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PhD opportunity at Queen Mary, University on London, on numerical simulation of particle-laden interfaces

A 3-year PhD scholarship is available to work on simulation methods to treat colloidal
particles that are flowing near, or are transported within fluid interfaces (L.
Botto et al., Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 9957-9971); the focus is on fluid
mechanical aspects coupled with physical-chemistry. For details: webspace.qmul.ac.uk/lbotto

This research topic touches aspects of fluid mechanics, colloidal science, and capillary phenomena. Potentially, the project could require collaborations with experimentalists, or
the development of simple experiments (depending on the candidate's interests). International collaborations, with European and or American groups, are envisioned. The project will provide the candidate with strong foundations in fundamental microscale flow phenomena, and will enable him/her to explore a research topic that is currently attracting
enormous interest in the scientific community: the field of particle laden
interfaces has applications in the oil, pharmaceutical, food, and personal care
industries, and impacts several scientific disciplines, from materials science
to biology and physics.

The scholarship includes full tuition and salary at standard UK PhD-level rate
(about £16000/year).

Requirements: you should hold (or will be holding shortly) a
good degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science. A solid
background in mathematics is essential.  While knowledge of numerical
modelling is not necessary, some experience with programming will be a plus.
Enthusiasm for fundamental scientific enquiries is the primary requirement.

Eligibility: there are no nationality restrictions.

To apply: I am currently accepting informal enquiries,
which should be directed to Lorenzo Botto at l.botto@qmul.ac.uk.
Emails should include a quick introduction about yourself and why you want to
pursue a PhD, and a detailed CV. A formal application form will soon appear on
the university website. The starting date is flexible, but ideally the project should start
around Oct 2013.

Location: The PhD project will be carried out in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London (for an overview: http://youtu.be/dwyA8B95XTQ). The School is located in central London, has excellent research facilities, and has strong research activities focused on scientific computing, fluid and solid mechanics, advanced functional materials,
and bioengineering. The School has recently hired several new faculty member, all of them working in emerging technologies and scientific disciplines, whose
research activities gravitate around the newly-established Materials Research Institute
and Institute of Bioengineering.

Contact

Lorenzo
Botto

School of
Engineering and Materials Science

Queen Mary,
University of London

Email: l.botto@qmul.ac.uk

Web: webspace.qmul.ac.uk/lbotto

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