1 Phd Position As Part Of The Etn Inspire (Horizon 2020 Msca)

Universities and Institutes of Italy


September 25, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: INSPIRE ETN - H2020 MSCA-ITN Project
  • Research Field: Engineering › Mechanical engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 25/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Italy › Genova
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/11/2021
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Reference Number: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 956803
  • The thermodynamic cycle used in a gas turbine (GT) has undergone little change since its early development. Over the last decades effort has been put into increasing efficiency through reducing losses and raising overall pressure ratio and peak temperature. To break out of current limits a different cycle is required. One of the most promising is the case where a pressure rise across the combustion process is allowed. Cycle models show that such a change would reduce the fuel consumption of a large turbofan engine by ~15% and of a small engine by ~25%. An efficiency increase of up to 20% is also expected for land based GT. The pan-European team assembled within the ITN INSPIRE project offers the possibility of studying the most promising Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) solutions (Constant Volume Combustion - CVC and Rotating Detonation Combustion - RDC) on an innovative integrated level. The training of new researchers familiar with the concepts of PGC will ease the adoption of the technology in European industry. Since the developmental life cycle of GT is long, familiarizing a generation of new researchers with PGC will allow them to grow along with the technology.

    The network will see 15 PhDs working on different topics and with different methodologies to support the development of the two PGC solutions. Around the researches focusing on CVC and RDC, where institutions such as TUB, ENSMA, CERFACS, and SAFRAN will supervise the experimental and modelling activities of the involved ESR, additional investigations will aim at studying the main phenomena and technologies required to enable PGC solutions on actual engines. Topics as heat transfer, unsteady components interaction, noise generation and overall system performance will be faced by ESR supervised by UNIFI, POLITO, UNIGE, KTH and TUB.

    The project INSPIRE will recruit 15 ESRs in the eight institutions forming the network which are spread over four countries (France, Germany, Italy and Sweden). In addition, six partner organizations (including gas turbine and aeroengine industries and US Universities) will support training and secondments for the ESRs.

    List of available PhD / ESR positions (+host institutions, supervisors)

  • ESR 13: PGC power plant analysis and cycle thermo-economic optimization (UNIVERSITY OF GENOA (Italy), Supervisors: Prof. A. Sorce). Additional information abut the position are available here
  • Benefits

    The position will permit to carry out research in a stimulating group with the chance to join high-level training events. You will get a very attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska- Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). For further information please visit the EU MSCA website.

    Eligibility criteria

    European and non-European students are invited to apply to any of the fifteen fellowships.

    To be eligible, the candidate:

  • must be in the first four years of her/his research career. Candidates should ideally possess a Master's degree in a relevant academic field or a degree that allows them to embark in a PhD (applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree cannot be considered).
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the institution that recruits the student for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  • must be willing to spend a prolonged time in another institute/country of the network during the PhD thesis period.
  • For further details on eligibility criteria please check in the Information Note for ITN Fellows.

    Selection process

    In order to apply, it's mandatory to send an expression of interest by email to info@inspire-etn.eu. The mail subject has to be INSPIRE ESR 13. Please include a letter of interest, a CV and at least one recommendation letter as one pdf file (max file size 5 MB).

    Further instructions to finalize the application will be sent in reply, and will also be available, for each ESR, on project website (https:// www. inspire-etn.eu). Some host institutions require additional submission of the application documents via the host's submission system.

    Web site for additional job details

    https:// www. inspire-etn.eu

    Offer Requirements
  • ENGLISH: Good

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: INSPIRE ETN - H2020 MSCA-ITN Project
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https:// www. inspire-etn.eu
  • E-Mail: info@inspire-etn.eu
  • Country: Italy
  • City: Genova
  • State/Province: Italy
  • Postal Code: 16145
  • Street: Via all'Opera Pia, 15
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