PhD Student (R1)

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PhD Student (R1)

Closing Date

Wednesday, 31 March, 2021
Reference: 45_21_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 700 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. Access to cutting-edge supercomputers opens new frontiers in combustion simulation and encourages a revision of models and methodologies to harness upcoming Exascale machines' full potential. This is one of the main objectives of the Center of Excellence in Combustion (CoEC) - the European H2020 project gathering major players in HPC and Combustion Simulation. The proposed research project is focused on the development of high-order methods for finite elements to study turbulent reacting flow in the low-Mach number limit with Adaptive Mesh Adaptation for gas turbine applications. It includes the study and characterization of atmospheric and high-pressure spray flames using DNS and LES approaches using tabulated and non-tabulated combustion models.

The applicant will be involved in the Large-scale Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Propulsion Technologies Groups from the CASE Department of BSC. These teams involve 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, where the successful activities and the publications on highly ranked scientific journals give the proved expertise.

Key Duties

  • The Ph. D. will be focused on the development of high-order methods for finite elements to study turbulent reacting flow in the low-Mach number limit. The work includes the extension to the code to quadratic and cubic elements, the development of entropy stable algorithms for scalar transport, the coupling with the flamelet method for reacting flow calculations and the coupling with adaptive mesh adaptation.


  • Education
    • The candidate should hold a PhD Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautics or Mechanical Engineering with background in turbulence and combustion.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • General knowledge on fluid mechanics, LES, numerical methods, combustion chemistry are expected.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Computational skills and parallel programming for HPC are not necessary, but will be considered an asset.
  • Competences
    • o Ability to work independently and make decisions
      o 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
  • 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: 01/04/2020

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.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.

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