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Postdoctoral Job – Gas Coolers for Industry Heat Pumps, Computational Fluid Dynamics – Oct 2021

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

The Netherlands

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TU Delft (Delft University of Technology) invites applications for Postdoctoral Job in Computational Fluid Dynamics to develop novel heat transfer enhancement methods by combining state-of-the-art Direct Numerical Simulations and optimization techniques at the Department of Process & Energy, Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, the Netherlands – Oct 2021 (Job Opportunities for PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, physics, with a background in computational fluid dynamics.)

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 24, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 3.548 EURO/Month

Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Department of Process & Energy
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Qualification Details

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in mechanical, aerospace engineering, physics or a closely related field.
  • A strong background in computational fluid dynamics.
  • Affinity with thermodynamics, convective heat transfer and preferably heat exchanger design.
  • Good programming skills.
  • Good communication skills and ability to be a team player.
  • Self-starter with initiative and ability to set up, organize and execute his/her own research and meet targets.
  • Good comprehension of the English language.

Responsibilities/Job Description

As a result of climate change, the process industry must look for carbon free sources of energy in order to meet their heat demand. Industrial heat pumps utilizing environmentally benign work media may be used to upgrade waste heat to process heat.

In supercritical heat pump cycles, the working medium (such as CO2 or another refrigerant) enters the gas cooler at supercritical pressure. During the cooling process, the fluid transitions from a fluid with gas-like properties to a fluid with liquid-like properties in a smooth fashion. During this process, the fluid exhibits complex heat transfer behaviour. In certain cases, turbulence levels may be suppressed as an indirect result of bulk thermal acceleration and/or buoyancy effects.

As a post-doctoral researcher, you will help to develop novel heat transfer enhancement methods by combining state-of-the-art Direct Numerical Simulations and optimization techniques. In particular, heat transfer enhancement methods are sought after that minimize any associated increases in pressure drop. The performance of newly developed methods will be tested numerically for different work media. Finally, the advantage of newly developed methods with respect to thermodynamic cycle first and second law efficiency will be demonstrated as well. The position will last two full years.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01503
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Documents Required

Please apply before 25 October 2021 via the application button and upload:

  • a letter of interest (including motivation relevant to the research topic)
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (including study curriculum rankings if available, relevant research experience and publications)
  • your official transcripts (in English)
  • two references including full contact information of the referees.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Department

At the department of Process & Energy, we enable the energy transition by educating future (mechanical) engineers and by developing novel processes and equipment for the production and consumption of novel fuels, chemicals and materials. We perform outstanding research in the fundamentals (thermodynamics and fluid dynamics) and in technologies (energy technology and storage, process intensification and multiphase systems).

About Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Do you want to experience working at our faculty? This video will introduce you to some of our researchers and their work.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.548 - € 4.474). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

This position is a temporary assignment for two years.

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Contact details

For more information about this position please contact Dr.Ir. Jurriaan Peeters, Assistant Professor (tel: +31 (0)15 2786628, email:

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