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17-23 July 2023:: Complex Motion in Fluids Summer School

from Ed Brambley, Warwick, UK


There might be interest in the following summer school (supported by our very own James Sprittles and Shreyas Mandre); please do pass this on to any PhDs or PostDocs you think might be interested:

Applications are now open for the 2023 edition of the Complex Motion in Fluids Summer School, which will take place at the University of Cambridge on 17-20 July 2023:

The school is organised by the University of Cambridge (UK) in collaboration with the University of Twente (NL), École Polytechnique (F) and the Technical University of Denmark (DK); this will be the 11th summer school in the “Complex Motion in Fluids” series.

Places are limited to 50 participants in the first instance, with priority given to early-career researchers such as PhD students and junior postdocs. The application deadline is 31 March 2023. The standard registration fee is £725, and it includes lectures, all meals, tea and coffee breaks, and accommodation for five nights

18 Sept 2023:: 9th International Scientific Colloquium “Modelling for Materials Processing” 2023

Colloquium “Modelling for Materials Processing” 2023 will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 18–19 September 2023. Flyer MMP.

Please send abstracts of up to 1500 signs (0.5 page), describing the content of the paper and the authors to the following email:

The abstract submission deadline is 31 March 2023.

Online registration is available from 1 December 2022 on the following website: Registration

In the tradition of the international scientific colloquiums Modelling for Materials Processing held in Riga in 1999, 2001, 2007, 2010 and 2017, and Modelling for Electromagnetic Processing held in Hanover in 2003, 2008 and 2014, the Institute of Numerical Modelling and Institute of Physics of the University of Latvia are organising the next colloquium Modelling for Materials Processing in Riga in September 2023, together with the Institute of Electrotechnology of the Leibniz University Hannover.

The results presented at the colloquium will cover recent numerical and experimental research activities in the field of industrial processing technologies for creating new and alternative materials, materials of the highest quality and purity, and new innovative products.

Contacts: mmp2023(at)

Job Opening: Head of Liquid Metal R&D

Head of Liquid Metal R&D

Start on/after: March 1, 2023
For full consideration, apply by: February 1, 2023
If a potentially good or excellent match, we will contact you within 1 week from applying.

Imagine gravity-defying free-surface liquid metal layers, 0.5 m thick. Imagine them to coat the inside (“ceiling”, walls and “floor”) of the fusion device, and flow at several m/s. Can you picture that? Good. Now imagine being the leader of the Department that will make this a reality. Such heat-removing, neutron-shielding layers will be key to the commercial success of fusion with our approach and, we believe, with any other sensible approach. Excited? Keep reading. 

We are looking for an experienced, world-class engineer, physicist or material-scientist to inspire and lead the Liquid Metal R&D Department. The department will initially consist of 7 scientists, engineers and technicians, and is expected to double in size within 3 years.


Responsibilities as a leader:

  •  Form and lead the liquid metal department. Present status: 1 position filled and 6 positions advertised, of which 2 in advanced interview stage.

  • Doer/manager. Occasionally contribute to experiments and calculations. Regularly spark fruitful, objective-driven scientific discussions and contribute to them.

  • Write overview research papers and deliver keynote talks at research conferences.

  • Identify potential partners (suppliers, customers, academic collaborators etc.). Set up and cultivate collaborations. Maximize co-creation of value.

  • Monitor, foster and inspire advancements by the liquid metal team. Coordinate and enable the on-time, on-budget, on-specs accomplishment of technical milestones, including but not limited to:

    • Liquid Metal (LM) pumps.

    • Closed loops, ducted.

    • Full coverage of cylinder interiors with free-surface, flowing, gravity-defying thick LM. Extension to more complicated, larger surfaces.

    • Feedback stabilization of LM instabilities.

    • Control of multi-phase LM flows containing solid pebbles. 

    • Minimization of corrosion and removal of corrosion by-products.

    • Tritium extraction.

    • Lithium enrichment.

    • Integration of LMs with High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) coils and within the whole fusion device.

Responsibilities as a team member

  • Receive/give feedback from/to team members. 

  • Work closely with the CTO, the Head of HTS manufacturing and Heads of Engineering. Set directions for the LM department in collaboration with them, as well as other technical leaders (internal and external) and internal team-members. Similarly, help setting non-LM goals, especially if affecting or affected by LMs. 

  • Work closely with internal and external colleagues on the neutronic characterization of LMs, their substrates and related materials.

  • Quickly adapt to new internal information (delays, new results etc.). Work with an analyst to follow technical and commercial progress by LM competitors, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, and (re)act accordingly.

Qualifications -essential:

  • PhD degree in physics or in electrical, mechanical or nuclear engineering, or in materials science .

  • 10+ years of experimental research experience in liquid metal magnetohydrodynamics (LMMHD) in the academia, or in (inter)national labs, or in the industry.

  • 2+ years of experience and proven ability to manage and lead “big science” or “deep tech” projects and teams.

  • World-class publication record, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and commitment to driving the LM department to exceptional publications and presentations. 

  • Organizational and problem-solving skills. Attention to details and to the big picture. Ability to think outside of the box, inspire others to do likewise, instill a result-oriented mentality, fast pace and enjoyable atmosphere. 

  • Ability to identify non-traditional applications of LMs (materials, subsystems such as pumps, sensors etc., and full systems) and to align innovation with commercial attractiveness. 

  • Good understanding of and connections with the LM ecosystem (suppliers, customers, collaborators etc.). 

  • Experience working safely with liquid Li, Na or other hot, flammable, corrosive fluids.  

  • Ability to break down complex problems in small, manageable tasks. Ability to prioritize them based on relevance to the company mission and other metrics.

  • Ability to inspire, stimulate and align scientific discussions within the LM department. Ability to translate them into actionable plans and lead the team to successful, timely execution.

Qualifications -desirable:

  • 2+ years of research experience in LMs applied to nuclear fusion, fission, metallurgy or for the automotive or medical industry.   

  • 2+ years of experience in high temperature operation, heat extraction and heat transfer. 

Qualified and interested?

Send your cv and motivational e-mail to

3-7 July, 2023:: 49th European Conference on Plasma Physics — Bordeaux

The 49th European Conference on Plasma Physics will be held in Bordeaux from the 3rd of July to the 7th of July in 2023 (Conference site: Bordeaux Congress Centre, Av. Jean Gabriel Domergue, 33300 Bordeaux). This annual conference covers the wide field of plasma physics including magnetic confinement fusion, beam plasma and inertial fusion, low-temperature plasmas, and basic, space, and astrophysical plasmas.


On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee and Local Organization committee, nominations for Plenary and Invited Talks for the European Plasma Physics Conference 2023 (EPS 2023) are now open. Nominating speakers highlights the work of researchers making an impact in plasma physics. Nominations will be closed, on November 18, 2022. A proposition for nomination does not guarantee an invited talk. The speakers selected by the Program Committee will be contacted directly by the Scientific Program Committee. Regardless of the nomination outcome, an abstract must be submitted separately on the website of the conference for consideration to be part of the technical program.


  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion Plasma
    • Edge and plasma-wall interactions
    • Turbulence and transport
    • Equilibrium and MHD
    • Scenario development and control
    • Diagnostics
    • Heating and fuelling
    • Burning plasma issues
  • Beam Plasmas & Inertial Fusion
    • Inertial confinement and high gain target design
    • Hydrodynamics and instabilities
    • Ultra-intense laser interaction and fast ignition
    • High energy density matter
    • Inertial fusion energy drivers and reactors
    • Laser and ion beam coupling with plasma
    • Laser and plasma-based accelerators
    • Radiation and particle sources
  • Low Temperature and Dusty Plasmas
    • Discharge modelling
    • Plasma kinetics
    • Diagnostics (including LIBS)
    • Plasma processing and applications
    • Basic processes in dusty plasmas
    • Strongly coupled plasmas
  • Basic, Space & Astrophysical Plasmas
    • Solar, space and astrophysical plasmas
    • Laboratory astrophysics
    • Fundamental plasma physics
    • Waves and turbulence in laboratory plasmas

Submission form (closed on November 18, 2022)
Please submit your proposal to the following link: Submission

Alexis Casner , on behalf of the local Organizing Committee Sébastien Lepape, on behalf of the Program Committee.

For any questions send an email to eps2023bordeaux(at)

PhD position at Reims Champagne-Ardenne University France

(from Anne-Lise Daltin, URCA, Reims, France )


Deadline for appications extended to 29 June 11:59

SNI Doctoral School – Digital and Engineering Sciences

Specialization in Materials Sciences, Surfaces and Interfaces

Laboratory: Materials and Mechanical Engineering Research Unit (MATIM)

Supervision of the thesis Anne-Lise DALTIN (

Co-Director Florica LAZAR (

Financing from 03-10-2022 to 02-10-2025

Start of the thesis on October 3, 2022

Application deadline (at 11:59 p.m.) June 16, 2022 29 June 2022, 11:59 p.m.


Title :     Surface structuring by magnetoelectrodeposition (SURFMED)


Key-words: magnetoelectrochemistry; magnetic fields; surface structuring; wetting; sustainability ; heat exchange;

Supervisor: Anne-Lise DALTIN – Materials and Mechanical Engineering (MATIM) –

Thesis co-director:  Florica LAZAR – Matériaux et Ingénierie Mécanique (MATIM) –


Description of the research problem:

Context and challenges

In the MATIM laboratory, we carry out fundamental and application-oriented research related to energy and environmental aspects in different research fields.

The SURFMED project is part of a program which aims to develop innovative functionalized surfaces by magneto-electrochemical methods and to investigate their performance and resistance to aging for electro and magneto wetting applications. The final application is aimed at increasing heat transfer at the millimeter scale.

Magneto-electrochemistry is used in this project to design super-hydrophobic patterns, especially for electro-wetting studies, with good permittivity control at the micro-scale of the deposit.

Scientific objectives

– Synthesis of formed coatings and understanding of nucleation and growth mechanisms under the effect of forces induced by magnetic fields. characterization (physico-chemical and electrochemical);

– Modeling of electrochemical processes considering magnetohydrodynamic flows;

– Determination of process – structure – property relationships through a multi-scale and interdisciplinary approach. The specific properties sought relate to the intended objective, namely the optimization of the cooling regimes;

– Evaluation of the durability of these coatings under operating conditions and study of their resistance to corrosion by electrochemical methods.

Methodology and implementation techniques

A first part will consist in defining the parameters necessary to obtain well-structured alloy coating morphologies and the analysis of the reactions involved. Parameters such as electrolyte compositions, temperature during electrodeposition, current densities, potential, pulsed mode deposition parameters will be defined. This task will include the study of nucleation and growth mechanisms by analyzing electrochemical curves and modelling the influence of MHD and µMHD forces.

A second part will include the morphological and structural characterization by SEM and XRD of the synthesized coatings and the roughness will be determined.

The surface properties of alloy coatings are important in determining the durability and aging of a deposit. Zeta potential measurements of the alloy coating will be performed to determine surface charge as a function of various synthesis parameters to optimize wettability. The anti-corrosion properties of the coatings will be analyzed in an environment similar to their intended end use by measurements of corrosion potential, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and physical analysis.



Profile and required skills:


Engineer and/or master level – Good level of general and scientific knowledge. Good level of oral and written French and/or English. Good analytical, synthesis, innovation and communication skills. Qualities of adaptability and creativity. Motivation for research activity. Prerequisites (specific skills for this PhD thesis): Good knowledge of chemistry in general and solid-state physico-chemistry in particular. Knowledge of materials science and electrochemistry would be appreciated.



Contacts :

The candidate is invited to contact the Scientific Manager of the PhD thesis subject (Anne-Lise DALTIN ; Tel: +33(0)3 26 91 84 49 who will send the Doctoral School a reasoned opinion on his application.

Co-director: Florica LAZAR ; Tel: +33(0)3 26 91 87 44




June 9-10, 2022: UKMHD2022 meeting

Over the past four decades or so, the annual Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) meeting has become established as the leading national annual gathering for discussing the challenges and opportunities in Astrophysical, Geophysical and Laboratory MHD. This meeting will look to the UK’s researchers and their collaborator’s scientific achievements in the subject.

Sessions will address key research topics investigated by the UK MHD community giving priority to young researchers to present their work. With senior participants from across the country, poster presentations, and informal discussions, this two day meeting will provide you with the opportunity to meet the authors and listen to the research work carried out in various research groups.

Links: UKMHD 2022

Deadline: (contributors): May 20, 2022

Registration: UKMHD2022 website

21 April 2022 — MHD School 2022

Dear all,

with this email I announce that the MHD school will be held in April and May, 2022.
The program of the school is available at the link MHD School 2022 (

This course held in English is designed for students, engineers and scientists from industry and research centers who wish to improve their knowledge in the field of applied Magneto-hydrodynamics.

Although the theoretical background of MHD is reviewed, the course is mainly oriented towards the numerical methods and application to industrial processes.

Participants should have a degree in applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, or chemistry.

Private or group discussions can take place at the end of the lectures, in order to treat more specific problems which the participants may raise

People should register in the webpage.

Best regards,

Abdellah Kharicha

Ass.-Prof (Priv. Doz.) Dr. M.Sc. Abdellah Kharicha

Christian-Doppler Laboratory for Metallurgical Applications of Magnetohydrodynamics
Department of Metallurgy
Montanuniversität Leoben
Franz-Josef-Str. 18
A – 8700 Leoben
Office:        0043 3842 402 3115
Secretary: 0043 3842 402  3104
Fax:           0043 3842 402 3102

MHD School 2022

13 September 2022 — 14th EUROMECH [European Fluid Mechanics Conference], Athens 



  EXPIRED   Abstract submission deadline: March 15th 2022
Authors’ notification about abstract acceptance: April 12th 2022
Early Registration deadline: June 15th 2022
Late Registration deadline: September 5th 2022
Conference starts: September 13th 2022

PhD-Student / Scientist (f/m/d) position in HZDR (due 31-03-2022)

PhD-Student / Scientist (f/m/d) Simulation of Gas Evolution in Electrolyzers

PDF:  Call-HZDR-2022-03-04

Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) / Institute of Fluid Dynamics in Dresden, Germany invites applications as PhD-Student / Scientist (f/m/d) Simulation of Gas Evolution in Electrolyzers. The position will be available from 1 May 2022. The employment contract is limited to three years. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022.


  • Numerical simulation of multiphase flows in electrochemical energy devices
  • Focus on growth/dynamics of gas bubbles in supersaturated solutions
  • Development of advanced simulation tools
  • Interaction with experimental groups and industry partner
  • Opportunity to prepare a PhD thesis


  • Master’s or Diploma degree in Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or similar
  • Experience in modeling multiphysics flow problems
  • Coding experience (C, C++, script languages)
  • Useful are experiences with OpenFOAM/basilisk/Comsol/CFX/Fluent
  • Very good communication skills in English, of advantage would be communication skills in German
  • Cooperating with project partners including industry

More details and application platform:

Issue #1, 2022





  1. PostDoc Position at Newcastle University  (deadline 5 April 2022)
  2. BIFD22 — Call for Abstracts (deadline 28 February 2022)
  3. Call for proposals for IUTAM Symposia and Summer Schools 2024/2025



PostDoc Position at Newcastle University 

from Graeme Sarson, Newcastle, UK

Dear colleagues,

We are looking to recruit a postdoc to work with Dr Céline Guervilly and Dr Graeme Sarson on a STFC-funded project on the dynamics of stably-stratified layers in planetary cores. The project concerns double-diffusive convection and will incorporate the effects of rotation, spherical geometry and magnetic fields. The goal is to explain how a stably-stratified layer located at the top of the core shapes the magnetic field observed at the surface of the planet. The position is based at Newcastle University and is funded for three years with a flexible start date.

Applications close 5th April 2022. Further details can be found at:

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Céline Guervilly (

Best wishes,

Céline and Graeme


9th International Symposium on Bifurcations and Instabilities in Fluid Dynamics (BIFD22) [ 16-19 August 2022, Netherlands]

Call for Abstracts

The scope of the conference ranges from industrial applications to academic model problems, and from experimental, to computational and theoretical studies. See  for the conference subjects.


  • Abstract submission opens: January 14, 2022
  • Deadline for abstract submission: February 28, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2022
  • Registration opens May 14, 2022
  • Early bird registration closes: June 30, 2022
  • Late registration closes: July 31, 2022


Abstracts can be submitted through the abstract submission form which can be found on the website below.



Fred Wubs, Alef Sterk, Martin Sanders, and Sarah van Wouwe


Prof. Zvi Pinhas Bar-Yoseph (Technion)

Prof. Morten Brøns (Technical University of Denmark)

Prof. Alexander Gelfgat (Tel Aviv University)

Prof. Alexander Oron (Technion)


Call for proposals for IUTAM Symposia and Summer Schools 2024/2025

from Henryk Petryk, Secretary-General of IUTAM

To: Members and Observers of the IUTAM General Assembly

Dear Colleagues,

As you know from my circular correspondence, the call for proposals for
IUTAM Symposia and Summer Schools to be held in 2024 or 2025 is open,
with the deadline for submissions being 31 March 2022. No extensions of
the deadline are planned. Further details of the call are provided in my
email below.

Symposia and Summer Schools are one of IUTAM’s major areas of activity
and means of fulfilling the Union’s goal of promoting the development of
mechanics. It is of utmost importance that IUTAM remain the organizer of
regular scientific meetings on cutting-edge topics in mechanics.
Therefore, I would like to kindly ask you as the Representatives of
Adhering and Affiliated Organizations of IUTAM to help spread
information about the present call for proposals. Your help in
encouraging top researchers in your community to submit high-quality
Symposia/Summer Schools proposals would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,
Henryk Petryk
Secretary-General of IUTAM



Next Hydromag Newsletter : end of April 2022.

Please send information you wish to be included into this issue to


not later than 20 of April, 2022.

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Alex Pedcenko

Coventry University