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Postdoc within Computational Fluid Dynamics to Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences, offers a three-year Postdoc position within numerical methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), starting 1 June 2020 or soon thereafter.

Job description

The Postdoc is part of the research project “Numerical Methods for Interfacial Flows (InterFlow)” sponsored by Independent Research Fund Denmark and by the department. The main aim of the InterFlow project is to develop accurate and efficient numerical methods improving our ability to simulate fluid flows involving complex fluid interfaces. Such simulations are used extensively in many areas of engineering e.g. to predict extreme loads from breaking waves on offshore wind turbines and in the analysis of bubbly flows in chemical processing plants. The emphasis of the Postdoc will be on detailed modelling of the curvature of gas-liquid interfaces and the associated surface tension forces.

The developed numerical methods will be implemented in OpenFOAM and released as open source code. OpenFOAM is a widely used open source CFD code library written in C++. The postdoc will become part of and actively engage in the global open source community around the OpenFOAM code. The project also involves collaboration with the Fluides Complexes et Instabilités Hydrodynamiques research group at Sorbonne Université in Paris, France.

The position will involve active daily collaboration with the other research group members working on related numerical challenges, e.g. via journal clubs and collaborative organization of summer schools and workshops. The position may also involve specific engineering applications of the developed numerical methods in collaboration with other departments and/or companies. Emphasis will be on areas of applications where our technology assists the green transition. The position will include some amount of teaching, mainly 1st year mathematics for engineering students. Teaching tasks may take place at any of the three Aalborg University campuses (Aalborg, Esbjerg, Copenhagen).

What we offer

We offer a unique opportunity to strengthen your research profile and solve a long-standing scientific challenge within CFD. If successful, your research will have an immediate impact in a wide range of engineering areas and industries.

Our research group is located at Aalborg University’s attractive Copenhagen campus right at the harbor front. Copenhagen is ranked as one of the worlds most liveable cities. Aalborg University is ranked as one of the best engineering universities in Europe. We offer freedom with responsibility, flexible working hours, and an informal and curiosity driven working environment.

Your profile

  • A PhD degree in mathematics, physics, computer science or similar with knowledge of fluid dynamics.
  • Strong programming skills including experience with C++ and object oriented programming.
  • Experience with CFD, OpenFOAM and numerical methods.
  • Ability to work independently and to plan and carry out a research project.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Preference will be given to candidates who can document research in the area, strong potential for research in the area, or other relevant experience in the area.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Further information

For further information about the InterFlow project see here:
or contact Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, phone +45 29 93 19 23, email: roenby@math.aau.dk

For information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Partner Lise Søndergård Jacobsen by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9567.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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