed according to the rules for Doctoral Candidates (DCs) in a EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network and the specific regulations of each institution.

Gross salary without employer´s social contribution and without family allowance:

The employee’s gross salary will be approximately 3269 € per month (without family allowance) or approximately
3816 € per month (with family allowance), depending on the year of employment and the choice of health insurance. A family allowance will be paid in case the researcher has a family. ‘Family’ means persons linked to the researcher by marriage (or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised) or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof M. Gavaises by email, m.gavaises@city.ac.uk.

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 www.ovgu.de/en/karriere.

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 March 03, 2024 using the online application portal.



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