Research Fellow in Theoretical and Numerical Fluid Mechanics (Coventry, UK)

Job title: Research Fellow

Job reference: REQ010475

  • Application closing date: 24/02/2023
  • Faculty / School or Service: Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS)
  • Salary: £35,333 – £44,737 Per annum
  • Package: As one of Coventry’s biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances
  • Basis: Full time
  • Job category/type: Research


Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow in theoretical and numerical fluid mechanics sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Junho Park and Prof. Alban Potherat on nonlinear stability and turbulence modelling in two specific problems.
The first problem aims at Modelling turbulence induced by hydrodynamic instability in differentially-rotating flows. The project will investigate theoretically and numerically the nonlinear development of centrifugal instability in differentially-rotating flow and develop a new turbulence model for multi-physics simulations. The project will advance our understanding of instability-driven turbulence and its role in multi-physics processes, for instance, those in the evolution of stars.
The second problem will consist in seeking the nonlinear states of convection in vessels heated from below and cooled from the top (Rayleigh-Bénard problem) in cases where the boundaries are not simple planes, and when the flow is subject to magnetic fields and background rotation. The question is whether convection can set in subcritically, ie, for lower critical temperature differences than predicted by the standard Rayleigh-Bénard theory. The answer could bring a new understanding of how planets sustain their magnetic fields but also advance our understanding of processes taking place in alloy casting.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have a deep understanding of fundamental fluid dynamics such as hydrodynamic stability, convection, turbulence, or rotating flows, and advanced knowledge of geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics and nonlinear systems in general. Experience with high-performance numerical simulations such as direct numerical simulation (DNS) or large-eddy simulation (LES), or in branch tracing techniques would be an advantage. In addition, the successful candidate should also be experienced in applying relevant numerical methods using MATLAB, Fortran, Python, Fortran or C++ (or similar).

The successful candidate should hold a PhD or equivalent in Fluid Mechanics or a related subject with a proven track record of producing scientific output at the highest level, as evidenced by high-quality journal publications. The Research Fellow 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 REF2021, 95% of the group’s output, as part of the mathematics submission, was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

The successful candidate’s academic development will be supported through Coventry University’s Early Career Researcher support programmes, alongside other researcher development activities. Given the importance of public engagement activities to this project, they will be given the opportunity to complete a Media Training Skills course.

Apply Online and more details: Link

Hydromag Newsletter #1, 2023

Dear Colleagues, few announcements:







The Next Hydromag Newsletter is due by the end of April 2023. Please send your information that

You would like to be included to the next issue to


no later than 15 April 2023.

Best Regards,

Alex Pedcenko

Coventry University


24-26 July, 2023:: iTi 2023 — Conference on Turbulence X

Dear Colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to attend the iTi Conference on Turbulence X in Bertinoro, Italy, July 24th – 26th, 2023. The iTi (interdisciplinary Turbulence initiative) is a series of conferences organized to focus on different aspects of both fundamental and applied turbulence research. Therefore, both engineers, physicists, and mathematicians working in the field of turbulence are invited to join the conference.

It is quite clear that the Covid pandemic is not over yet, still, most of countries are seeking to return to normality to some extent. Especially in the summer months, this seems possible because the incidence rates are comparatively low. Also, against the background of many requests from the turbulence community, we have decided to hold the 10th iTi during the summer again fully in person.

Topics comprise themes such as: Fundamentals, Modeling, Simulations (DNS and LES), Mathematical Methods, Coherent Structures/Vortices, Scaling Laws and Intermittency, Large Re flow experiments, Convection, Polymers and Scalars, Scalar Mixing and Particles, Turbulent Boundary Layers, Atmospheric flows and MHD.

In 2023 we will have the 10th anniversary of the iTi series and it will again take place in one of the most beautiful conference centers in Europe: The University Centre of Bertinoro. The Centre is located in three large historical and monumental buildings on the top of an ancient town. A video highlighting the wonderful atmosphere of the castle can be viewed here:

We are happy to confirm our invited speakers for the 10th iTi, namely Bettina Frohnapfel (KIT, Germany), Roberto Camussi (University Roma Tre, Italy), Hassan Nagib (IIT, USA), Martín Oblidago (Université Grenoble Alpes, France) and Dennice Gayme (Johns Hopkins University, USA).

Like in the previous editions the peer-reviewed proceedings will be published in the volume “Progress in Turbulence X” by Springer.

Dates and deadlines

  • Abstract submission: February, 15th 2023
  • Response/accepting the contribution: March, 5th 2023
  • Early registration for Conference: April, 10th 2023
  • Late registration for Conference: July, 24th 2023
  • Submission of full paper: August, 31st 2023

Essential information is already available on the conference website including items such as LaTeX and Word templates for the preparation of the abstracts.

Despite global inflation, we have kept prices consistently low.

We are very happy to welcome you in Bertinoro.

Best wishes


Martin Oberlack (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Joachim Peinke (Universität Oldenburg / ForWind)

Alessandro Talamelli (Università di Bologna)

Ramis Örlü (KTH Stockholm)

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