PhD Student (R1)

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PhD Student (R1)

Closing Date

Monday, 30 November, 2020
Reference: 310_20_CASE_PT_R1
Job title: PhD Student (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, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. 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 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The design of modern combustion systems in a wide range of transportation applications needs to address challenges in aspects related to global efficiency (and hence CO2), reduction of pollutant emissions, major flexibility of operation and reduction of local phenomena such as thermo-acoustic instabilities for aero-engines or super-knock for SI engines. The use of numerical simulations as a tool for design of current and future propulsion systems is growing in the last decade as more computing power is becoming available. The proposed project is focused on the development of physical models and advance numerical simulations of turbulent flames with a view on the application to practical powertrains such as gas turbine engines, spark ignition engines or even turbulent jet ignition engines. Hence, a cross-platform combustion model is the main goal of this activity. Model developments are based on detailed chemistry simulations and advanced combustion and spray models that can be optimized with data-driven methods.

Research group description
The PhD work will be performed within a cooperation framework between the Propulsion Technologies Group at CASE Department of BSC and the Combustion Group at CMT-Motores Térmicos Research Institute of UPV. The team at BSC is a multidisciplinary group with researchers from all disciplines and with strong background in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The team is involved in many EU and industrial projects related to this topic. The team at UPV has a strong background on detailed analysis of technologically relevant combustion applications, such as reciprocating combustion engines or gas turbines, both from an experimental and simulation perspectives. The applicant PhD period will be shared between BSC and CMT, but will also interact with project partners from Cleansky project

Key Duties

  • The candidate will be focused on the study of turbulence / chemistry interactions (TCI) at engine-relevant conditions from direct numerical simulations (DNS) perspective and the application of Artificial Intelligence methods to provide model closures for TCI in large-eddy simulation (LES). The work is initially split into several development phases going from the study of the fundamentals of TCI in partially premixed flames, physics-based model developments assisted by data-driven methods and the application of these models to target technological applications using LES. The project will focus not only to gas-phase combustion, but also to spray flames.


  • Education
    • Engineering Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautics or Mechanical Engineering
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Interest in turbulence and combustion
    • Computational skills, parallel programming in HPC and Machine Learning are not necessary, but will be considered an asset.
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently and make decisions
    • Fluency in English is essential, Spanish is welcome.


  • The position will be located at BSC within the CASE Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year renewable renewable
  • 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: 01/11/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

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

  • A full CV in English including contact details


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

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

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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