PhD Scholarship in Cfd for Internal Combustion Engines

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in mechanical engineering at Technical University of Denmark. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. Applications should be sent before November 05, 2018.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DTU Mekanik) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has an open 3-year PhD position in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics for internal combustion engines. The research project involves detailed investigations of combustion and emission characteristics using heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil, and liquefied natural gas oil in large two-stroke marine diesel engines. The model development will be performed in Open FOAM and in STAR-CCM+ and focus on the modelling of turbulent chemistry interaction in full engine models.

The PhD position is part of a larger project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and includes in addition a postdoctoral position at DTU Mekanik and another PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU. Key project partners are MAN Energy Solutions, Copenhagen Denmark, and the University of Lund, Sweden.

Responsibilities and tasks

Contribute to all aspects of the developing of the turbulent chemistry interaction models and full engine simulations using Large Eddy Simulations. Also the candidate is expected to work closely with Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU 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 Master's students.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. An MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with knowledge in combustion modeling is preferred.

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.

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 Jens Honor Walther, e-mail:

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Please submit your online application no later than 5 November 2018 (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.

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.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 150 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.


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