ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specializing in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Chair of Building Physics in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering studies the urban climate at multiple scales and especially the interaction of fluids with porous materials within the context of urban heat island mitigation, and invites applications for:
Post-doc position: "Pore scale modelling of multiphase flow and evaporative cooling by LBM-PNM and microfluidic experiments"
We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated candidate with Lattice Boltzmann and Pore Network Modeling (LBM-PNM) knowledge that will investigate non-isothermal two-phase flows in porous media on pore-scale, including phase change phenomena like evaporation and crystallization. The main tasks of candidate is (1) to develop a coupled LBM-PNM model for evaporative cooling and crystallization; (2) to validate the model by comparing the results with experiments in microfluidic tests; and (3) to analyse the potential of evaporative cooling and design new evaporative cooling materials using the LBM-PNM approach.
The successful candidate has excellent scientific qualifications with a PhD in mechanical, building, environmental or civil engineering or a related subject and a high-quality track record in research. Extensive experience in LBM and PNM is required for this position. Knowledge of building or urban science is helpful, but not mandatory. Excellent scientific programming and communication skills are a prerequisite, as is fluency in English. We expect a team-oriented and motivated candidate.