The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) conducts fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport to achieve sustainable technological solutions. M2 holds one of Sweden’s most extensive simulator centre for navigation and propulsion of ships, as well as world class laboratories within combustion engineering and wind tunnels. The department also offers and contributes to bachelor and master programs in areas such as Shipping, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering to mention a few. In addition, professional education is performed on both a national and international level, with specific designed mission training for different social actors, within our ambition for a lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world class education. M2 consists of seven different divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support.

Information about the project

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD with a keen interest in aeronautics. The PhD position will focus on studying fluid flow and aircraft integration of aero engines. By sucking boundary layer generated on the aircraft body into the engine (see Figure 1), a substantial increase in total aircraft engine efficiency can be achieved. The PhD position will give a working knowledge on advanced industrial CFD but also give you knowledge and insight into fluid flow measurements, and system level assessments of aircraft and engine. This project is part of a wider effort to reduce the environmental impact of aviation, where Chalmers has a strong collaboration with other European universities and industries. The engine component manufacturer GKN Aerospace is a partner in the project, which is funded by the Sweden´s Innovation Agency, VINNOVA.

As a PhD you will actively conduct research work at the division of Fluid Dynamics, in the turbomachinery & aero-acoustics group. The group has a strong collaborative platform working with many aero engine industries and universities. Our main areas of research are in high speed flows, computational aero-acoustics (CAA) modeling of complex systems and multidisciplinary optimization. The position will open for your learning in all these areas through courses and publishing. The group has several in-house codes as well as uses commercial tools for simulations.

The division has several wind tunnels at hand. With the help of the wind tunnel, we will look in the project at building basic understanding of simpler geometries and integration of propulsion. We will measure fluid velocities, pressure distributions, boundary layer parameters. Particle image velocimetry will be used to get more detailed flow field visualization and allow for CFD calibration.

The main focus of the project is to develop an understanding of how the engine/aircraft and boundary layer injection is best optimized, develop the appropriate methods to do so, and evaluate the impact on future aircraft engine installations.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student, you will mainly focus on your doctoral studies. The project will give you an employment all the way to PhD and fund you to participate at international conferences all over the world. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to up to 10 percent of working hours.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment limited to a maximum of 4,5 years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in mechanical Engineering or another master education relevant to this research project. As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest, curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical skills are required.

As the position will offer strong collaboration between different partners, you should be able to work well in a group, and possess excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written.

Mandatory educational qualifications: 
MSc in Aeronautics, mechanical, Physics, Math engineering or any corresponding MSc.

Meritorious educational qualifications: 
Aeronautics course, CFD course, gas turbine course 

Mandatory experiences and skills: 
Fluid Mechanics course

Meritorious experiences and skills: 
Knowledge in oral and written Swedish, mechanical design engineering, programming

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180003 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 18 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Tomas Grönstedt, Fluid Dynamics, e-mail, phone +46 31 772 1409
Olivier Petit, Fluid Dynamics, e-mail, phone +46 31 772 5023

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