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Postdoctoral Fellowship in CFD Modelling and Simulation

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    Basque Center for Applied Mathematics - BCAM
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    22/01/2020 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Bilbao

Mesoscopic Fluid Dynamics Modelling and mSimulation of Espresso Coffee Extraction

Applicationsm are invited for a postdoctoral position in mesoscopic modelling of espresso coffee extraction at the CFD group (BCAM) in collaboration with the Illycaffè.

The percolation of hot water through ground coffeen represents a complex thermo-fluid dynamics process where particulates and aromatics migrate from the grains into the brew. From a coffee cup quality point of view it is necessary to model accurately the mass transfer occurring during the process, focusing on the solubilization of key odorant and taste-wise compounds from the roasted coffee phase. In fact, distinct compound kinetics generally lead to an altered balance in the final cup depending onextraction times, ground coffee granulometry, applied pressures and temperatures resulting, finally, in a highly variable sensorial experience.

The goal of this project is to use and further develop an existing simulation framework (based on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Dissipative Particle Dynamics techniques) to control and engineer coffee flavors by 'virtually' monitoring the balance of specific key-odorant or taste-actives compounds in the beverage under unexplored flow processing conditions.

The postdoctoral candidate will work under the supervision of Ikerbasque Prof. Marco Ellero (CFD group, BCAM) on the developments and use of mesoscopic particle-simulation methods to better understand the mesoscopic extraction kinetics. He/she will also interact closely, both with the Illycaffè R&D Department in Trieste, Italy (Dr. Luciano Navarini), and with experimental groups at the College of Engineering (Swansea University UK) where X-ray micro-CT techniques will be used to morphologically characterize the ground coffee microstructure.


Eligibility criteria

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Letter of interest
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • statement of past and proposed future research (2-3 pages)

Selection process

Based on the provided application documents of each candidate, the evaluation committee will evaluate qualitatively: the adaption of the previous training and career to the profile offered, the recommendation letters, the main results achieved (papers, proceedings, etc.), the statement of past and proposed future research and other merits; taking in account the alignment of these items to the topic offered.

Offer Requirements


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present research ideas to researchers with different background (e.g., mathematicians and engineers).
  • Ability to clearly present and publish research outcomes in spoken (talks) and written (papers) form.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Promising young researchers.
  • Applicants must have their PhD completed before the contract starts.
  • PhD degree preferable in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering

Specific Requirements

          The preferred candidate will have:

  • Background in fluid mechanics, rheology, soft matter, particulate systems or complex fluids.
  • Experience in modelling and simulation using particle methods such as smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) or molecular dynamics (MD) is required.
  • Knowledge of C/C++ or Fortran programming languages is required.


  • Experience in parallel programming for HPC is desirable.



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