Postdoctoral researcher Microfluidics Modeling Using Surface Energy Minimization-Based Approach

Leuven - Research & development
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About a week ago

You will develop more computationally efficient tools to study capillary-driven microfluidic phenomena.

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Microfluidics modelling using surface energy minimization approach

Today more and more medical devices are using microfluidic technology for fast and precise diagnostics or therapy. Multiphase flows (specifically, flows involving two or more immiscible phases) are encountered in many scenarios including capillary‐driven flows and droplet microfluidics. Also, understanding the initial filling behavior of a liquid into a microfluidic network is of interest since any remaining air bubble can interfere with the operation of the microfluidic system.

Current techniques such as computational fluidic dynamics simulations using the volume‐of‐fluid or level‐set methods carry a very high computational cost limiting their usage in industrial applications. The focus of this post‐doc position is to develop an easy to use modeling framework based on a surface energy minimization approach. Experimental validation of the tool and its application to various multiphase flow phenomena in lab‐on‐a‐chip systems will also be explored under this position.  

What you will do

  • Establish numerical modelling method for surface energy minimization-based approach to simulate basic microfluidics phenomena such as capillary-driven flow;
  • Perform basic microfluidic measurements to validate the surface energy minimization-based model;
  • Compare the surface energy minimization-based models with classical volume-based models for elaborated microfluidics phenomena.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. 

We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. 

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive scholarship.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD in physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry or chemical engineering. It is essential that you have good understanding of the fluidics dynamics theory.
  • You have significant experience with microfluidics especially analytical or numerical modelling.
  • You are skilful in microfluidics setup building and experiments.
  • You speak fluent English and are a team player, since you will be working in a multidisciplinary and multi-national team.
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