PhD Scholarship Position in Combustion Engines Studying Compression Ignition Engine Operation on Methanol

Lund University is delighted to offer a PhD position in mechanical engineering. The funds for this fellowship are available for 5 years. This position is closed on March 16, 2020.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

The Division of Combustion Engines is a world leading engine research facility focused on engine control,alternative fuels, novel combustion concepts, and fundamental studies in optically accessible engines. Ithosts a state-of-the-art engine lab with 12 test cells, and about 20 employees of which 12 are Ph.D. students. Theengine research cluster in Lund involves staff from Combustion Physics, Fluid Mechanics, AutomaticControl and Heat Transfer totalling more than 50 scientists.

Job assignment

This PhD position is within a EU Horizon 2020 project called FASTWATER. The project focuses on methanol, as a clean fuel for shipping. Methanol is available in large quantities in most ports today and offers a pathway to a climate-neutral synthetic fuel produced from renewables. As a liquid fuel, it is easily stored on board, which is advantageous to ship design, and enables relatively simple retrofitting. FASTWATER aims to start a fast transitionary path to move waterborne transport away from fossil fuels, and reduce its pollutant emissions to minimal impact, through the use of methanol fuel. The FASTWATER consortium has a strong track record with methanol projects (particularly for waterborne transport) and includes shipyards, a ship owner, engine manufacturers, an equipment supplier, a classification society, a methanol producer, a major port and research institutes. Specifically, FASTWATER will develop and demonstrate an evolutionary pathway for methanol technology, including retrofit solutions as well as next generation systems. Universal, scalable retrofit kits, medium speed and high speed methanol engines will be developed, demonstrated and commercialized. The demos include a harbour tug, a pilot boat and a coast guard vessel. A complete design for a methanol-powered river cruiser is also included.

Besides coordinating the project, LU focuses on the development of the next generation of compression ignition methanol engines, that fully exploit methanol's beneficial properties as an engine fuel, for increased efficiency and even lower emissions. The LU objectives are to 1) experimentally develop the engine concept used in one of the demos, using ignition enhancer, to a concept that can reduce or eliminate the use of ignition enhancer; and 2) to evaluate alternative concepts and provide recommendations on which methanol engine concepts to invest in for market introduction.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).


Assessment criteria

The selection for admittance to the postgraduate studies will be based on the judged ability tosuccessfully finish the same. The assessment is based on results of studies at undergraduate and graduatelevels, with particular emphasis on the candidate’s ability to present, explain and defend his thesis in aninterview.

The candidate should have a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineeringor a degree in engineering physics, science or other similar competence. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how theapplicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary forsuccessfully completing the third cycle programme.

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cyclestudies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employmentof a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in theHigher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 .

Instructions on how to apply

Apply for the position via the link at the bottom of the vacancy notice. Applications shall be written inEnglish, and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).


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