PhD Candidate - Development of Laser Based, Liquid Flow Diagnostics

   Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department

  Dr Alexandros Gerakis  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

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How will you contribute?

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is seeking to recruit a PhD student to work on the development of advanced laser-based diagnostics for the experimental characterization of liquid flows.

This project is funded with an FNR AFR award and, in collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS), intends to combine two competencies at the two institutions, namely laser analytics/diagnostics/instrumentation and liquid flow instrumentation (e.g., water tunnels). An important aspect of this PhD program is that approximately 40% of the experimental work will be conducted at the research facilities at NUS – hence travel flexibility is necessary. First part in Luxembourg, then ~1.5 years in NUS, and last year in Luxembourg.

As a PhD student, you will contribute to this project through the development of novel concepts for liquid flow – laser interaction and demonstrate its use for the experimental characterization of these flows in real life applications, such as those encountered in a water tunnel.

These ground-breaking studies will form the basis for various diagnostics in e.g. the water flow around/under a vessel, leading towards e.g. more efficient transport over liquid bodies, ultimately resulting in CO2, fuel and cost reduction for these activities. The project involves establishing the theoretical background of the interaction principles through calculations and simulations, the detailed elaboration of the parameters space needed for experimental studies, as well as the hardware design of a novel laser apparatus to be interfaced with liquid flows.

In the NUS water tunnels, the instrumentation to be developed at LIST will be utilized to characterize the liquid flows near bodies, and benchmarked against more traditional measurement approaches, thus demonstrating the usefulness of the developed technique. You will actively contribute to the design, development, demonstration of the required instrumentation, as well as to the analysis of the scientific results to be obtained.

One of the main challenges of the project will be to prove experimentally the benefits of laser diagnostics for liquid flow characterization, as well as integrating the concept into existing water tunnels at NUS.

You will have to assess the best technological configuration and the related theoretical and experimental findings to push the intended concept towards higher technology readiness levels.

You will work closely with highly skilled scientists and engineers in the dynamic environments present at both the AINA group within LIST’s Materials Research & Technology Department, as well as the Thermofluids Division at NUS.

You will acquire highly valued skills in the applications of advanced laser diagnostic techniques as well as working with tunnel facilities. You will take a main role in the development of the techniques and instruments mentioned above.

You will coordinate the local research efforts together with input from international project partners. In consultation with the project leader, you will design and perform relevant experiments, analyze and interpret the results, write scientific articles and disseminate the results in international conferences.

  Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply now!

  • You hold a Master’s degree in Physics, Electronics or Mechanical Engineering, combined with a taste for experiments.
  • Additionally, you have a pronounced taste for mechanical and electronic DIY which is a strong asset for this position. You’re able to manage and use several tools at the same time.
  • A good knowledge of LABVIEW and Python/Matlab programming as well as demonstrated expertise with laser instrumentation are strong assets for this position.
  • On top of this, you’re a strong team worker.
  • You have an advanced level in English (both written and oral).

 Your LIST benefits

  • An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects
  • Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society
  • Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations in all that we do
  • An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas
  • Personalized learning programme to foster our staff’s soft and technical skills
  • Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50 nationalities represented in our workforce
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions
  • Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science
  • 32 days’ paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance
  • Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers

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Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
  • A scientific CV with contact details;
  • List of publications (and patents, if applicable);
  • Contact details of 2 references.

 Application procedure and conditions:

  • LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability;
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled;
  • An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities; 
  • The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.

 PhD additional conditions:

  • Supervisor at LIST: Dr. Alexandros Gerakis
  • Supervisor at NUS: Dr. Tat Loon Chng
  • Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux/Belval, Luxembourg
  • PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg
  • Candidates shall be available for starting their position by the late Fall of 2023/early Winter 2024 at the very latest. Please note that the universities costs are at the charge of the student.
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