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PhD studentships in Vortex-induced vibrations

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) ( in Tarragona (Spain), is looking for several enthusiastic research students with a strong interest in fluid dynamics. Successful candidates will join a small but very active multidisciplinary team, working in fluid-structure interaction problems. The research will be mainly experimental and focused in the area of fluid-structure interaction with application to several engineering problems. The ongoing projects the candidates will join are: flow-induced vibrations in offshore structures; flow induced vibrations offshore energy generation devices; and fluid-structure interactions in bioinspired design.

The research studentships will cover URV´s PhD registration fees plus a monthly stipend, equivalent to those granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science (≈1000 € net/month during the first two years and slightly higher the last two). Experimental work will be mainly carried out at the department, but there are also possibilities to participate in several planned experimental campaigns involving large scale facilities. There is also the possibility to use and develop CFD and FEM prediction tools.

CANDIDATES: Successful candidates must hold a good a Master degree in Engineering (equivalent to a MEng/MSc, 4 or 5 years course), preferably in Mechanical, Industrial, Aeronautical or Civil Engineering. Preference will be given to candidates able to demonstrate the following desired skills:

- Matlab, C/C++, FORTRAN or other scientific programming language.

- LabVIEW or other instrumentation oriented programming language.

- Mechanical engineering design tools such as Pro/Engineer, Solidworks…

- Finite Element packages such as ANSYS, ABAQUS,…

- Experience with the use of optical measurement techniques, especially PIV.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested candidates should send the following documents, in English or Spanish, to Francisco J Huera-Huarte (

- Complete CV (with photography)

- List of subjects and grades of first degree.

- Motivation letter (max. 500 words)

- Name and contact details of 2 academic referees.

To avoid problems with the Spam filters, include in the SUBJECT OF THE EMAIL the following: URV 2010-4 PhD studentships, otherwise application might not be processed. The deadline for the applications is the 30th of June 2010. Applicants are expected to work at URV at the beginning of September 2010.

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