PhD Position in Large Eddy Simulations for Hydrogen Flames

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 22 Oct 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)

20 Sep 2023
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

22 Oct 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
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Not Applicable
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Offer Description

A PhD position has become available at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft, department of Flow, Propulsion and Technology (FPT), Chair of Sustainable Aircraft Propulsion (SAP), within the context of development of hydrogen-based technologies for combustion systems.

We are racing against time to find a clean, yet abundant, energy source able to arrest global warming. Hydrogen has all the characteristics to address this challenge: it can be produced cleanly from water; it is incredibly energetic; and more importantly, it is carbon-free. However, hydrogen’s strong reactivity and diffusivity make the control of its flame in energy-generation devices extremely challenging. Moreover, toxic nitric oxides (NOx), a major concern for air quality, are still abundantly produced in a hydrogen flame. Enabling the use of hydrogen requires thus solutions where the flame is stable and with ultra-low NOx at the same time, and at any power setting.

The present research will explore innovative methods to suppress NOx and keep the flame stable at the same time, such as water injection, intensive strain, cold injection and magnetic conditioning. The assessment and control of the flame dynamic response under different conditions and combustion regimes is an integral aspect of this research. The flame dynamics will be fully characterised by using high-fidelity large eddy simulations and theoretical analyses. The final goal is to achieve control of the hydrogen flame at any power setting, so to pave the way for the exploitation of green energy.

The position will involve a strong interaction with the experimentalists and other researchers in the SAP group. You are expected to begin the activities by early 2024.

Specific Requirements

You must hold an MSc in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or related subjects (math, physics), and must demonstrate:

  • Excellent analytical skills and outstanding track record in the disciplines related to the research subject.
  • A passion for fluid dynamics and power generation systems.
  • A background or a thesis in the area of combustion CFD, preferably in the area flame dynamics analysis (e.g. thermoacoustics).
  • An aptitude for coding and software development. Preferably previous experience with one or more of the following: Matlab, Python, C++, Fortran.
  • An aptitude for team-work and effective communication in an international environment.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 20 Octotober 2023 via the application button and upload:

  • A motivation Letter (max 900 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae including complete address, phone number, email address, educational background, language skills, and work experience.
  • Copies of bachelor and master diploma and transcript of grades in English.
  • Copy of the master thesis dissertation.

Please note:

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr Ivan Langella via email at .

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Delft University of Technology
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