Two fully-funded 4-year PhDs in Wet Agglomeration of Non-Spherical Particles

Eindhoven University of Technology
March 19, 2023
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Two fully-funded 4-year PhDs in Wet Agglomeration of Non-Spherical Particles

The two PhD vacancies are available in the section Power and Flow (P&F) of the Mechanical Engineering department and the Multiphase Reactors Group (SMR) of the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry department. This project is funded by Dutch Research Council (NWO).



Irène Curie Fellowship



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Job description

Particle agglomeration is an important and common phenomenon in (wet) fluidized beds. Fundamental understanding of the micro-mechanisms of particle agglomeration and their impact on the macroscale dynamics of the bed is essential both in agglomeration-desirable processes (e.g granulation and spray drying) and processes where agglomeration in unintentional (e.g. combustion and gasification). However, the current understanding is limited to idealized systems involving e.g. water, axisymmetric liquid bridges and spherical particles. With the current consortium, we want to extend research to more realistic systems involving complex fluids ( viscoelastic fluids ) and complex solids ( polydispersity and non-spherical particle shapes).

The project has two main objectives :

  • PhD @ SMR To obtain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic liquid bridging,
  • PhD @ PF To understand the interplay between the agglomeration and the macroscopic flow dynamics in wet fluidized beds.
  • Both objectives will be reached using Computational Fluid Dynamics (i.e. Particle-Resolved Direct Numerical Simulations and Computational Fluid Dynamics coupled with Discrete Element method, respectively). The results of these numerical methods will be validated using dedicated experiments which will be performed in close collaboration with the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

    Project team

    You will work in a collaborative team which include dr. Yali Tang, prof. Niels Deen (PF) and dr. Maike Baltussen, prof. Hans Kuipers (SMR) from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and prof. Stefan Heinrich from TUHH. You will be employed at TU/e, however this collaboration requires you to pay short-term visits to the group of Prof. Heinrich.

    Job requirements

    Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent scientific and communication skills holding a master's degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engineering or related fields are encouraged to apply. The following skillsets are preferred:

  • Experience in CFD for fluids or fluid-structure interactions (MUST)
  • An affinity with the process industry or proven knowledge or experience in fluidization technology
  • Experience in programming
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills and written/verbal knowledge of English
  • Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    More information

    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr. Yali Tang ( for the PhD position at PF and dr. Maike Baltussen ( for the position at SMR.

    For information about terms of employment, please contact HR Advice ME ( (Mechanical Engineering department) and Mrs. P.J. van de Weijer ( (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry department).

    Please visit www. to find out more about working at TU/e!


    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A complete Curriculum Vitae including a list of your publications.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.
  • Brief description of your thoughts on the present PhD project (i.e., how would you carry out this research).
  • Two letters of recommendation of previous supervisors or collaborators (with detailed contact information: email, telephone number and address).
  • Both national and international applications to this advertisement are appreciated. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Promising candidates will be contacted by email.

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