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28 Aug 2024

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PhD Project

Postdoctoral Position (or PhD Student Position) in Computational Rheology

28 Aug 2024

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Position Description

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

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, polymeric 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 thermodynamic modeling and numerical simulation with laboratory experiments.
More information about Professor Germann’s fluid dynamics group can be found at
Your project

The collaborative project “Teigrheologie und Oberflächeneigenschaften” (AiF 6474/15 N) between the groups of Profs. N. Germann and Th. Becker is on the relationship between the bulk and surface rheology of dough. The aim is to build a CFD toolbox that can predict the quality of dough already during dough processing. For the validation of the CFD toolbox, experimental data will be provided by the project partner.

Your profile

We are looking for a talented individual who is excited about research and interested in pursuing an academic career. He/she should be able to work independently as well as to cooperate in an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Applicants should hold a PhD degree (postdoctoral position) or a Master degree (graduate student position) in computational engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field. The project will involve the numerical solution and analysis of viscoelastic fluid models using the software package OpenFoam. He/she should have a solid background in fluid mechanics and computational rheology. Previous experience with OpenFoam and is required. Good communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English are required. German language skills are desirable.

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). The wage classification will be carried out after presenting the personal requirements as pay grade TV-L E 13.This salary is awarded as the candidate will also have some teaching and administrative duties. The position can be filled from November 2015 and is initially limited to two years, the second year being contingent on satisfactory progress.

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 October 31, 2015. 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: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project.