Vacancy Notice  251/2021

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:

Research Associate (PhD candidate)

Salary Scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
next possible date
Fixed term until:
3 years
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, including interfacial and particle-laden flows.

The objective of the advertised position is to develop computational models to describe gas-liquid interfaces with surface-active substances (surfactants). This will include the development of new numerical models to describe the complex behavior of surfactants adsorbed at a gas-liquid interface and the ensuing stresses that act on the surrounding fluids, as well as conducting systematic studies using our in-house CFD code of the dynamic behavior of droplets, bubbles and liquid films laden with surfactants. For instance, one of the applications that will be of interest in the scope of this project, will be the modelling of the dynamic behavior of the liquid film lining the lungs during breathing.

This position is part of an interdisciplinary project on biological fluid films, in collaboration with the Chair of Soft Matter Physics and the Core Facility Tissue Engineering at OvGU, combining fluid mechanics and biomedical expertise, as well as high-fidelity experiments and numerical modelling.

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

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Derivation and implementation of numerical methods for the modelling of surfactant-laden droplets, bubbles and liquid films
  • Design, execution and analysis of numerical studies of the dynamics, rupture and atomization of surfactant-laden gas-liquid flows
  • Participation in the development of our in-house simulation tools in C and with MPI
  • Cooperation with our collaborators, who will conduct experiments in support of this project

Requirements for the position:

  • MSc degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering, process engineering, applied mathematics, physics or a related discipline
  • Experience in fluid dynamics and, specifically, computational fluid dynamics
  • 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
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English is required

For further information about the position, please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Fabian Denner by email, fabian.denner(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.

At the time of appointment, foreign educational qualifications have to be assessed for equivalence with a German educational qualification. If, in exceptional cases, only the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) ( may carry out this assessment by issuing a so-called Statement of Comparability (SoC), it is the responsibility of foreign certificate holders to apply for such SoC.

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Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, references) by September 26, 2021 (date of receipt of application) using the online application portal.

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