Postdoctoral Fellow, Topology Optimization for thermal-fluid applications

National Research Council Canada - Boucherville, QC (il y a 30+ jours)

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Diminishing the solidification time of the workpiece is paramount for molding and die applications, and technologies delivering optimal placement of cooling channels will be key enablers towards the conception of the next-generation molds. Traditional optimization strategies typically address a limited set of parameters which are varied according to the designer’s expertise. Topology-optimization embodies a more ambitious approach, free of geometry parameterization or assumption on the optimal shape. By relying on a generic shape representation, e.g. phase-functions or level-sets, topology-optimization allows radical shape changes, potentially unrelated to the starting geometry. The proposed project concerns the development of novel fluid-thermal topology-optimization capabilities which will be integrated in the AST/NRC’s in-house 3D multi-physics finite element software. The resulting technology will be applied to the elaboration of high effective cooling channels in complex mold geometries thus addressing a major roadblock in the way of faster, more effective molding processes. Application of the technology could then be extended to a vast field of manufacturing processes or to optimize functional designs in electrical or mechanical applications.


Ph.D. in engineering, physics, chemistry, informatics or mathematics.

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Experience and or expertise in numerical simulation of fluid flows and thermal problems, numerical methods, and programming for scientific applications.
Experience in numerical optimization of multi-physics applications would be considered as strong asset.
Language requirements

English or French

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Who is eligible?

Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2017) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa. For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
List of Publications

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments»

In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.


Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

From $55,541 to $157,009 per annum.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (9653) to:


Telephone: 613-949-7685

Closing Date: 18 March 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time