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Experienced Researcher Fellowship / Post Doc position - Characterisation of powder properties using DEM (IPROCOM)




Experienced Researcher Fellowship /
Post Doc position - 
of powder properties using DEM

Marie Curie Initial Training Network – IPROCOM

Johnson Matthey Technology Centre,
Billingham, UK

Ref: D14

£ - Competitive

2 years, to start by 1st October 2013

We are seeking a full
time postgraduate researcher with research interests in particle technology,
computer modeling and discrete element methods (DEM) to join Johnson Matthey
Technology Centre (UK) where you will work on DEM modelling regarding the
determination and
validation of catalyst particle properties for Discrete Element Method
, a research project within the IPROCOM consortium funded by European Commission under the FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Programme.

For this Fellowship (equivalent to a Post doc position), you
will work on developing a
DEM modelling platform that can allow the
determination and validation of bulk powder properties using the properties of
single particles. For example, compression and shear cell tests of particle
systems will be simulated using the particle properties as input obtained by
other IPOCROM researchers. The bulk powder properties will be determined from
the response (stresses and strains) of the entire particle system based on the
contact forces between particles.
You will be working in collaboration with
other IPROCOM researchers to validate the DEM modeling and to provide necessary
input information.

(The Development of in silico process models for roll compaction) is a
multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral consortium aiming to develop robust in silico process models that can be
used to predict the properties of intermediate (ribbons/granules) and final
products (tablets/pellets/components) based on the properties of individual
particles and to provide structured training for 15 researchers within a
collaborative research network involving 10 full partners and 4 associate
partners from 8 EU countries.

ideal candidate will have previous experience of
DEM modelling and simulations, have a good understanding of particle technology
and materials characterization
. The candidate should work well in teams,
be self-motivated with good organizational and clear communication skills. It is also expected that you will participate in a wide range of IPTOCOM networking
activities, workshops, short courses, dedicated sessions at international
meetings, and network conferences.

This fellowship is
offered in the context of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network and
transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility.
Therefore your eligibility for the post is determined by Marie Curie
terms and conditions. Researchers may be either EU citizens or from outside the
EU (subject to relevant immigration formalities), but applications will only be
accepted from candidates who must not have resided or carried out their main
activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organization (UK)
for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of
selection by the host institution (UK) - (short stays such as holidays are not
taken into account).

You must be (at the time of recruitment by the host
organisation): in possession of a doctoral degree, or have at least four
years and less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.


For informal inquiries contact regarding IPROCOM: Professor
Chuan-Yu (Charley) Wu,

Link to Prof C Wu Iprocom homepage

Although the position will remain open until filled,
applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before the 30th of April 2013.

The Postdoc position
is expected to start at the beginning of October 2013.

 If you would like to be considered for this
position please go to our website or  Alternatively the direct link to the vacancy
is (


Closing date for applications  30th April 2013

Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages
applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex,
race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil
partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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