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2nd Phase - Beatriz Galindo Grants - Ref. BEAGAL18_00221

Code of the competition PI19024

Modality of the grant

'Beatriz Galindo' Junior grant

Principal Researcher

Dr. Manel Vallès / Dr. Jordi Pallarès Curto


Departament of Mechanical Engineering - School of Chemical Engineering

Job description

Knowledge Area: Mechanical Engineering, Naval and Aviation.

Category: 'Investigador distinguido' (article 23 of the Law 14/2011, 1st June, on Science, Technology and Innovation)

Research Project: Modelization and numerical simulations of complex multiphase flows.

Description of the tasks to be executed:

  • Research

 Use numerical tools to investigate the break-up processes in dispersed multiphase liquid-liquid system and determine the dependence of the dispersion characteristics on the key process parameters, namely, liquid viscosities, interfacial surface tension and initial droplet sizes.

Perform numerical simulations and experiments of three-phase flows (gas-liquid-solid) in pipes to determine the interaction and spatial distribution of the different phases.

Carry out numerical simulations of the behavior of flexible fibers in turbulent flows to analyze preferential concentrations and interactions between fibers.

  • Teaching

Participate actively in the Master in Computational Fluid Dynamics organized by researchers of the host group in collaboration with the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja. The candidate can be responsible of subjects as "Turbulence Modelling" and "Direct Numerical Simulations and Large-Eddy Simulations" and supervise Master Theses. The host group also participates in fluid-mechanics-related subjects in the Master of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy and the Master of Industrial Engineering.

Characteristics of the contract

Research staff (Investigador Distinguido)

Specific works or service contract linked to the execution of a specific technical or research project.

Duration of the contract: 4 years

Full/Part Time: Full Time of 37,5h per week

Gross salary: 34.290,80 euros per year

Candidate requirements

General requirements

  1. Be 18 years old or over and will not have reached retirement age.
  2. Not have been dismissed from the service of any of the public administrations through disciplinary action, or be unable to carry out public service.
  3. Not be disqualified from entering the public service through incompatibility, as defined by Law 53/1984, 26 December, regarding staff incompatibilities in the public administrations.

Specific requirements:

  1. Possess a doctoral degree or equivalent.
  2. Professional experience abroad of maximum 7 years. The calculation of years will be made from the date the PhD degree has been obtained.
  3. On the research front, the ideal candidate must have experience in
  4. numerical simulation of multiphase flows and heat and mass transfer in turbulent flows of, both, industrial and environmental relevance.
  5. She/he must be proficient in state-of-the-art numerical tools (Nek5000, Gerris, Basilisk) to simulate complex flows and take advantage of the high-performance computing platforms available in the host group.
  6. She/he will contribute to develop the research lines described here in collaboration with other researchers and with external research groups with aligned scientific interests."
  7. The candidate should have teaching experience in Fluid Mechanics, Transport Phenomena, Numerical Methods at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The candidates must satisfy these requirements at the latest by the last day of the period for presenting applications, May 24, 2019.

Objectives and expected results

 The main objectives can be summarized as:

(i) consolidate and expand the current research lines with special emphasis on turbulent dispersion and multiphase flows. The incorporation of the candidate is expected to increase the number and quality of the publications of the group.

(ii) participate actively in the new Master program in Computational Fluid Dynamics.

(iii) establish international collaboration with leading groups with aligned scientific interests. Expected results in this point are coauthored publications, joint participation in calls of research projects and research stays.

(iv) reinforce the host research group position in terms of technology transfer with industrial agents with the active participation of the granted candidate in projects.

Follow-up actions

The progressive achievement of the objectives will be monitored yearly. The granted researcher will write a report at the end of each year reporting the tasks done and results obtained for each of the four objectives indicated above. This report will be evaluated by the Head of the Department, the Principal Investigator and the Full Professors of the research group.

Presentation of applications

Those interested must submit the corresponding application electronically using the following Application Form.

The application form must be filled in English and it must include a copy of the original documents as well as their translation into English.

When the original document is in Spanish or in any other co-official languages in Spain, it is not necessary that the translations into English are signed by a sworn translator. However, any document whose original language does not include any of the official /co-official languages in Spain will need to be translated into English using the services of a sworn translator.

It will not be necessary to translate those documents whose original is written in English.

Applicants who apply for more than one place must state their order of preference. If they do not, it will be understood that their preference is for the first place that they applied for.

Teaching and/or research staff who have already been awarded a similar grant cannot apply for the place or places awarded at the University.

Deadline for submission of applications

According to the article 15 of Order ECD/365/2018, of 23 March, the deadline for submission of applications will be extended from April 24, 2019 from 8h to May 24, 2019 until 17h (official time in Spain).

Documents to add
  • DNI / NIE / Passport currently in force.
  • PhD degree and degrees accredited.
  • Curriculum vitae detailing the candidate's research and professional history, accompanied by the necessary accrediting documentation, where should appear the list of predoctoral and postdoctoral stays made and the current or recent link with foreign universities or research centers.
  • Teaching and/or research project.
  • Research project and transfer of knowledge of the professor and / or researcher.
  • A report of the return for the University of the teaching project and of the research project and transfer of knowledge.

All documentation must be presented with the application form in the manner indicated above and within the period established.

Under no circumstances will any qualification or merit that has not been accredited in the manner stipulated in these conditions be taken into account.

Admission of candidates

Once the deadline for presenting applications has expired, provisional list of candidates who have been admitted and excluded will be published on the URV's Beatriz Galindo website, if necessary specifying the reason for exclusion.

Within 10 working days from the day after the publication, applicants can amend their application or, if appropriate, present their arguments to the Vice-Rector for Personnel.

If candidates do not amend the defects that have led to their being excluded within the specified period, they will no longer be considered to have applied and their exclusion will be definitive.

Once the deadline described in the point above has expired, the definitive list of candidates who have been excluded and admitted will be published at the same address as the provisional list.

Selection procedure

According to article 18 of the Order ECD/365/2018, of 23 March, which approved the regulations governing the awarding of the Beatriz Galindo grants, the General Secretary for Universities will appoint an international panel of experts to evaluate the applications made by teachers/researchers.

The applications will be evaluated in a single phase. Applications will be given a score of between 0 and 10 points by the international panel of experts. The panel will use the following criteria and the applicant's CV to evaluate the documentation presented: 

a) Teaching project of the teacher and/or researcher, up to 2.5 points

1. Quality of the teaching project, up to 1.25 points.

2. Programming of the teaching project, up to 1.25 points.

b) Research project, up to 2.5 points. 

1. Quality of the research project, up to 1.25 points.

2. Programming of the research project, up to 1.25 points.

c) Knowledge transfer project, up to 2.5 points.

1. Quality of the knowledge transfer project, up to 1.25 points.

2. Programming of the knowledge transfer project, up to 1.25 points.

d) Return on the teaching project, the research project and the knowledge transfer project for the University, up to 2.5 points.

1. Return on the teaching project, up to 1.25 points.

2. Return on the research project, up to 0.75 points.

3. Return on the knowledge transfer project, up to 0.5 points.

In application of article 25.1 of the Order ECD/365/2018, of 23 March, teachers and/or researchers need to obtain a minimum score of 6 points in order to be selected. Applicants with scores lower than this will not be accepted. In addition, the individual score of each of the elements must be at least 50% of the maximum possible score in each of them.


The rector will announce the decisions, naming a candidate for each vacancy in the order proposed by the international panel of experts until all vacancies have been filled. The position may also be declared unfilled.


The candidates proposed will sign a work contract with the University within a maximum of 2 months of the rector's decision being published on the website.

If a candidate renounces their appointment or if the contract is unsigned, the rector will appoint the next candidate on the list in order of preference.

If the proposed candidate is from a non-EU country, he/she must comply with the necessary legal requisites in order to be contracted and affiliated to the social security.


According to the Order ECD/365/2018, of 23 March, contracted teachers and/or researchers cannot enter into contracts with other entities during the period of their distinguished researcher contract, unless they have the express authorisation of the University and they respect the relevant regulations on incompatibilities.

The contract will be incompatible with other public or private funding that is intended for the same purpose, with salaries of a similar nature and, in general, with any money received that has the nature of a salary if it is the case that the activities carried out for such alternative funds interfere with the obligations for which the teacher/research has been contracted by the University. 

If this is the case, teachers and/or researchers must inform the University that they receive grants, subventions, income or resources that fund the subsidised activities.


Any interested party may lodge an administrative appeal against this competition and its conditions at the Administrative Court in Tarragona within two months, counting from the day after notification is received. An appeal for reversal can also be made to the Rector of the URV prior to the administrative appeal and within one month of the day after notification is received.

Likewise, interested parties can appeal to the rector of the URV against the actions of the committee within one month of having been informed of this decision. This appeal will be understood to have been rejected if the university administration publishes no resolution regarding the appeal within three months after it has been lodged. The opportunity to lodge an administrative appeal at the Administrative Court of Tarragona will expire six months from the day after the appeal lodged with the Rector has been rejected. If a resolution is published regarding the appeal lodged with the Rector, the interested party will have two months starting from the day after they have been notified of this to lodge an administrative appeal.

Likewise, interested parties may lodge any other appeal they deem necessary to defend their interests.

Tarragona, 23 April 2019.