Project Researcher in Computational Fluid Dynamics 1.12.2018–30.11.2020

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from the humanities, pedagogics and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) Turku, Finland invites applications for a fixed-term, Project Researcher fellowship on the computational fluid dynamics of nanocellulosic materials. The successful applicant will be working in the SimNano – Numerical simulation of coating processes for naoncellulosic materials research project, a co-operation between Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting at ÅAU and Linné FLOW Science Centre/Mechanical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The Fellowship, funded by the Tandem Forest Values program, will be placed within the Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting at ÅAU and will be jointly supervised by Professor Martti Toivakka at ÅAU and Professor Fredrik Lundell at KTH. For details of the research groups see web pages at www.abo.fi/LPCC and www.flow.kth.se.

The appointment will be for two years, starting preferably on December 1, 2018, and at latest on January 1, 2019. During the two-year project, the project researcher is expected to spend approximately equal amount of his or her work time at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, including a continuous period of at least six months at each institute.

WORK TASKS

The focus of the project is, through use of computational fluid dynamics, develop an understanding of the mechanisms that control the flow of nanocellulosic materials in various industrially relevant situations. The results aim at overcoming issues related to the complex flow behavior that challenge large-scale production of nanocellulose coatings and films. The project will develop numerical simulation-based tools that can be used to solve problems of both fundamental and practical importance. Appropriate material models for various types of nanocellulosic materials are adapted based on relevant rheological characterization, and the simulation results are verified with applicable flow visualization techniques.

Project researchers follow the system of a total working time of 1624 h/year. The work tasks are annually specified in a work plan.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

In accordance with the Personnel Regulations of Åbo Akademi University (accepted by the University Board 17.8.2017) a doctoral degree is a pre-requisite for employment as Project Researcher. Pre-requisite for the position is a PhD or equivalent degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or other closely related relevant field.

To qualify, the applicant should have expertise in numerical simulation, including familiarity of pertinent computational tools, e.g. Flow3D, ANSYS, ABAQUS, OpenFOAM, Elmer, COMSOL Multiphysics or their equivalent.

We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven candidates that are able to work independently but also collaborate with research groups at ÅAU & KTH. Effective communication skills in English, both oral and written, are expected.

SALARY

The salary for project researchers is based on levels 5 – 6 of the job demand level for teaching and research personnel according to the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance is paid.


APPLICATION

The application with the attachments enclosed (listed below) should be submitted electronically by Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (CET +1) at (www.abo.fi/jobb).

- Cover Letter, where you introduce yourself, present your qualifications and briefly describe previous research fields and main research results

- Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications

- A copy of the doctoral degree certificate

- Misc / Additional (Optional)

- Two reference letters with contact information


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information about the position, please contact professor Martti Toivakka (e-mail: Martti.Toivakka@abo.fi , tel: + 358 2 215 4852).



Åbo Akademi University is actively working for equal gender distribution and diversity in all staff categories.

Applying starts: 2018-09-14 13:00 Applying ends: 2018-10-21 23:59
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