PhD Position Virtual Prototyping of Particulate Processes (ViPr)


Offered by:

University of Twente

Research / Academic


Two four-year PhD position are available, starting November 2018 or later. You will develop virtual prototypes for one of two challenging and innovative applications: additive manufacturing and continuous granulation. You will develop computational models for these processes, assisted by Dr Weinhart (Principal Investigator) and Dr Cheng (PostDoc), both of which are experienced scientists, and have developed many of the tools applied in this project. Experimental validation and design optimisation will be done in collaboration with industrial partners.

At the end of your PhD you will:

  1. be equipped with the basic scientific knowledge of continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics and discrete particle mechanics
  2. know how to develop applications within a large open-source software project, including software management, documentation, and writing reusable code in C++.
  3. have tailored scientific training in specialist areas, including computational modelling, multiscale techniques, experimental validation, and design optimisation.
  4. have had the maximum opportunity for personal development, with transferable skills and studying within an industrial-academic network.
  5. have participated regularly in top-class international conferences and seminars, expanding your professional network and disseminating your project results.

Graduates exhibiting these skills are extremely scarce and highly valuable to industry.



  • MSc degree in mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or similar sciences, with outstanding study results.
  • A strong background in computational science, ideally in discrete, continuum, or multiscale simulations.
  • An interest in code development is essential, as you will be developing open-source software as part of large development team.
  • Fluency in English is required, both spoken and written. (We require a TOEFL > 90 or IELTS > 6.5 score).
  • Quality-oriented and creative, eager to immerse yourself in new scientific disciplines, and ready to take on initiatives.

Information and application

For further inquiries, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Thomas Weinhart (, Link

link PhD at the UT (brochure)

Your application should be submitted before 30-9-2018.

Please send the following documents through the link below:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List with grades of courses attended
  • Contact information of 2 referees and, if applicable, a list of publications.

Salary Benefits:

You will be part of the Multiscale Mechanics group in the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. You will have the opportunity to work with scientists (engineers, physicists and mathematicians) from all over the world in a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities;
  • You will be given the opportunity to acquire teaching experience;
  • You are offered a professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente;
  • A starting salary of € 2.266 gross per month in the first year and a salary of € 2.897 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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