PhD Position, High-order methods for hydrogen combustion in gas turbines (R1)

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PhD Position, High-order methods for hydrogen combustion in gas turbines (R1)

Data de tancament

Dissabte, 16 Desembre, 2023
Reference: 313_23_CASE_PTG_R1
Job title: PhD Position, High-order methods for hydrogen combustion in gas turbines (R1)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, was a founding and hosting member of the former European HPC infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and is now hosting entity for EuroHPC JU, the Joint Undertaking that leads large-scale investments and HPC provision in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 800 staff from 55 countries.

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Context And Mission

Currently, a new paradigm for aircraft propulsion towards decarbonization is shifting the interest to technologies based on H2 combustion due to the lack of carbon atoms present in the fuel and the potential to reduce greenhouse emissions from the engine. However, the use of H2 in practical applications demands dedicated investigation on flame dynamics and thermoacoustics. Modelling H2 combustion remains a challenging task due to its unique properties and the tightly coupled interaction between turbulence, and combustion. The need for more fuel-efficient systems with lower greenhouse gas emissions keeps driving the development of models and High-Performance Computing (HPC) tools with better predicting capabilities for H2 flames. High-order methods offer enhanced accuracy and reduced computational cost compared to traditional low-order methods, while HPC and GPU acceleration provide significant computational power, enabling the simulation of complex combustion scenarios.

The proposed research project aims to investigate the combustion characteristics of hydrogen, a promising alternative fuel for a sustainable future, by employing high-order methods and leveraging the power of HPC architectures, specifically Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). This PhD project will focus on the development and application of high-order numerical methods using HPC and GPUs for simulating hydrogen combustion. The applicant is expected to work on the optimization of an in-house compressible solver and to extend the capability of the CFD solver with multicomponent transport and combustion models based on finite rate chemistry.

Research activities will be carried out in the framework of a EU project seeking at improving the fidelity of H2 flame simulations for aeronautical injectors. The applicant will join the Propulsion Technologies Group (PTG), a research group from the Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. As part of the PTG, the applicant will form part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers with a strong background on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to high-fidelity simulations for the development of clean propulsion and power generation systems. The PTG is actively involved in several European research-oriented and industrial projects for which results are disseminated in highly ranked scientific journals and conferences.

Key Duties

  • Developing of advanced numerical methods for reacting flows using spectral elements.
  • Investigating the fundamental combustion characteristics of hydrogen, including ignition, flame propagation, and extinction phenomena, using high-order numerical methods.
  • Developing and optimizing computational algorithms specifically tailored for GPU architectures, enabling efficient utilization of HPC resources for large-scale hydrogen combustion simulations.
  • Applying the high-order methods and GPU-accelerated simulations to study complex hydrogen combustion scenarios, such as combustion in gas turbines, internal combustion engines, or hydrogen-based power systems.
  • Analyzing and interpreting simulation results to gain insights into the combustion processes, pollutant formation, and combustion efficiency.
  • Collaborating with research groups within the department and potentially with industry partners working on hydrogen-related technologies and HPC/GPU-based simulations.
  • Contribute to scientific publications and reporting to different National and EU projects the researcher will be involved in.


  • Education
    • The candidate should hold a Bachelors or MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • General knowledge on fluid mechanics, chemistry, thermodynamics, numerical methods would be expected.
    • Good knowledge of any programming language.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Parallel programming for HPC are not necessary, but will be considered an asset.
  • Competences
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team.
    • Good communication and team-work skills to work in a multidisciplinary team.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work within a team to complete tasks on schedule.
    • Fluency in English is required, and Spanish will be convenient.


  • The position will be located at BSC within the CASE Department
  • We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: asap

Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website and contain:

  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

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  • Deadline

    The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

    OTM-R principles for selection processes

    BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment panels and recognizing career breaks etc.
    BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
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