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Postdoctoral Position in Numerical Simulation of Radiative-MHD

(from Prof. Ben-Wen Li, Dalian, China)


The group of Prof. Dr. Li Ben-Wen, in Institute of Thermal Engineering, School of Energy & Power Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), has a long time and wide experience in researching thermal radiation, and its combinations with others, like, conduction, convection, combustion, and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and especially engaging in the numerical simulation. Recently, we obtained the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project, titled “Research of Thermal Radiation Effects on Magnetohydrodynamics Instabilities” with granted No. 51976021 (Jan. 2020 till Dec. 2023). We are applying for more projects. We have accumulated lots of home-designed codes for pure thermal radiation (with participating media in 3D Cartesian coordinate systems and 2D cylindrical ones), radiation-conduction, radiation-hydrodynamics and radiation-MHD (spectral methods but with limitation of laminar flow). Meanwhile, lots of journal papers have been published. Based on the NSFC project, we are preparing experimental research and also numerical simulations, especially for laminar to turbulent transition. In such cases, a full postdoc position for the experienced scholar, who is an expert in CFD with DNS, is available.

The main task of the postdoc will be the numerical simulations of transition or turbulent Radiative-MHD in a cylinder or rectangular enclosure. The numerical methods can be the Finite Difference method, the Finite Volume method, but the Spectral method will be a priority. At present, the MHD will be limited to quasi-steady cases (the magnetic Reynolds number is far less than unit). For thermal radiation, we expect the full RTE (radiation transfer equation) solution with help of Prof. Li Ben-Wen (many home hold codes using spectral methods). The main challenges may exist in the transition to the spectral code from MMT (matrix multiplication transition) versions to FCT/FFT (fast cosine transformation/fast Fourier transformation) versions, the turbulent radiation interaction (TRI), and the instabilities analysis. The code transition is necessary to reduce computer costs for instabilities and turbulent flow. The spectral methods are necessary to keep the higher accuracy. Based on the simulations, more phenomena/disciplines can be observed/discovered for radiative MHD.
Based on our former works, you will be supervised by Prof. Li Ben-Wen, and collaborating with Ph.D. students. You can guide Ph.D. students both in experiments and simulations, especially the DNS and instability analysis. Your creativity is welcome and expected during the research process.

As for thermal radiation, we have accumulated lots of codes based on spectral methods or discrete ordinates methods (DOM).
Work office and personal computer are provided. The computer center will provide a computation source for large computation, and the computation cost will be paid from the project.
The salary per year is ¥300,000RMB before tax, about $46,470. Our university can provide an apartment with a bath and cook, but cheap rent.
Dalian is the most beautiful city in north-eastern China, and the communications in domestic and international are very fast and convenient.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in Physics or Engineering (or equivalent), with demonstrated experience in CFD in fluid mechanics, or thermo-hydrodynamics, or even in MHD.

We offer the open, stimulating and multi-disciplinary research environment. The duration of the contract will be 2 years. After evaluation, it will be possible to extend another 1 year.

For more information please contact Prof. Li Ben-Wen at: +86-13664102228, heatli(at)


Dr. Ben-Wen Li, Prof. of
Institute of Thermal Engineering
School of Energy & Power Engineering
Dalian University of Technology
Mailing Address:
Room 720, Energy & Power Building in West Campus of Dalian University of Technology
No. 2, Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District
Dalian, 116024, Liaoning Province, China

PhD on the Transition to Turbulence in Particulate Pipe Flows (Coventry, UK)

A PhD position in experimental fluid mechanics is open at the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS), Coventry University, in collaboration with Oxford University, under the joint supervision of Prof. Alban Pothérat, (Coventry University, UK, ) and Prof. Tom Mullin (Oxford University).

The topic concerns the experimental study of pipe flows seeded with particles. At high enough flowrates, flows of liquids in pipes become turbulent. The transition process involves complex nonlinear mechanisms that are still not fully understood. Yet predicting, delaying or triggering – in other words controlling –  the onset of turbulence is a pressing need both as one of the fundamental challenges of fluid mechanics and for the vast range of practical problems where the radically different energy and pressure losses incurred in laminar or turbulent flows have drastic consequences.

A more recent angle to this problem emerged with the growing practical importance of flows seeded with particles that can either prevent or induce a transition to turbulence depending on their size and concentration.  The underlying mechanisms were unknown until recently. The centre for Fluid and Complex systems developed a fully transparent pipe flow device of hitherto unmatched accuracy fitted with a unique optical detection device capable of mapping the motion of fluid and particles simultaneously to make the first breakthrough in this problem of fundamental importance. The question now is to understand how the motions of fluid and particles interact in detail, ultimately manipulate this interaction with electric fields and control the transition.  This is precisely the objective of this PhD, that offers a unique opportunity to use and develop cutting edge experimental techniques to tackle one of the great challenges of nonlinear physics, for both fundamental and practical purposes.

The fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre ( gathers fluid dynamicists, physicists and engineers to tackle fundamental, but also real-life problems involving fluids and complexity with mathematical rigour. For example, aside from its more traditional forte in fluid dynamics and statistical physics, the centre is also developing novel approaches in engineering fluid mechanics, flow measurement and socio-physics. The Fluid Dynamics Group currently comprises 15 Staff and PhD students and runs projects combining theory, numerical simulations and experiments, supported by a number of grants from research funding bodies (EPSRC, The Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society…) and international partnerships. The group forms part of Coventry University’s Mathematics Unit of Assessment (10) for the Research Excellence Framework. 87% of the submission’s output was deemed internationally excellent at REF 2014. The centre prides itself in its active integration of PhD students in its academic life (events, seminars, interaction with its staff) and provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment conducive to the production of world-class research.

Candidates must hold, or be on course for a 1st class Bsc. or Msc. degree in engineering or physics, with previous experimental experience and be motivated to conduct technically advanced experimental projects. Experience in fluid mechanics and/or measurement technology is strongly advised. The position is for a period of 3.5 years and is expected to start in January 2021.

To express interest in this PhD opportunity, please send a CV and a full transcript of academic records to Alban Pothérat (Coventry University, alban.potherat(at) Informal enquiries are encouraged.

PhD positions at Georgia State University (USA)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) invites applications from prospective PhD students interested in magnetohydrodynamics, turbulence, and astrophysical plasmas.  New PhD projects in MHD theory and simulation will focus on modelling the interstellar medium using both local and global simulations.  These projects will use new computer systems at Georgia State University, national and international supercomputers, and data from world-class telescopes. 

The deadline for application is January 15th, 2021.  Successful candidates will enter the program in August 2021.  Research assistantships are available.  Prospective students should apply at

Inquiries about the program and the application process can be directed to Dr. Jane Pratt (jpratt7(at)

Research Fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics on Magnetoconvection in the Earth Liquid Core Funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Full-time, Fixed Term until 31st December 2021
Closing Date: 13 March 2020
Under the supervision of Professor Alban Pothérat, (, Executive Director of the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems Research, Coventry University, UK.

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in Experimental Fluid Mechanics sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust ( The project concerns convection in magnetic fields in the so called “Tangent Cylinder” region of the Earth’s core. Much of the mystery surrounding the Earth’s dynamics (its magnetic field, plate tectonics) lies in the nature of the convective patterns within the Earth’s liquid core, and in particular in the region called the “Tangent Cylinder”. What are the possible convective states under the combined influence of the Earth’s rotation and magnetic field, and how erratic are they? This project is part of a theoretical and experimental research program funded by the Trust that aims at answering these questions. The purpose of the experimental part of the programme is to explore the nonlinear convective states that may exist within a laboratory based ‘Tangent Cylinder’ when suitable perturbations are applied to the flow. These states will then be evaluated to see which are mostly likely to underpin the Earth’s core convection.

The project involves operating a novel experiment previously developed in our group to visualise rotating magnetoconvective patterns. Its principle is to use a weakly conductive, but transparent electrolyte, subjected to the very high magnetic fields available at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory (France). Part of the experimental work will consist of upgrading the technique first developed in this experiment that makes it possible to visualise flow patterns in electrically conductive fluids by means of bespoke Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) methods.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD or equivalent in Fluid Mechanics, Geophysics, or Physics with a proven track record of producing scientific output at the highest level, as evidenced by high-quality journal publications. The Research Associate will work within the vibrant environment of the Fluid Dynamics group, part of the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre, at Coventry University. The group conducts both fundamental and applied research in the fields of stability, magnetohydrodynamics, turbulence and geophysical fluid dynamics as well as other areas of fluid mechanics. In the REF2014, 84% of the group’s output, as part of the mathematics submission, was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’. The project involves extended stays at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, France where the experiment will be operated.

The post is fixed term until 31st December 2021. To apply please also include your CV with a publication list. For further information please contact Professor Alban Pothérat (Coventry University,, +44(0)2477 65 88 65).

Closing Date: 13 March 2020

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Research Associate/Postdoc at HZDR (Dresden)

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,200 people. The Center’s focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

The Institute of Fluid Dynamics is conducting basic and applied research in the fields of thermo-fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics in order to improve the sustainability, the energy efficiency and the safety of industrial processes.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Magnetohydrodynamics, invites applications as Research Associate/Postdoc (m/f/d).

The position will be available from 1st January 2020. The employment contract is limited to three years.


The appearance of thermal superstructures in turbulent convection within very low Prandtl number fluids will be investigated experimentally in a large aspect ratio domain. The experiments will be conducted using the liquid metal Gallium-Indium-Tin (GaInSn) that has a Prandtl number of 𝑃𝑟 ≈ 0.03. Combined temperature and velocity measurements will provide detailed information about turbulent, convective superstructures and their dynamics. A novel Ultrasound-Doppler-Array technique will be used to measure for the first time two dimensional velocity vector fields of the superstructures in a turbulent liquid metal convection.

The project includes the following tasks:

  • preparation and operation of a Rayleigh-Bénard convection cell for liquid metal
  • measurements of global transport laws for heat and momentum
  • simultaneous measurements of flow velocity using ultrasound Doppler velocimetry and temperature distribution using thermocouples
  • investigation of the three-dimensional flow structure and dynamics of turbulent superstructures
  • comparison of the results to direct numerical simulations (carried out by project partners)


  • completed doctorate in physics, mechanical engineering or comparable qualification
  • a strong technical and physical understanding is mandatory
  • background knowledge on thermal convection would be advantageous

We offer:

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence
  • internationality and diversity
  • interesting and diverse tasks, flexible working hours, salary based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund
  • equality of opportunity and family-friendly structures, corporate health management
  • attractive work and research terms in a highly motivated team

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German

Research Fellow position in theoretical fluid mechanics at Coventry University (UK)

Coventry University

Location: Coventry Placed On: 2nd August 2019
Salary: £32,243 to £40,802 per annum Closes: 2nd September 2019
Hours: Full Time Job Ref: REQ007193
Contract Type: Permanent

A Research Fellow position in theoretical fluid mechanics is offered at Coventry University (UK). The project concerns convection under a magnetic field in the so called “tangent cylinder” region of the Earth’s core. Much of the mystery surrounding the Earth’s dynamics (its magnetic field, plate tectonics) lies in the nature of the convective patterns within the Earth’s liquid core, and in particular in the region called the “Tangent Cylinder”. What are the possible convective states under the combined influence of the Earth’s rotation and magnetic field, and how erratic are they? This study is part of a theoretical and experimental research program funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Trust (, that aims at answering these questions. The purpose of this thesis is to theoretically predict the possible nonlinear convective states for the first time. We will then evaluate which of these states are mostly likely to underpin the Earth’s core convection.

The Research Fellow will conduct the theoretical and numerical analysis of the problem under the joint supervision of Prof. Alban Pothérat ( and Dr Chris Pringle.  The study will seek the possible structure of convection by means of advanced stability theory and branch tracking method, to unveil the possible states. In the frame of the research programme, the work is purely theoretical/numerical and will be conducted in collaboration with an experimental study that will seek to reproduce and visualise these non-linear states in an experimental model of the Earth Core.

Successful candidates are expected to hold a PhD in fluid mechanics or a related discipline and to have demonstrated excellent abilities in mathematics and programming.

The successful candidate will be part the vibrant team of internationally recognised academics and PhD students forming the fluid dynamics group within the Applied Mathematics Research Centre, whose work has been ranked at 83% world-class at the UK’ latest Research Excellence Framework in 2014. This unit is part of the Fluid and Complex Systems Research Centre, and specialises in theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics. It is especially renowned for its work on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), turbulence, stability and geophysical flows. The group closely collaborates with partner groups in world-leading institutions in Australia, China, France, Germany and the UK.

Informal enquiries are welcome: please forward a CV and academic records to Prof. Alban Pothérat (

Refs.:: Laboratory model for the convective patterns in the Tangent Cylinder of the Earth core (Aujogue, Pothérat, Sreenivasan & Debray, 2018, Journal of Fluid Mechanics)

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(From Andrew Kao, UK)

PhD Scholarship: Energy Saving Induction Melting by Electromagnetic Containment


Location:                                 Computational Science and Engineering Group, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS

Duration:                                Bursary available for 3 years. Year 1: £15,009, Years 2 and 3: in line with RCUK rate

Starting date:                        1 September, 2019

Application Deadline:           10 July, 2019

Further information:   

Contact:                                  Dr Andrew Kao (



Kind regards,

Andrew Kao

PostDoc position in Computational MHD at UCLA

PostDoc position in Computational MHD at UCLA


from: Sergey Smolentsev


Opening: Postdoctoral position in Computational MHD/LM blanket design and analysis

Location: University of California at Los Angeles, USA, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Duration: 1 year with possible extension to 2 or 3 years

Starting date: As soon as possible

Application deadline: June 30, 2019

Requirements to the candidate: experience of computing LM MHD flows for fusion blanket applications with one or more CFD codes: CFX, FLUENT, OPENFOAM, COMSOL or others

Contact: Dr. Sergey Smolentsev (




(from Andre Giesecke, HZDR, Germany )

The Institute of Fluid Dynamics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR, invites for applications for a PhD position in the field of experimental fluid dynamics.

The research tasks involve experiments on precessing fluid flows and are essential for the preparation of the large scale dynamo currently under construction at HZDR.

The PhD student will be responsible for running regular experiments at the water precession experiment and will conduct he related measurements. The tasks include an upgrade of the experiment and the involvement in the preparation of the forthcoming dynamo experiments. Intensive cooperation is mandatory with the project partners at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Prof. R. Grauer), where related numerical models are conducted.

The position will be available from 1 July 2019. The employment contract is limited to three years.


  • Diploma or M.Sc in physics/mechanical engineering or related subjects with very good marks and a profound background in fluid dynamics and/or magnetohydrodynamics
  • experience in the operation of experiments, preferably in the field of fluid dynamics
  • willingness for close cooperation with project partners from Universitaet Bochum who will conduct related numerical studies (includes travel to Bochum 1-2 times a year)
  • scientific approach to research questions, self-dependent working style and excellent written and oral communication skills in English


  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence
  • internationality and diversity
  • interesting and diverse tasks, flexible working hours, salary based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund
  • equality of opportunity and family-friendly structures, corporate health management
  • attractive work and research terms in a highly motivated team

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 30 April 2019 online via

Andre Giesecke

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Institute of Fluid Dynamics — Magnetohydrodynamics

Tel.: +49-351-260 2227.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Magnetohydrodynamics (100%)

from Andy Jackson (ETH Zürich, Institut für Geophysik)

The Earth and Planetary Magnetism Group at the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich studies planetary magnetism with a strong focus on the Earth. Part of our group is devoted to the mechanisms underlying the generation and evolution of the magnetic field of a planet following theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Magnetohydrodynamics (100%)

The position will develop theory and algorithms for the solution of a new class of self-consistent solution to the governing equations of dynamo theory. Depending on background and experience, the fellow will work on one of the following topics: (i) Application of optimal control to the inviscid fluid dynamical equations, together with analytic treatment of viscous effects (ii) Implicit methods of time-stepping (iii) Development of algorithms for anelastic treatment of giant planets. (iv) Understanding geomagnetic reversals. The project is funded by the ERC and the position is for 2 years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will have a background in mathematics or physical sciences and be expected to (i) carry out his/her own research projects, (ii) co-supervise undergraduate- and graduate-level thesis projects, and (iii) possibly contribute to the teaching of general geophysics courses. We seek a good team-player who can join a small team of about 10 others. Evidence of high performance computing experience is required. The working language of the department is English. At the time of the appointment, the successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in geophysics or a related subject.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: a full CV, short statement of experience and research interests. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group, please visit our website: For further information about the position, please contact Prof Andrew Jackson by e-mail, (no applications).

Applications should be made online at