PhD Scholarship in Physics of Contact Line Motion

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in fluid mechanics. The funding allows successful candidate to work for two years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before October 08, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

This position as a PhD student is within INTERFACE, a research environment funded by the Swedish Research Council using multiscale methods to study boiling, friction and synthesis of biomaterial. A major goal of this environment is developing multiscale methodology for understanding and improving how topological and chemical structure on surfaces affects drag and boiling, with the final aim of systematically reducing drag and improving heat transfer. Of particular importance in these processes is the three-phase contact line, where substrate, liquid and gas meet. Friction and (de)pinning of the contact line often control how liquid moves over a surface. Here molecular processes play a key role. In this position, molecular dynamics will be used to study contact line motion under non-equilibrium conditions due to flow and/or heat transfer. Fundamental physical processes need to be identified and modeled. The resulting models will be used in continuum simulations to study drag and boiling, in close collaboration with other members of the project. Analysis of the results will enable systematic improvement of desired fluid behavior by tuning surface properties at the nano-scale.

The INTERFACE environment is a collaboration between several groups at the departments of Applied Physics and Mechanics and the Wallenberg wood science center at KTH. The environment is multi-disciplinary, international and includes main developers of the popular GROMACS molecular simulation package, which will be used in this project.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement.
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
- Our group and INTERFACE offer an international and collaborative environment.

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

A suitable background for this position is a Master of Science in physics. The candidate should have a strong interest in computer simulations. Experience with statistical mechanics and fluid mechanics is valued.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
- ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
- ability to collaborate with others,

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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