Doctoral student in Combustion Physics at University of Lund

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Doctoral student in Combustion Physics at University of Lund


  • Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 years
  • Extent: 100 %
  • Location: Department of Physics, Lund
  • First day of employment: As soon as possible
  • Official Records Number: LTHPA 2011/394

The combustion physics department at Lund University is well-established and internationally recognized for excellence in the measurement and development of combustion applications related to ground and aerospace combustion engines and energy production.

The department conducts a wide-array of research, together with other departments within the Lund Institute of Technology. A significant portion of the measurement and research activity is also conducted outside the university at the facilities of our industrial research partners. Our research facility was built in 2001 and currently supports the work of around 35 researchers.

Job assignments
We seek Ph.D. candidate for investigation of NOx combustion chemistry in laminar flames in H/N/O system. The Ph.D. candidate position is structured to include 85% independent research work and 15% departmental work, including teaching, course work, etc.

The overall purpose of the present research project is further development of our understanding of the key processes governing formation and abatement of nitrogen oxides in combustion with specific focus on combustion chemistry of nitrogen-containing species in laminar flames using dedicated experiments, modeling and detailed model development.

The ultimate and challenging goal is the search of the missing (unknown) reactions in the combustion chemistry of NOx and NH3. Being of research nature the present project will study almost complete range of nitrogen-containing fuels and oxidizers. With rare exceptions, burning velocities of laminar premixed flames of NxHy species as a fuel and NxOy species as an oxidizer are not available. The project is supported by Vetenskaprådet.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements
To be considered for these positions, the potential candidate should hold a Master´s degree in Physics or Engineering Physics or Chemical Physics from an accredited university which includes coursework in mathematics and/or physics and/or chemistry equivalent to at least 240 course points in the Swedish university system.

Basis of Assessment
Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within this area, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.
  2. Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate and solve scientific questions. This ability can be established, for example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a masters thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.
  3. Skills in written and oral communication.
  4. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.

The candidate is expected to possess the background and abilities necessary to complete the Ph.D. graduate program, as assessed by the board appointed by the Lund Institute of Technology. The selection of candidates will proceed after the assessment of all potential candidates by the board. The quality of the Master`s project work is an important factor in the determination of the most qualified candidate.

Other important factors include performance in important coursework, the focus of courses chosen by the candidate, and overall Grade Point Average. In addition to the announcement of the available positions, applicants are invited, when possible, to interview for the positions in person. This is especially important for applicants with no prior coursework or knowledge of the Combustion Physics division. A strong candidate will have experience in the subject of combustion chemistry and combustion physics, computer science, and programming.

Candidates are expected to present their work at international conferences and to publish results in respected scientific journals. Hence, both verbal and written communication skills in English are very important. Employment as a Doctoral student can only be granted if you have been accepted to the postgraduate student program. Acceptance to the postgraduate student program is based on the estimated ability to perform well in your postgraduate studies. This is also one of the basic criteria for employment. Furthermore you need a valid university degree within a relevant study program.

As a Doctoral student you will mainly be working with you research project, but you can also be given more general tasks within the department i.e. teaching, research and administrative work, in accordance with the regulations. Rules for employment as a Doctoral student is stated in “The Higher Education Ordnance (SFS 1998:80), Chapter 5”.

Deadline : June, 7th 2011

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