Ph.D. position @ University of Michigan – Dearborn

from Oleg Zikanov, USA.

 Ph.D. position @ University of Michigan – Dearborn

Unsteady plasma-liquid metal interactions in nuclear fusion reactors

Ph.D. research assistantship is available at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Michigan – Dearborn. The successful candidate will be a part of a major project, which involves several national laboratories, universities, and companies and deals with computational modeling of interaction between plasma and liquid-metal components of nuclear fusion reactors during transient events, such as plasma disruptions or ELMs. The main focus of research will be on understanding how liquid-metal flows respond to very rapidly changing strong magnetic fields. New numerical and semi-analytical models will be developed.

The successful candidate will hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics, have a solid background in mathematics, numerical methods, and programming, and demonstrate a keen interest in solving entirely new and challenging problems.

The Ph.D. in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering program is a part of the Rackham school of graduate studies of the University of Michigan. The program has an excellent record of placement its graduates to positions in research, academia, and industry. The advertised Ph.D. assistantship is fully funded for up to five years, which includes full tuition waiver, a competitive stipend, and benefits (see here for more information).

The preferred starting date is January 1, 2024, although candidates with possible starting date of September 1, 2024 will also be considered.

Interested applicants should email Prof. Oleg Zikanov at


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