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Post-Graduate on Metal Fuels Conversion Technology

Combustion is responsible for 80% of our current energy supply and will remain to be extremely important in future due to its extremely high power-density. …

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Combustion is responsible for 80% of our current energy supply and will remain to be extremely important in future due to its extremely high power-density. However, the fuels will shift more and more from fossils to sustainable fuels like biofuels, solar fuels and metal fuels. To understand the underlying physical and chemical processes and to control them in such a way that the processes are ultra-clean and highly efficient is highly motivating.

One of the newly discovered ways to generate power involves rethinking the way we use metals. People deal with metals every day and it may be hard to imagine that metals can replace hydrocarbon fuels. However, recent research has indicated that there might be huge opportunities for a carbon-free energy cycle based on metal fuels, with which it will be possible to supply power and heat when and where needed. In order to make fast oxidation of metals possible, they should be used as small (micron-sized) particles. In that case, they generate flame structures similar to those of gaseous fuels. Currently a new burner is developed to make this combustion possible in a very efficient way, called Mild Cyclonic Combustor (MC2). The candidate will develop these ideas further into a working prototype, using design methods and experiments, possibly supported by CFD simulations.


Qualification of applicant

We are looking for recently graduated, talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent experimental and communication skills holding an MSc or PhD in Thermo-Fluids, Power and flow, Combustion Technology, Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. A strong interest in energy conversion methods in the energy transition is required. Experience in flow physics and CFD is a benefit.


We offer:
  • An exciting job in a dynamic work environment and multidisciplinary consortium.
  • A temporary position of 1 year, with possible extensions.
  • Depending on knowledge and experience, the gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of € 2,325 and a maximum of
    € 2,972 for the case of a graduated MSc.
    For a recently graduated PhD we offer a minimum of € 3,255 and a maximum of € 4,274 gross per month based on full-time work. This is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • The possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance
    (8% in May), moving expenses and excellent sports facilities.

Additional information

The Power & Flow section within Mechanical Engineering focuses on clean and efficient combustion and process technology, to cater for fast-growing energy demands. We are also seeing increased use of biofuels, and eventually the emergence of fuels derived from sustainable sources, such as solar and metal fuels. Optimizing combustion and process devices, in combination with different fuel formulations to minimize undesired emissions and maximize thermal efficiency, is essential to supporting both of these developments.

The metal combustion research is concerned with a novel type of fuels: metal powders that have a tremendously high energy density and can act as a major CO2-free energy carrier for the long term. Within the group we develop the combustion technology of metal powder, solid handling including separation and regeneration through chemical reduction using renewable hydrogen. The group has a unique research infrastructure, both from an experimental and computational perspective. The group has a world-wide reputation on experimental and numerical tackling of combustion problems (in particular the Heat Flux Method and the Flamelet Generated Manifolds technique).


More information about Eindhoven University of Technology and Mechanical Engineering Department, can be found on https://www.tue.nl/en and https://www.tue.nl/en/our-university/departments/mechanical-engineering/. Information of the involved research group can be found here: https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/power-flow.

For further information on this vacancy you can contact Prof. dr. Philip de Goey, e-mail: l.p.h.d.goey[a]tue.nl
For information concerning employment conditions click here or contact hrservices.gemini[a]tue.nl


We invite you to submit a complete application via our website by clicking on the "apply for this job" button.

The application should include:
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Your PhD or MSc thesis
  • Optionally letter(s) of recommendation

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