Issue #4, 2012

Hydromag Newsletter


ISSUE NO. 4, October 2012


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(from Axel Brandenburg, Sweden

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stockholm, Sweden, invites applications for post-doctoral fellowships in theoretical physics. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2012. Appointments are for two years starting September 1, 2013 or some other date to be agreed upon. The fellowships are intended for scientists who have a recent PhD, completed less than 5 years before the starting date of the fellowship, and wish to carry out research in fields represented at Nordita. Candidates working in other areas will be considered when it is scientifically justified.

Research at Nordita covers a wide range of modern theoretical physics including astrophysics and astrobiology, atomic physics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, gravitation and cosmology, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and statistical physics. The research activity of the local academic staff is supplemented by Nordita Scientific Programs, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. There is also ample opportunity for collaboration with faculty and research staff at local universities. Further information about Nordita can be found at

Application deadline: November 15, 2012.

Only online applications will be accepted. The application procedure is posted on

Axel Brandenburg

(from Hantao Ji, USA)

(1) The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics. Half of the Fellow’s effort will be numerical simulations and theoretical analyses in support of the Princeton Magnetorotational Experiment ( in collaboration with Professor Jeremy Goodman and Principal Research Physicist Hantao Ji. The other half will be research at the Fellow’s discretion but within computational astrophysics or plasma physics, as the position is supported in part by the NSF Center for Magnetic Self-Organization. Professor James Stone, in addition to Goodman and Ji, will participate in possible computational astrophysics projects. The start date can be as early as September 2013.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to three years.

Interested persons should send a curriculum vita, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references by November 15, 2012. Applicants must apply via the web at: Number: 1200528). Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 15, 2012 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Only web submissions will be considered. All applications will be considered for all postdoctoral positions available in the department, but you will be asked in the application process which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact jeremy(at) Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

(2) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks to fill an experimental postdoctoral research position. The researcher will participate in laboratory studies of magnetorotational instability and liquid metal free-surface flow. The researcher will develop measurement systems, acquire data and work closely with other personnel to interpret and publish results.

Candidates must have a background in experimental physics, preferably liquid metal MHD or plasma physics. Familiarity with data acquisition software and data processing languages (e.g. LABView, IDL, MATLAB) and electronic instrumentation is highly desirable. Astrophysical and geophysical knowledge is useful but not essential

Qualified applicants should apply at (to be available soon) – and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent as soon as possible for full consideration.
Letters can be mailed to Dr. Hantao Ji, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, James Forrestal Campus, P.O. Box 451, Princeton, NJ 08543 or emailed to hji(at)

-Hantao Ji

(from Alban Potherat, UK)

As a result of academic developments within the Department and the University, two vacancies exist for Lecturers in the Department of Mathematics and Control Engineering The successful candidate will have a proven track record as an educator in higher education and will have a profile either in income generation or in an area of research of interest to the Department.Applications are invited from candidates with a higher degree and experience of teaching in higher education. You are expected to have an interest in research or an ability to pursue income generation, You will be expected to actively contribute to the running of the Department, and have a strong commitment to lecturing.

For applicants with a strong interest in research, the posts will be associated with the Department of Mathematics and Control Engineering. and either the Applied Mathematics Research Centre (AMRC) or the Control Theory and its Applications Centre (CTAC). Both groups have strong links with industry and with other leading centres for the study of MHD, Statistical Physics or Control Theory. The groups have access to excellent computational facilities, which currently includes a high-performance, 640-core cluster. The details of the group profiles may be found at the following websites:

A starting date before January 2013 is envisaged.

Informal inquiries are welcome and may be made to Dr Jim Tabor as Head of Department (Tel: +44-24-76888568,

  • Job category/type: Academic
  • Job title: Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences
  • Job reference: REQ001571
  • Application closing date: 19/10/2012
  • Location: Faculty of Engineering and Computing
  • Salary: £30,123 – £37,014 per annum
  • Package: As one of Coventry’s biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including a final salary pension and generous holiday allowances.

(from Svetlana Aleksandrova, UK)

  • Length: 3 year studentship
  • Funded by: Coventry University – Faculty of Engineering and Computing
  • Maintenance grant: £13,590 maintenance per annum (tax free)
  • Supervised by: Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova, Prof Stephen Benjamin, Dr Carol Roberts
  • The proposed enrolment date is 21st January 2013
  • The deadline for application is 30th November 2012.

    Details of proposed research

    This is a PhD proposal to investigate experimentally and numerically swirling flows in automotive catalytic converters. The project is directly relevant to the reduction of carbon emissions as it deals with the design of aftertreatment systems for small, turbocharged car engines. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with Jaguar Landrover.

    Catalytic converters are used for removal of toxic emissions from car exhaust. Uniformity of the flow inside the catalyst is important for maintaining high species conversion efficiency, and also affects catalyst durability. Recent trend to use turbochargers on engines results in swirling flow entering the catalyst. The effect of swirl on the flow distribution inside the catalyst is not well understood. The purpose of this project is thus to investigate the effect the swirl has on the flow uniformity inside the converter. It will involve measuring flow profiles with HWA (Hot-Wire Anemometry), PIV (particle-image velocimetry) and also modelling the flow using commercial software such as StarCCM+.

    Successful applicants should hold a Master’s or Engineering degree with a solid background in fluid mechanics. Experience in CFD modelling and/or experimental flow work is desirable. Please send your CVs to Dr Svetlana Aleksandrova (s.aleksandrova(at)

    Please note that only EU applicants are eligible.

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  • October 22-26, 2012,
  • Conference on Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (EPM2012)
    Beijing, China
  • October 15 – 19, 2012,
  • Workshop Tangled Magnetic Fields in Astro- and Plasma Physics
    ICMS, 15 South College Street Edinburgh, UK
  • July 8 – 11, 2013,
  • Fifth International Symposium on Instabilities
    and Bifurcations in Fluid Dynamics BIFD 2013
    Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa,


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