PhD Student (R1)

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PhD Student (R1)

Closing Date

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Reference: 200_20_CASE_PT_R1
Job title: PhD Student (R1)

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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 needs to address challenges in aspects related to global efficiency, reduction of pollutant emissions, major flexibility of operation and reduction of thermo-acoustic instabilities. The use of numerical simulations as a tool for design 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 under conditions of interest for gas turbines. The main activity of the project is to develop advanced heating and evaporation models in conditions relevant to aero engine operation. The model developments are based on the use of detailed chemical kinetics for kerosene surrogates, and advanced tabulated combustion models. It includes the development of efficient algorithms for the coupling of liquid particles with gas phase dynamics allowing the use of large-scale applications with high computational efficiency. The candidate will be focused on the study of reacting sprays in atmospheric and high-pressure using DNS and LES perspectives in the context of flamelet methods. The work is focused on the development and validation of the turbulent combustion model at conditions representative of aero engine operation up to the simulation of spray flames in complex geometries.

Key Duties

  • The offered position is a full PhD position to investigate the of spray flames in aero engine combustors at engine-relevant conditions. The work conducted in the project will be performed with the parallel multiphysics code Alya, which is an in-house finite-element solver developed at BSC. The applicant is expected to get familiar with the code running benchmarking cases, and developing physical models that will be integrated in the multiphysics platform of Alya. The candidate should hold an Engineering Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautics or Mechanical Engineering with interest in turbulence and combustion. General knowledge on fluid mechanics, LES, numerical methods, soot, combustion chemistry are expected. Computational skills and parallel programming for HPC are not necessary, but will be considered an asset.


  • Education
    • MSc Graduate
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • 2-4 years experience
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • CFD modelling, combustion, LES
  • Competences
    • Researcher


  • 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 - 6 months 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: 01/10/2020

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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