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Max-Planck-Institute for  Solar System Research

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of solar physics and planetary research with around 300 employees. The interdisciplinary research focus is the investigation of the development, diversity and dynamics of planets, moons, small bodies, the sun and solar-like stars. The MPS develops and operates scientific instruments for current and future space missions (e.g. ESA, NASA), and carries out cosmochemical laboratory investigations of meteorites as well as numerical modeling on state-of-the-art supercomputers.

The institute invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d) in computational fluid dynamics

Melting and dissolution are fundamental processes with significant implications in both engineering and geophysical systems. Their applications range from understanding the behavior of glaciers in polar regions to exploring the icy surfaces of moons in our solar system. In this project, we will study the self-propulsion of solid objects driven by melting or dissolution. This phenomenon occurs when a solid object generates motion due to asymmetrical melting or dissolution. Understanding this process can provide insights into natural behaviors and inspire innovative engineering solutions.

Your Tasks

  • Developing a coupled-fluid structure interaction solver with phase transition.
  • Running simulations on several supercomputers for varied dimensionless parameters.
  • Analysis, results interpretation, and comparisons with experimental results in literature or with collaborators.
  • Writing journal papers and presentation at conferences

You should have

  • PhD in fluid dynamics, physics, or applied mathematics with a strong computational background.
  • Experience in development of MPI code and in running on big clusters.
  • Experience with immersed boundary method or phase field method.
  • Very good command of English (min B2-Level)

Employment Conditions

  • Remuneration is according to the German public salary scale TVöD-Bund E13
  • Social security benefits are in accordance with the public service regulations

The position is available from 1 July 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This position is available for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of extension for another two or more years.

Applications should include a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests and achievements (max. 2 pages), curriculum vitae including the publication list, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. The reference persons will only be contacted for the shortlisted candidates.

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Review of applications will start on 24 June 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

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