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PhD: Reclaiming Valuable Metals - CFD cyclone reactor model

Metallurgy, computational fluid dynamics

10 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


ReclaMet is an up-scaling project funded by EIT Raw Materials. The HIsarna process is a new and groundbreaking smelting reduction process to produce liquid hot metal from iron ores and coal. Due to a declining availability of primary Zinc ores, there is an increased interest in suitable secondary sources of Zn concentrates. This project aims at enriching the zinc content in the HIsarna flue dust to the level which makes it suitable for use in Zn smelters as secondary raw materials. The PhD student will focus on cyclone reactor modelling using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and study of the behaviour of Zn and other heavy metals within the HIsarna reactor system using thermodynamic tools, and on minimising dust carry-over from the smelting cyclone through process models.


We are looking for inspiring, self-motivated candidates to conduct a project involving the development and upscaling of a groundbreaking new ironmaking technology by our industrial partner. For the PhD position, demonstrated knowledge and skills in process modelling and simulation for metallurgical processes (experience in CFD) will be essential. Furthermore, you have:
• good communication skills (high degree of English proficiency) and the ability to work in a team, with industry stakeholders, academics, and technicians.
• self-motivation, scientific curiousity, and ability to take the lead in the research.     


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this project, please contact dr Yongxiang Yang, e-mail: y.yang@tudelft.nl or Jolanda de Roo, phone: +31 (6)-572913508, e-mail: jolanda.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl.
Minds for Innovation is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information regarding recruitment please contact Jolanda de Roo. e-mail: jolanda.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl, phone: + 316 572 913 50.
To apply, please visit the website http://www.mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies/ and use the online application tool by 28 February 2018.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-72.

Additional information

Jolanda de Roo
+31 (6)-57291350

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of Delft University of Technology, undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising, and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals. The aim is to develop fundamental understanding forming the basis for better performance and a longer life cycle with preservation of functionality, while at the same time optimising sustainable use of resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

The Metals Production, Refining and Recycling (MPRR) group conducts research into both primary metals production and the development of efficient recycling technologies for strategic metals. Together with the Metals and Sustainable Development (MSD) group, the group aims to deepen the understanding of production and behaviour of metals in relation to industrial and societal needs. For more information: https://mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies/phd-position-reclaiming-valuable-metals-in-hisarna-ironmaking-process-cfd-cyclone-reactor-model-technical-university-of-delft-delft-the-netherlands/