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

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

Marie Curie Initial Training Network – IPROCOM

Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Billingham, UK

Ref: D14

£ - Very 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 applications, 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.

Theideal 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

Johnson 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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