PhD Position in Fluid Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

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Transport and deposition of micro- and nano-particles in the human lung Studies of the motion and deposition of particles in human airways is of great importance both in the analysis of how hazardous materials are dispersed and deposited in the lung as well as for the design of aerosol techniques for optimum drug delivery to the lung.

Important parameters are the physical properties of the particles such as the size, shape and electric charge, the airflow and the morphology of the lung. For some years active research in this area is done at the division of Fluid mechanics at LTU together with the division of Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at Umeå University.

The project is also a part of the Centre for Medical Engineering and Physics CMTF with funding from Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. The research has so far mainly been devoted to mathematical modeling and simulation of the motion and deposition of particles in the human lung. Although this theoretical work will continue, the ambition is now to strengthen this research on the experimental side together with the Division of Experimental Mechanics at LTU. The available PhD-position is a part of this ambition.

Project description
The PhD project addresses further mathematical modelling and simulation of the deposition of particles in human lung geometry as well as experimental work on the motion of aerosols in geometries relevant to the human lung.

Applicants should have 300 credits within Engineering Physics, Mechanical engineering or equivalent of which 60 credits on an advanced level with courses in Fluid Mechanics and Experimental mechanics. Experience with Matlab and Computational Fluid Dynamics as well as experimental optics is a merit. Applicants should also have a good knowledge (but not necessary fluent) in spoken Swedish and English. Good knowledge in written English is a merit.

If one gender is underrepresented, a candidate of the underrepresented gender will be given preference on principle, as long as the qualifications are equivalent.

The Division of Fluid Mechanics and the Division of Experimental Mechanics are a part of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics at LTU. We provide an exiting and stimulating environment of acknowledged experts, fellow PhD-students and state-of-the-art equipment. Strong international exchange and co-operation is also

encouraged. For further information, please contact Professor Staffan Lundström, phone +46 (0) 920-492392, e-mail or Professor Mikael Sjödahl, phone +46 (0) 920-491220, e-mail or Professor Hans Åkerstedt, phone +46 (0) 920-491280, e-mail

Application marked with ref no 165-11, including CV, copy/transcripts of your exam and references should be sent to or Luleå University of Technology, Registrator, SE-97187 Luleå Sweden

Closing Date: 11 February 2011

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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