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2 PHD positions: Multiscale modelling
of agglomeration


Location Enschede
Function types PhD positions
Scientific fields Engineering
Hours 40.0 hours per week
Salary € 2191 - € 2801
Education University Graduate
Job number 888519
About employer University of Twente (UT)

Job description

The Departments of Thermal and Fluid Engineering (TFE) and Design, Production and Management (DPM) are looking for two highly motivated and capable PhD candidates in computational mechanics.

You will be working on developing numerical models for particulate agglomeration processes. This will require the development and calibration of new multi-scale models for fine powders and their application to industrial processes in additive manufacturing, pharmaceutics, process and mechanical engineering, geotechnics, etc. The project focuses on two modern and industrially relevant applications, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and tableting. Challenging and novel aspects of this research are the process dynamics as well as coupling between the particle, agglomerate and bulk scales. For this, you will develop interfaces between two state-of-the-art open-source software packages, MercuryDPM and oomph-lib. The resulting numerical and analytical methods will be capable of quantitative predictions for a wide range of situations, helping to understand the fundamentals of agglomeration, but also allowing us to optimise such processes in the future.


If you are interested in pursuing cutting-edge research in a stimulating and dynamic international working environment, have very good programming skills, or have practical experience in agglomeration processes, please contact us.

More information

For more information about this vacancy, contact dr. Thomas Weinhart,

For more information on the Multiscale Mechanics group, see

For the Design, Production and Management department, see
https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/opm/, or contact
dr.ir. Wessel W. Wits, see https://home.ctw.utwente.nl/witsww/.

For details on the project, see www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/i/23/27623.html

The start of the project is planned early 2017. Candidates that expect to graduate at the master level in relevant fields around the start of this project are also invited to apply.


Please send your application with a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, a transcript (list with grades of courses attended), references and, if applicable, a list of publications before February 28th 2017 through the link below.

Conditions of employment

We offer a very challenging PhD position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. As a PhD candidate you will be appointed in a full-time position for a period of 4 years, after which you should have completed your PhD thesis. Gross monthly salary for this position will range from € 2.191,- in the first year up to € 2.801,- gross per month in the fourth year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (8%) and an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and a number of additional benefits.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.


Closing date: 28.02.2017
Closing date: 28 February 2017 Erschienen auf academics.de am 08.02.2017
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