PhD Student

(ESR 9) Combustion of low calorific value gases in a MGT/SOFC (Micro Gas Turbine/Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) hybrid concept

Your tasks

Investigate experimentally and numerically the combustion of typical gases exiting a SOFC. Given the low calorific value content of such gases, heterogeneous (catalytic) combustion or combined hetero-/homogeneous (catalytic and gaseous) combustion will be the selected approach in order to enhance the combustion stability. The objectives are to identify the operating conditions leading to stable combustion, to assess the combustion efficiency, and finally to investigate the combustion fundamentals in terms of the hetero-/homogeneous chemical kinetic coupling of the two main fuel components, H2 and CO. The PhD project will be performed at PSI with a degree allotted from ETH Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.

Your profile

You must be in the first 4 years of your research career, having a master degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering or Physics/Chemistry. The successful applicant should not have been living in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. Required background: Advanced understanding of the fundamentals of reactive flows (chemical kinetics, aerodynamics), interest/basic knowledge in optical/laser based measurement techniques, and basic knowledge of numerical simulation techniques. In addition to your individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. They need to follow the training program provided in NextMGT project.

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

For further information, please contact Dr Peter Jansohn, or phone +41 56 310 28 71; PD Dr Ioannis Mantzaras or phone +41 56 310 40 46.

Please submit your application online by 30 June 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4803-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Nicole Schubert, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland