Microplastic contamination of natural soils studied by computer simulationUniversität Bayreuth • Theoretische Physik • Bayreuth

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Time Span as soon as possible for 42 months Application Deadline 31 Jan 2023 Financing yes Type of Position

  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
  • Field of Research

  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Subjects theoretical physics, computational mathematics/engineering, geosciences or a similar discipline Description Contamination by microscopic plastic particles has become one of the foremost issues for the global environment. The SFB Microplastics at the University of Bayreuth involves more than 20 research groups to study the creation, the biological effects and the transport of microplastic in the environment.

    This project deals with the transport of microplastic particles in natural soils. Its goal is to understand the physical mechanics which drive or hinder the infiltration and the transport through the porous soil matrix. It will heavily use methods of computational fluid dynamics such as Lattice-Boltzmann, Immersed-Boundary and Volume-of-Fluid. Due to the large separation of length scales, the project is very challenging from a numerical point of view. In the framework of the research consortium Microplastics we will work closely with our experimental partners in Bayreuth and Cologne. Roughly one third of the project will be concerned with developing an appropriate simulation code in C++. In the remaining two thirds, the student will carry out large-scale simulations on local, national and European supercomputer facilities.

    The required supercomputer ressources will be provided by the local computing cluster available at the University of Bayreuth as well as by projects on national supercomputing systems such as SuperMUC (Garching) and JEWELS (Jülich).

    The successful candidate must possess a strong background in theoretical physics, computational mathematics/engineering, geosciences or a similar discipline. Good programming skills are required. A background in fluid mechanics is desirable, but not explicitly required. Research will be conducted in the Biofluid Simulation and Modeling group at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Bayreuth is a medium-sized town with a fairly large student population and is situated in a beautiful natural setting between the mountains of the "Fränkische Schweiz" and "Fichtelgebirge".

    For applications or further information please contact stephan.gekle@uni- bayreuth.de or see our website: https:// biofluid.physik.uni-bayreuth.de

    Working Language

  • English
  • Language of Dissertation

  • English
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  • More Information https: // www. gekle.physik.uni- bayreuth.de/en/jobs/Microplastic-porous.pdf

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