University of Luxembourg

Doctoral researcher (PhD) in Topological Fluid Mechanics

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a dynamic, multicultural country in the heart of Europe with a strong research and development base supported by important financial and organisational resources. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and an excellent training environment for cross pollination of research ideas across faculties of engineering and natural sciences.

Within Luxembourg, innovative research in the area of biophysics is carried out at the University of Luxembourg’s Physics and Materials Science Research Unit (PHYMS-RU) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB). Close synergies with the Life Sciences Research Unit (LS-RU), Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg National Health Laboratory (LNS), and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) make Luxembourg a thriving hub for cutting edge cross-disciplinary research in the physics of living systems.

Application is now open for a:

PhD position in Topological Fluid Mechanics

Your Role

The PhD project interfaces two rich fields of research: Liquid crystals and microfluidics, with an overarching goal to understand the dynamics of biologically relevant complex fluids. The selected PhD candidate will conduct her/his research in the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Anupam Sengupta (DPHYMS), with exciting collaborative opportunities globally, and within Luxembourg. The candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg, and follow a vibrant PhD program that includes training in transferable skills, support for career development, lectures and teaching by international experts and annual PhD symposia. An overview of the research activities in the Sengupta Lab is available here:

During the PhD research, the candidate will carry out experiments and simulations, and extend the theory to understand how model biological fluids flow within micro-scale confinements. A specific focus will be put on the role of anisotropic visco-elasticity and emergent properties that arise due to the micro-scale constraints. By combining microfluidics and a range of microscale imaging techniques, candidate will analyze how feedback between hydrodynamics and material properties mediate key transport processes in biological systems.

Your Profile

We are seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding a Master’s degree in a field related to the topic of the program (MSc or equivalent in Natural Sciences or Engineering Sciences). Background in soft matter physics, fluid mechanics and experience/knowledge of quantitative imaging and analysis will be beneficial. Fluency in English is mandatory. Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired.

We offer
  • A dynamic and well-equipped research environment with competitive salaries
  • Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • Three-year (fixed term) employee contract at UL, extensible to four years
  • Enrolment as a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering at UL
Further Information

Gender policy:

UL strives to increase the share of female PhD students. Therefore, we explicitly encourage women to apply.

Application submission:

Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents in English

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter justifying your interest in the research project
  • Publication list (if applicable)
  • Contact details of two persons willing to send a letter of recommendation
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English translation

All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Evaluations will commence immediately, till appropriate candidate is selected. Early submission is encouraged. Applications will be processed upon arrival. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered, though candidates can check the status of their application via email.

Selection process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Luxembourg or interviewed remotely by phone or other audio-visual modes. Positions will remain open until filled. Please apply ONLINE.

For further information, please contact Prof. Anupam Sengupta ( or visit the research page for further information on the project and its scope.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.