Bayern, Germany
Date Posted
3 Dec 2024

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PhD Project
Technical University of Munich

PhD Student Position in Phase Field Modeling and Simulation

Bayern, Germany
3 Dec 2024

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Position Description

The research group “Fluid Dynamics of Complex Biosystems” (FDCB) headed by Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann has an open position in the field of CFD.

Area of research

The research of Professor Germann’s fluid dynamics group focuses on the rheology of viscoelastic fluids that are of industrial relevance (e.g. wormlike micelles, polymer and biopolymer solutions). The reason for the unusual rheological properties of viscoelastic fluids is their microstructural dynamics. To establish a more fundamental understanding of viscoelastic fluids, her research group investigates the relationship between their rheology and their microstructure. The research approach combines laboratory experiments with thermodynamic modeling and numerical simulation. More information about the FDCB group can be found at

Your project

In this joint project, you will be looking at multiphase flows of three components in microfluidics devices that are partially miscible. The flow problem will be described using a new phase-field model of the Cahn-Hilliard type and will be numerically solved using OpenFOAM. The experimental part of the project will be done by Prof. Dr. Mirjana Mincheva’s research group at TUM. Knowledge of phase equilibria (of three-component mixtures) is of big relevance to the chemical and biotechnological industries. The determination of these equilibria, however, is very time intensive and prone to errors. The overall goal is to develop a microfluidics method that alleviates these problems. The simulations will support the design of the setup and provide the process parameters for given sets of mixtures.

Your profile

We are looking for talented individuals who are excited about research and innovation. The applicant should have good communication skills and be able to cooperate with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. He/she should hold a PhD/Master degree in computational engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field. The project will involve the numerical solution and analysis of phase field models using the software package OpenFoam. He/she should have a solid background in fluid mechanics and computation. Fluency in both written and spoken English are required. So that he/she can actively participate in the teaching and project activities of the FDCB group, professional German language skills are essential.

Our offer

The Technische Universität von München (TUM) is one of the most renowned universities in Europe. We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment. The salary is in accordance to the Public Sector Collective Agreement on Länder (TV-L E13/50%). The position can be filled immediately and is initially limited to two years, the second year being contingent on satisfactory progress. Continuation of the appointment beyond this period of time is intended.

How to Apply

Please send your application by electronic mail and preferably in one single pdf-document to For full consideration, the application should include a cover letter, a detailed CV, a list of publications, copies of all educational certificates and transcripts of records, a summary of past research activities, evidence of teaching interest and abilities, and three letters of recommendation. The deadline for application is December 31, 2017. Early applications are encouraged; applications may be processed as soon as they are received. TUM is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

Position Category: Engineering. Position Type: PhD Project.