Monika dash

Phd candidate

About Me

Analytical, creative, communicative and a goal-oriented physicist working towards a PhD in Computational Physics. With a demonstrable flexibility in working across domains ranging from designing low-cost medical diagnostic devices to physical modeling of complex sub-atomic processes, I enjoy taking up new learning challenges and being responsible and strategic within a project.

I am looking for a role where I can contribute and further develop my technical and soft skills in a multi-disciplinary team environment. I expect to be able to create and effectively communicate solutions and innovative ideas for complex problems in industrial R&D, while learning how technical know-how translates to successful business.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. Physics), University of Twente, The Netherlands 09/2020 (expected)
  • Master of Science (MS in Science (distinction), Major:Physics, and Minor:Mathematics, GPA: 9/10), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India 05/2014



Python, C, C++, Fortran, MATLAB, R


MATLAB, Wolfram Mathematica, Shell scripting (Bash, Bourne)

OS Platforms

Unix (macOS), Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian), MS Windows

Academic courses

Classical Physics, Electrodynamics

Optics, Nonlinear Dynamics

Quantum Mechanics, Probability and Statistics

Linear Algebra, Group Theory

Elements of Microscopy (ETH Zurich)

Micro and Nano-Tomography of Biological Tissues (ETH Zurich)

online courses

Machine Learning (Coursera/Stanford University)

Version Control with Git (Coursera/Atlassian)

Spoken languages

English (professional)

Dutch (A2; basic conversational)

Hindi (fluent)

Odia (native)


PhD researcher in Computational Physics/Materials Science

University of Twente, The Netherlands

  • Developed an accurate, automated and robust protocol to computationally model complex optical processes
  • Advanced connectivity and functionality of commercial and in-house codes by developing new interfaces in Python and Fortran
  • Established successful collaborations with groups in France, Italy and The Netherlands
  • Communicated important outcomes in national and international conferences; won 2 poster prizes
  • Supervised the training of 2 students and represented the group at the university’s ‘Open days’ for Masters’ students
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Research Assistant in Imaging and Fluid flow modelling

ETH Zürich, Switzerland/ Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

  • Developed a systematic strategy to segment low-contrast 3D X-ray tomography images of living plant tissue
  • Designed classification models for large data sets of structural properties based on physical location within tissue to predict associated function
  • Wrote proposals and obtained extremely competitive synchrotron imaging beam timeat the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen
  • Coordinated experiment design and planning for efficient utilization of limited beamtime and organization of materials and data with co-participants
  • Initiated successful collaborations with groups in Switzerland, Belgium and USA.
Masters’ thesis in Computational and Experimental Microfluidics

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India

  • Performed experimental study and numerical modelling of blood flow dynamics on a rotating microfluidic platform
  • Designed and optimized experimental setup to identify malaria-infected blood based on physical flow parameters
  • Developed a continuum FEM phase-field model in COMSOL
  • Initiated contact and discussions with other experimental groups at IIT Kharagpur; that resulted in several publications in reputed peer-reviewed journals
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  • INSPIRE fellowship (2009-2010), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (top 1% in the Joint Engineering Entrance exam, 2009 among 0.39 million aspirants)
  • KVPY fellowship (2010-2014), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (30 awards for ~ 40000 applicants)


Zumba, writing poetry, learning languages and cooking international cuisines