Postdoc position in the field of multi-physics modeling of laser additive manufacturing processes

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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.


In our Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing, we have an opening for a

Postdoc position in the field of multi-physics modeling of laser additive manufacturing processes


The project requires modeling of particle-particle and particle-fluid interactions using coupled Discrete Element Method (DEM)/Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approach. The processes of interests include:

  • Blade-based powder spreading for the Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • Powder transport with argon gas in Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)
  • Melt pool dynamics in the presence of metal powder and ceramic nanoparticles

The research is multidisciplinary and requires close collaboration with experimentalists. We offer a world-class mentorship, an excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development. Due to a high world interest in additive manufacturing of metals and alloys, a research experience acquired in this program will guarantee exciting future opportunities both in academia and industry, nationally and internationally. The work place will be at Empa in Thun, next to Bern, Switzerland.


Your profile:

You hold a Ph.D. degree obtained no more than 2 years ago in computational physics, fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field as documented by a strong publication track record in this field. You have 4+ years of experience in the CFD-DEM simulations of solid/liquid or solid/gas systems as well as excellent programming skills in C++ and MATLAB/Python. Prior experience with high-performance computing would be an advantage.

A strong desire to work at the leading edge of materials technology and a high level of motivation to work in an international, multidisciplinary research team in the field of materials science are essential. You have a clear interest to work in an application-oriented research environment in close collaboration with our industrial and academic partners. Good knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory. Knowledge of German or French would be an advantage. The full-time position is limited to two years and is available immediately or upon agreement.


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