PhD Scholarship 'Thermodynamics - optimal integration of energy from
1 - Working at the VUB
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2 - Position description
The Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen , Department Industriële
ingenieurswetenschappen , is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral
More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate,
You'll become a member of the FLOW research group, a young, dynamic group
working in the fields of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and data-driven
The context of your research will be: In the future, urban energy systems
will use more energy from biomass (such as eg green waste) to meet their
energy needs in a sustainable way. But such an integration must be
designed in an optimal way, with attention to the performance and the
environmental impact. The aim of this project is to conduct scientific
research into the optimal integration of biomass installations with the
new generation of low-temperature thermal networks. The lower temperature
levels are potentially interesting from an energetic point of view and can
also lead to lower particulate emissions;
Your research will entail both experimental and theoretical work:
the preparation and execution of performance measurements and particulate matter measurements with an electrical low-pressure impactor (ELPI) on biomass combustion systems;
the development of computer models for the optimal integration of energy from biomass with other energy conversion systems;
Furthermore, you are expected to actively participate in obtaining
research funding, writing, submitting, following up scientific articles,
and actively participating in scientific conferences;
Finally, you are expected to contribute to the organization of education
(supervision of projects/theses, providing labs and exercise sessions);
For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
(Elsene) will serve as your home base.
3 - Profile
What do we expect from you?
You hold a master's degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology, or an
equivalent master's degree;
Knowledge of thermodynamics and numerical modelling is a plus;
Preferably, you have prior experience with experiments;
In general, strong scientific programming and communication skills are
paramount, as is fluency in English;
You are team-oriented, pro-active, and highly motivated;
Honours are highly recommended;
You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an
assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated)
period of more than 12 months.
4 - Offer
Are you going to be our new colleague?
You'll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship , for 12 months
(extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of
the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2021.
You'll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.
IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to
the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the
At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where
you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.
As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:
Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport
according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-
life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of
leave (based on a fulltime contract).
5 - Interested?
Is this the job you've been dreaming of?
Send us ONLINE and at latest on 14/08/2021 your CV, letter of
motivation and the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB
Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. dr. ir. Svend Bram
at email@example.com or on +32 (0)495 49 16 12.
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