PhD scholarship in Combustion Chemistry in Marine Engines

DTU Kemiteknik
fredag 08 mar 19

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The Department of Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of
Denmark (DTU) has an open 3-year PhD position in the area of high-pressure combustion chemistry in internal combustion engines.

The PhD project will be conducted at the CHEC Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering. CHEC is internationally recognised with respect to research in combustion, emission control, gasification, modelling, advanced measurements in boilers and catalysis.

The research project involves development and validation of reaction mechanisms for dual-fuel oxidation, e.g., n-heptane/methane and n-heptane/LPG. The specific aim is to construct a skeletal multicomponent mechanism for use in CFD dual-fuel combustion simulations. For validation of the detailed reaction mechanism, high-pressure flow reactor experiments will be conducted. 

The PhD position is a part of a larger project funded by the Independent

Research Fund Denmark and includes in addition a postdoctoral position at DTU Chemical Engineering and another PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the DTU Mechanical Engineering. Key project partners are, in addition to DTU Mechanical Engineering, MAN Energy Solutions, Copenhagen Denmark and The University of Lund, Sweden.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The candidate will conduct high-pressure flow reactor experiments to characterize oxidation of selected fuels and fuel mixtures. He or she will develop and validate detailed reaction mechanisms and reduce them analytically. The candidate is also expected to work closely with DTU Mechanical Engineering to define the criteria in developing skeletal mechanisms for different fuels and evaluate their performance in CFD calculations. The position will involve co-supervision of MSc students.


Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

During your studies, you have demonstrated that you can master both experimental and modelling work.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Peter Glarborg.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Glarborg,  

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 March 2019 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leader in innovative teaching and research, built on core technical subjects and engineering scientific disciplines. The teaching and research covers separation processes, reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, process and facility planning, unit operations, heat transmission, fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics. The Department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.