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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Computational Fluid Dynamics Applied to Measurement Studies


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

opportunity location
50.64.72.C0787 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Veruska Malavé 303.497.4598


The Applied Chemicals and Materials Division (ACMD) of the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) carries out measurement science research in high-impact science and engineering fields that utilize vapors and liquids.  Our experimental scientists focus on developing fundamental measurements and novel methodologies that can characterize  complex fluids and their interaction with other matters.  However,  measurements require interpretation that is aided by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational fluid particle dynamics (CFPD) modeling.  Such virtual experiments become tools to provide a deeper understanding of the measurements as well as discerning strategic laboratory test setup and analysis by the quantification of the uncertainties encountered in the physical experiments.  These computational methods have been applied to nanorheology in photopolymerization 3-D printing [1], human breath research for forensic and clinical data, vapor-liquid equilibrium analysis [2], and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices such as micro-pumps.  This is an opportunity for candidate familiar with CFD methodology to apply their knowledge in a wider field of physical phenomena and their associated measurements.


1) Malavé, V.; Jeerage, K.; Garboczi, E.; Lovestead T., J. Breath Res., 2024, 18 016002.

2) Brown, T.E., Malavé, V., Higgins, C.I., Kotula, A.P., Caplins, B.W., Garboczi, E.J., Killgore, J.P., ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., 2021, 3 (1), 290–298.

3) Suiter, C.L.; Malavé, V.; Garboczi, E.J; Widegren, J.A.; McLinden, M.O., J. Chem. Engr. Data., 2020, 65 (7), 3318–3333. 

key words
Multiphysics simulations; computational fluid dynamics; finite volume, finite and discrete element methods; computational fluid and particle dynamics; multiscale simulations.


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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