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Group Contribution methods for non-Newtonian fluids

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, University of Manchester. This post is part of a large collaborative project involving the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, ISIS and Unilever and aims to develop an understanding of the non-Newtonian fluids that are used in formulated home and personal care products. Further details about the project can be found at

The project aims to develop a group contribution modelling framework to study the phase behaviour and rheology of complex formulations, using a combination of molecular-based equations of state, such as SAFT, and mesoscopic modelling techniques such as Dissipative Particle Dynamics and Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics.

The successful applicant will make use of supercomputer resources to carry out calculations on the structure and rheology of surfactants and of other complex fluids. They will work within a multidisciplinary team, involving both academics and industrialists, which uses modelling and process analytics to fully understand and control the interactions that affect the processing of such materials.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is selected; therefore candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science and engineering. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments as per standard RCUK stipend (typically at least £14,777)

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.90

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