PhD Scholarship in Fluid mechanics, Transport processes, Chaotic Mixing (CNRS-DC1) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in Rennes - Bretagne (France) at National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the Université Rennes 1 as a Doctoral Student. 

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REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University(Australia) and CNRS (France) on one of the following research projects:


Project 1: Mixing through porous-turbulent interfaces

Mixing by fluid flows over porous interfaces is frequent in nature and industry (river beds, canopy, fractures, porous membranes) and sets key processes, such as nutrient delivery or heat uptake. The general laws governing mixing in these rapidly changing environments are still poorly constrained. The PhD thesis will explore experimentally, numerically and theoretically turbulent-porous interfaces to uncover the physics governing fluid mixing in this context.


Project 2: Chaotic mixing in porous structures

Recent observations have shown that fluid flows through porous matter spontaneously generate chaotic advection, e.g. the exponential divergence of nearby fluid trajectories. The PhD thesis will uncover the key role of the porous architecture to produce these trajectories via numerical simulations.


Project 3: Chaotic mixing at the Darcy scale

Recent observations have shown that fluid flows through porous matter spontaneously generate chaotic advection at pore scale, e.g. the exponential divergence of nearby fluid trajectories. Still, it is unknown if these dynamics also dominate at larger scales, such as the Darcy scale. The PhD thesis will uncover, through numerical simulations, the key role of large-scale heterogeneities in producing stretching-enhanced mixing.


Research Fields: Environment and environmental science, Mathematics, statistics and analytics

The Researcher will be supervised by Dr. Joris Heyman (CNRS) and Daniel Lester (RMIT).

The Researcher will be based at Rennes - Bretagne (France) for at least 36-month and will be awarded a dual PhD by the Université Rennes 1 and RMIT.

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of 21292,56 EUR gross per year (gross amount before employee’s taxes and contributions). Of this amount, the estimated net salary* to be perceived by the Researcher is 1785 euros net. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

Benefits include:

  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona (Spain)
  • 10,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia
  • 5 weeks paid holiday leave per year
  • Sick and parental leave covered by public health insurance

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One position valued at up to 21292.56 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12 month extension.

Applications open 20th July 2022. 

Applications close 19th September 2022. 

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 
  • AND the following criteria:  Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 


In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to: 

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