10 Phd Positions In Topcsp Msca Doctoral Network (# Of Pos: 10)

Universities and Institutes of Italy

Italy

November 1, 2022

Description

  • Organisation/Company: Project coordinator: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Research Field: Engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 01/11/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/04/2023
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: HE / MSCA
  • Reference Number: TOPCSP-PhD
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 101072537
  • Ten PhD positions available in TOPCSP doctoral network funded by the Horizon- MSCA DN- 2021 call. The Towards Competitive, Reliable, Safe and Sustainable Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plants (TOPCSP) project will offer a unique international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research and innovation framework to 10 promising doctoral candidates and will boost their excellence in the development of innovative technologies and so that they will be capable of solving the challenges that currently face the solar thermal power industry. The overall research objective of the project is to improve the design of the different systems of a CSP plant to increase its cost- competitiveness, reliability, environmental profile, and operational safety.

    Core research skills will be acquired by each doctoral candidate through the doctoral-level investigations of the task associated with his/her individual research project. Additional research skills will be delivered in the network- wide workshops, international conferences and training modules. A training in transferable skills, will help the doctoral candidates project their careers towards innovative and hi-tech applications in the non-academic sector. Every doctoral candidate will undertake secondments in academic and non-academic institutions of the consortium to develop their intersectoral and interdisciplinary skills.

    Information of the different PhD positions:

    DC1: Universal flux density measurement system for large-scale external and

    cavity receivers with high-performance image processing

    Development and deployment of a universal flux density measurement system for large-scale external and cavity receivers with high-performance image processing.

    Host institution: DLR (Julich, Germany), PhD enrolment at RWTH-Aachen University

    Main supervisor: Dr. Christian Raeder

    Secondments (to be confirmed): The Cyprus Institute (academic) and Synhelion (non-academic)

    Contact email: Christian.Raeder@dlr.de

    General information about the DLR Graduate Program and undertaking a PhD in DLR can be found here: https: // www. dlr.de/content/en/articles/education/dlr- graduate-program-fo...

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics, computer science.
  • Solid knowledge in optics, concentrated solar power systems and solar radiation in the high-power range.
  • Knowledge in mechanical engineering, heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming: image processing and machine learning, data acquisition and analysis.
  • A scientific, independent, responsible and systematic way of working and a passion to create solutions.
  • DC2: Turbulent two-phase flows in direct steam generation solar receiver

    Numerical simulation of the turbulent two-phase flow of direct steam generation solar receivers and validation of the results with experiments. Construction of the experimental data base.

    Host institution: CNRS- PROMES Laboratoire (Perpignan, France)

    PhD enrolment: Université de Perpignan

    Main supervisors: Dr. Samuel Mer and Dr. Adrien Toutant

    Secondments (to be confirmed): DLR (academic) and Virtualmech (non- academic)

    Contact email: samuel.mer@univ-perp.fr, adrien.toutant@univ-perp.fr

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • For the experimental part, an attraction to manual labour is a plus.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated.
  • DC 3: Improved steam cycle layouts to improve flexibility and reduce the

    cost of the CSP plant's power block

    Development of modified steam cycle layouts to improve flexibility and reduce the cost of the power block of CSP plants.

    Host institution: RWTH-Aachen University (Aachen, Germany)

    Main Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Wirsum

    Secondments (to be confirmed): Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy (academic) and Virtual Mechanics S.L., Sevilla, Spain (non-academic)

    Contact email: office@ikdg.rwth-aachen.de

    Other information: The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract of RWTH Aachen University. For further information please visit: https: // www. ikdg.rwth-aachen.de/cms/ikdg/~wycag/?lidx=1

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, energy engineering, physics, or applied mathematics.
  • Profound knowledge of power plant processes, heat transfer, and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated.
  • Strong initiative, solution-oriented approach, and communication skills required.
  • DC 4: New liquid HTFs for the next generation of CSP plants

    Thermomechanical study of central solar receivers working with high temperature heat transfer fluids (HTFs) using state-of-the-art numerical models and experiments performed in singular facilities.

    Host institution: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)

    Main supervisors: Dr. Antonio Acosta and Dr. Celia Sobrino

    Secondments (to be confirmed): CNRS (academic) and Acerinox Europa (non- academic)

    Contact email: aacosta@ing.uc3m.es.

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated.
  • DC 5: Supercritical CO2 cycles for the next generation of CSP plants

    Development of a sCO2 power cycle model that works with modified working fluids (CO2 with additives in a limited quantity) with a higher efficiency and a lower cost compared with state-of-the-art solar tower technology.

    Host institution: Università degli Studi di Brescia (Brescia, Italy)

    Main supervisor: Dr. Paolo Iora

    Secondments (to be confirmed): RWTH (academic) and B&R (non-academic)

    Contact email: paolo.iora@unibs.it

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of thermodynamics.
  • Solid knowledge of power system components, mainly turbomachinery and heat exchangers.
  • Experience in the use of process simulation software.
  • Experience in programming and interest in experimental activities are also appreciated.
  • The candidate must comply with the PhD regulation of the institution: https: // www. unibs.it/en/education/post-lauream/phd-programmes/phd- rules-...
  • DC 6: Design, sizing, and analysis of molten salt heating systems as energy

    reservoirs

    Design and analysis of a molten salt heating system to be used as an energy reservoir.

    Host institution: Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain)

    Main supervisor: Dr. Cristina Prieto and Dr. Francisco Javier Pino Lucena

    Secondments (to be confirmed): UC3M (academic) and Ingenergio (non- academic)

    Contact email: cprieto@us.es

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming and CFD tools is also appreciated.
  • DC 7: Concentrated solar system for solar fuels production

    Optimisation and techno-economic performance analysis of thermochemical and photo-thermochemical cycles for H2 production to be integrated in a point- focus CSP system.

    Host institution: Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy)

    Main supervisor: Marco Binotti

    Secondments (to be confirmed): The Cyprus Institute (academic) and Synhelion (non-academic)

    Contact email: marco.binotti@polimi.it

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, chemical engineering.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated.
  • Qualifications, degree and knowledge of English requirements to access PhD programme at Politecnico di Milano must be fulfilled (https: // www. dottorato.polimi.it/en/prospective-phd-candidates/before- applying)
  • For this position the candidate must send the diploma supplement with the rest of required documents (https: // www. polimi.it/en/footer/policy/diploma-supplement)
  • DC 8: Generative designs of solar tower receivers

    Development of an open-source computational framework to automatically generate receiver designs fulfilling multiple objectives.

    Host institution: The Cyprus Institute (Nicosia, Cyprus)

    Main supervisors: Dr. Manuel Blanco and Dr. Mihalis Nicolaou

    Secondments (to be confirmed): Politecnico di Milano (academic) and John Cockerill (non-academic)

    Contact email: m.blanco@cyi.ac.cy

    Candidate requirements:

    Needed:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the fields of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and the like.
  • Good academic records in relevant fields.
  • Good communication and writing skills; ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Proficient/experience in, at least, a programming language (desirable Python or C++).
  • Desirable but not needed:

  • Knowledge or experience in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • DC 9: Coupled optimisation of solar field and receiver/cavity geometry and

    thermal-hydraulic design

    Development of software framework to solve the coupled optimisation/design problem of solar field and receiver/cavity geometry based on cost, performance (optical, thermal and mechanical), and durability.

    Host institution: Virtualmech (Sevilla, Spain)

    PhD enrolment: Universidad de Sevilla

    Main supervisors: Dr. Juan Valverde and Dr. Jorge Galán-Vioque

    Secondments (to be confirmed): The Cyprus Institute (academic) and DLR (academic)

    Contact email: j.valverde@virtualmech.com

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and fluid flow and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated as well as CFD, optimization and anidolic (non-imaging) optics.
  • DC 10: Full economic and environmental analysis of CSP plants

    Life Cycle Analysis and economic analysis of a state-of-the-art CSP plant and comparison of the results with other renewable energy generation technologies.

    Host institution: John Cockerill (Seraing, Belgium)

    PhD enrolment: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

    Main supervisors: Dr. Ridha Harzallah and Dr. Domingo Santana

    Secondments (to be confirmed): Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (academic) and Universidad de Sevilla (academic)

    Contact email: ridha.harzallah@johncockerill.com

    Candidate requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial technology engineering, energy engineering, physics, applied mathematics.
  • Solid knowledge of heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.
  • Experience in programming is also appreciated.
  • Offer Requirements
  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
  • Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent

    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent

    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent

    Skills/Qualifications

    See the requirements for each PhD position at the Offer Description

    Specific Requirements
  • Good English speaking/writing/reading skills.
  • The candidates must comply with the PhD regulation of the recruiting institution.
  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Project coordinator: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // www. uc3m.es/ss/Satellite/UC3MInstitucional/es/Detalle/OrganismoC/137...
  • E-Mail: csobrino@ing.uc3m.es
  • Country: Spain
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