PhD position • Leibniz Universität Hannover • Hannover

PhD position • Leibniz Universität Hannover • Hannover

Open Positions 1
Time Span 01 Mar 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 26 Feb 2021
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
Subjects Geo Science
Description We invite applications for the ANR‐DFG French‐German research project “Two‐phase flows in open geological fractures: a combined experimental and numerical investigation” at the Institute Géosciences Rennes (University of Rennes and CNRS) in France and at the Institute of Hydromechanics and Environmental Physics in Engineering, Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany.

The project addresses flow processes in open rough walled fractures. Many geotechnical and environmental engineering applications involve the flow of two immiscible fluids through fractures. The fluid fluxes, coupled to the development of the spatial fluid distribution, are influenced by the spatial aperture structure of the fracture, the fluid properties and the dimensionless numbers quantifying the acting forces. In the project, we want to analyze and quantify the different flow regimes. The problem will be tackled through a combination of laboratory experiments on fracture replica and numerical simulations of the flow in the fracture. Both three-dimensional and simplified, depth averaged two-dimensional flow models will be developed.

Position B will be located at the University of Hannover. The focus of this position is on the numerical modeling of the flow process.

The position will be filled from the 1st of March 2021 on and will run for three years. Salary and benefits for position B are according to a public service position in Germany (E13 TV-L).

We welcome applicants with a Master degree (or equivalent) in engineering, natural sciences (earth sciences or physics), applied mathematics, or computer science. Good knowledge in fluid mechanics is needed. Depending on the position, knowledge for, and/or experience with, subsurface flow processes and modeling would be useful. For position B, good knowledge in numerical methods and programming skills are required. The ability for interdisciplinary and independent work is required. It is expected that candidates closely cooperate with other scientists in the project.

We offer a highly motivating environment and the ability to work independently. The institutions contributing to the project advocate gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference. The work language will be either German or English for position B, depending on the PhD student’s preferred language.

Address your application electronically to Prof. Dr. Insa Neuweiler (

The position applications should include besides a CV and a publication list (if any) and an indication for the preference of position, a short statement of motivation.
The announcement will remain open until the positions are filled.

Working Language
  • English
  • German
  • Other
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
  • Other
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
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