The Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interaction (LIFE) (https://labfsi.com/) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) (www.urv.cat) in Tarragona (Spain), is looking for an enthusiastic research student with a strong interest in fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interactions. Successful candidates will join a small but very active multidisciplinary team, working in several fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems. The research will be mainly experimental and focused FSI with application to several engineering problems. The main topic that will be considered during the research include but are not limited to “vortex-induced vibrations for energy harvesting applications”.

Applicants will enroll in the Inter-University PhD Programme in Fluid Mechanics (http://www.doctor.urv.cat/en/prospective-students/courses/7720/index/) in which the URV participates together with other Spanish Universities: U. Jaén, U. Politécnica de Madrid, U. Zaragoza, U. Carlos III Madrid y UNED.


Successful applicants must hold a Master degree in Engineering (at least equivalent to a 5 years course in Engineering) at the time of the application, in the areas of Mechanical, Industrial, Aeronautical, Naval or Civil Engineering (note that other backgrounds might not be considered). Preference will be given to candidates able to demonstrate the following desired skills:

  • Matlab / Python / LabVIEW
  • Mechanical engineering design tools such as Inventor, Creo, etc.
  • Simulation tools such as OpenFOAM, NASTRAN, ANSYS,…
  • Experience with the use of optical measurement techniques, with emphasis in DPIV.


The call for applications will be opened from 12/01/2023 to 26/01/2023 and managed the Agencia Estatal de Investigación:


Interested candidates should send to Prof. Francisco J Huera-Huarte (francisco.huera@urv.cat), before the 10/01/2023:

  • Motivation letter
  • Full CV
  • Academic transcripts of Undergraduate and Master degrees
  • Name and contact details (email and phone) of two academic referees

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