High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Evaporative Convection in Multilayer Systems

High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Evaporative Convection in Multilayer Systems

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 31st May 2021

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

For further details contact Dr Susanne Horn.

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Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The successful candidate will join the project ‘High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Evaporative Convection in Multilayer Systems led by Dr S. Horn and Prof Alban Pothérat at the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University.

Project details

The motion induced by evaporative convection often goes unnoticed because of the long time scales of minutes, hour, and days, on which it occurs. However, it is everywhere around us and responsible for many of the beautiful and intricate patterns that we observe in everyday life as in our coffee and tea cups, on a lake surface, or in the clouds in the sky. That these patterns also exhibit complicated dynamics can, however, easily be seen in time-lapse videos of the phenomena.

In this project, we are especially interested in the unsteady and turbulent regime, relevant for atmospheric flows, such as hurricanes, and many technological applications associated with phase changes, especially in chemical engineering, material sciences, biotechnology, and remote sensing.

We plan on implementing a two-layer system with phase transition into a well-established high-order finite volume thermal convection code. High-resolution direct numerical simulations shall be conducted to characterise the features of evaporative convection with the long-term goal of improving fluidic cooling and thermostabilisation technologies.


This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

In addition

  • MSc in Physics, Fluid Mechanics or related subject.
  • Programming experience (Fortran) and familiarity with Linux and LaTeX desirable.

How to apply

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, and a CV.

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Susanne Horn.

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