Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Jan 31, 2022 00:00
TW08 - Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Limited duration
Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering or a master degree in engineering physics, science or other similar competence
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The marine sector also needs to abandon the use of fossil fuels and switch to renewable options, see for example This vacancy is within the Clean Hydrogen Propulsion for Ships project (CHyPS). This project will develop essential building blocks in the roadmap to a comprehensive modelling suite to enable simulation of future powertrains for the shipping industry. Within CHyPS, the focus will be on detailed modelling of green and clean ship engines fuelled with hydrogen and methanol, and the storage system for these fuels, with a focus on liquid hydrogen. The models should be developed to allow for their implementation in either open source or commercial system simulation software. Their integration in specific software will be demonstrated within the project, for case studies that will be defined in consultation with the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB).
The project partners include the SFTES group at Ghent University (
the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (;
VIL, the Flemish logistics cluster (;
and the Blue Cluster (
The Sustainable Thermo-Fluids Energy Systems (STFES) research group at Ghent University is part of EnerGhentIC, the interdisciplinary community of Ghent University researchers working on the energy challenge, a cluster of 18 groups and over 100 researchers (see One of the research topics is internal combustion engines, with a focus on alternative fuels and a strong track record in hydrogen and methanol in particular.
Ghent University’s tasks in the project focus on
1) Developing and extending the suite of alternative fuel building blocks: burning velocity of hydrogen and methanol, in-cylinder heat transfer model, emissions models, models for abnormal combustion phenomena in spark ignition and dual fuel engines.
2) Developing integrated models for the potential combinations of fuels and engine technologies: e.g. spark ignition with port or direct injection, or pre-chambers; dual-fuel with port or direct injection; for hydrogen and methanol; including validation.
3) Developing a general framework for a self-calibrating modeling architecture open to online and transfer learning, and apply a self-calibrating machine learning architecture to fuel tank model calibration and engine model calibration.
Your main responsibility will be within the 1st point. Within the project you will also be collaborating with a postdoc focusing on the tasks in points 2 and 3. You will be working in an internationally recognized research group with 5-10 colleagues all working on sustainable fuels for combustion engines, and with extensive experimental and numerical facilities.

Job profile

You have a master degree in mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering or a master degree in engineering physics, science or other similar competence;
Preferably with a master thesis in the field of combustion engines and alternative fuels;
Preferably with experience in modelling and simulation.
You have very good oral and written proficiency in English.
The selection will be based on the judged ability for you to successfully finish the assigned tasks. The assessment will be based on your research experience, your study results at undergraduate and graduate levels, and on your ability to present, explain and defend your master thesis in an interview. In particular, we will be looking for:
1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis topic.
2. Ability to work independently and ability to formulate and solve scientific problems.
3. Skills in written and oral communication.
4. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how you, through your experience and skills, are deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing a PhD.
Ghent University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

How to apply

Apply for the position by e-mail to, at the latest on January 31st 2022, with “CHyPS PhD vacancy” in the subject line. Applications shall be written in English, and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).
If you pass the pre-selection, you will receive further instructions on the selection process and will be invited for an interview, likely online.
The starting date can be as early as March 1st 2022 and should be no later than August 1st 2022.