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Dottorato di ricerca (New Jersey Institute of Technology - Università di Parma)


The Space and Fluids Engineering Research (SAFER) lab at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks a highly qualified student for a PhD fellowship with a starting date in the summer or fall semester of 2019.

The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated individual with outstanding writing skills and a strong background in math, algorithms, and computer programming.

The objectives of the doctoral project are the followings:

  • Derive and prove the theoretical feasibility of a novel scheme for variable resolution in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code based on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)
  • Design an algorithm based on the abovementioned scheme and implement the algorithm into the CPU version of the SPH code “DualSPHysics”
  • Use Graphics Processing Units (GPU) language to derive the GPU version of the algorithm

DualSPHysics is a state-of-the-art SPH code developed to study fluid problems with a high computational cost and heavily used in both academia and the industry. The DualSPHysics project is the product of an international collaboration among many universities and institutions. Among these, the University of Vigo (Spain), the University of Manchester (UK), the University of Parma (Italy), the Technical Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), the University of Ghent (Belgium), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA).

The prospective student is expected to travel regularly to Italy under an agreement between NJIT and the University of Parma for a shared PhD mentorship.

The point of contact and advisor at University of Parma is Dr. Renato Vacondio (renato.vacondio@unipr.it). Upon fulfilling all the requirements of the joint PhD program, the student will be conferred two PhD degrees within the same doctoral project: one in Mechanical Engineering from NJIT and one in Civil Engineering from University of Parma.



Individuals applying for the position must have a MS degree in Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics, Computer Science, or similar fields with a minimum GPA of 3.50/4.00.

A background in applied mathematics, mathematical modeling, algorithms and programming (C++ and Fortran) is imperative. Some background in fluid mechanics and heat transfer is also highly desired.

Additional skills such as GPU programming (CUDA and/or other languages) will be considered as a plus. An overall TOEFL IBT score of 79 or larger (with speaking score>23) or an IELTS band score of 6.5 or larger is required.

Provision of the GRE scores are strongly encouraged and will be considered as a plus. Females and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you are interested in the position, please email Dr. Angelo Tafuni (atafuni@njit.edu) using the following subject line in your email: “PhD Application SAFER lab (NJIT) – LastName FirstName”.

Please attach the following documents to your email (please use cloud platforms for files over 5 MB:)

  • A cover letter of 1-2 pages describing yourself and why you are a good fit for this job
  • Your most updated CV
  • Two reference letters
  • An unofficial copy of your graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • 3 representative publications or reports (if available)
  • Any proof of programming project (bits of code, websites, etc.)


Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019. For full consideration, kindly submit all application material by February 25, 2019.

The position will be open until filled.