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Job Record #15332
Title3 Marie-Curie, ESR Fellowships on ultrasound cavitation
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerCity, University of London
LocationUnited Kingdom, London, London EC1V 0HB
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateMonday, November 26, 2018
We are pleased to advertise 3 Marie Currie – Early Stage Researchers (ESR) positions to begin 
in 2018/19, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission UCOM project. 
The positions will all last three years and will allow the students to participate in an 
exciting research and training programme, enhancing their career perspectives in both the 
academic and non-academic sector. 

The recruited ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme. In addition to their individual 
doctoral projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an 
integrated curriculum of local and network wide training activities related to the development 
of scientific knowledge and the enhancement of transferable skills.

Project Background:
The research funded, aims to develop state-of-the-art models and to experimentally investigate 
ultrasound cavitation and cavitation nucleation, with a final goal of harnessing it for the 
improvement of ultrasound techniques (lithotripsy, histotripsy, drug delivery, etc.) in the 
biomedical field, surface cleaning methods and devices (shockwave device). Moreover, it aims to 
investigate the material properties of tissues and soft-matter, fundamental bubble dynamics, 
thermal effects during bubble collapse and sonochemistry.

Within the frame of UCOM project, CITY offers three (3) PhD topics:
1. Project title: Thermo-chemical effects of collapsing bubbles 
Objectives: (1) To develop an algorithm capable of resolving the thermal and chemical effects 
during the bubble collapse. (2) Validate the solver against published and newly obtained data. 
(3) Development of a sub-grid model for chemical effects and heating in practical, macroscopic 
ultrasound applications.

2. Project title: Material deformation due to collapsing bubbles.
Objectives: (1) To develop/validate a numerical model for analyzing the FSI due to a collapsing 
bubble; (2) To derive a macroscopic sub-grid model for mechanical loads and material damage in 
tissues/tissue mimicking materials.  

3. Project title: Cavitation cloud and tissue interaction.
Objectives: (1) To implement/validate models for predicting cavitation cloud behaviour in 
tissues; (2) To employ the developed methodology for prediction of histotripsy and shock wave 
device performance.

Person Specifications: 
We are looking for enthusiastic Early Stage Researchers, who want to apply know-how and 
experience in a challenging technical environment. In more specific terms:
• Applicant is in the first 4 years of his/her research career. This is measured from the date 
of graduation (MSc degree or equivalent), which formally entitles him/her to embark on a 
• Master (or equivalent) degree in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry
• Applicant should not have been living in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
• Advanced understanding of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics is essential. Chemistry 
background is a plus.
• Understanding of numerical methods and techniques
• Advanced experience with programming languages is necessary (e.g. Fortran, C/C++, ...).
• Experience in any of the following is a plus: Parallel computing (OpenMP, MPI)
• Demonstrated experience in using/modifying commercial/open source CAE software is a huge plus 
(e.g. ANSYS Fluent, OpenFOAM).
• Good communication skills.
• Knowledge of the English language, both oral and written (Proficiency or equal).

Three (3) successful candidates will be employed for 3 years (36 months) and will receive a 
financial package including mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early 
Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks 

Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the following main 
• To work closely with the principal investigator and co-ordinator to ensure project 
deliverables and milestones are met in a timely manner.
• To assist in the dissimilation and outreach activity by providing suitable material to the 
project web site.
• Being able to function both in a team and independently, with a good positive attitude to the 
wide variety of people encountered
• A critical and inquisitive attitude with regard to results, which can be translated into new 
research questions.
• To liaise closely with and travel to the premises of the partners on the project, or to other 
sites, to meet any industrial requirements of the position, observing the specific rules of the 
Marie Curie actions.
• To play a leading role in raising the national and international profile of The Team by 
publishing articles in international journals, attendance at conferences, 
• To work as a member of the research centre within the discipline, playing a full part in the 
research life of the research team of the partner institutions.
• To play an appropriate role in planning and shaping future strategy and direction, working 
with other staff within The Team in a collegiate framework.
• To undertake other duties as required by the project coordinator. 

How to apply:
Applications are ONLY accepted through the URL address provided below. 
Applicants should include in their online application:
• letter of motivation,
• curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,
• copy of transcripts and of their degree, and a copy of master’s thesis or any other 
publications (if available),
• two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by the former Master thesis supervisor and their 
referees contact details).

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #15332 when responding to this ad.
NameNikolaos Chatziarsenis
Email ApplicationNo
Phone+44 (0)20 7040 3028
AddressNorthampton Square, Clerkenwell
London EC1V 0HB
Record Data:
Last Modified17:08:59, Thursday, November 08, 2018

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