Scientific activities / projects, PhD position

High Bandwidth Laser Imaging for the Study of Turbulent Flame Dynamics in a Combustion Test Facility

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up to 3 years


according to German 13 TVöD

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Your mission:

The Institute of Combustion Technology is one of the world leaders in the field of combustion research. We study burners and combustion chamber systems for gas turbines and research gas turbine powerplants for sustainable central and decentralized power- and heat generation. Our 80 scientists from various technical disciplines optimize combustion processes using numerical models, chemical kinetics and modern experimental techniques.

The Laser Diagnostics Group employs approximately 20 researchers to study innovative new technologies for energy conversion. We develop and apply various laser-based diagnostic techniques. With these we can resolve turbulent structures and the reaction zone and precisely analyze the combustion process. Quantitative measurements form the basis for development and evaluation of numerical simulation models. These models are essential for evaluation of new combustion concepts, for example in the estimation of pollutant emissions or performance of alternative fuels.

Your tasks will include:

  • apply high-bandwidth laser imaging (kHz acquisition-rate particle image velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence) to study the structure and dynamics of turbulent flames at conditions approximating those found in the combustor of a modern gas turbine engine
  • develop and operate a burner to be used in an optically-accessible, high-pressure combustion test facility
  • perform laser-based measurements of turbulent flames in a high pressure combustion test facility; process, analyze and interpret the results
  • publish results in peer-reviewed journals and technical symposia and use these results as the basis for completion of a Ph.D. dissertation
  • work in close cooperation with colleagues from the fields of laser spectroscopy, chemistry, combustion theory and modelling and numerical simulations

Employment level: part time (50%)

Please apply by 29 March 2017

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in physics, physical chemistry or engineering, e.g. mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • very good knowledge of experimental measurement techniques and laser spectroscopy
  • practical experience in application of planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and/or particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • experience in experimental methods, data acquisition and processing/analysis.
  • very good command of the English language

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

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Dr. Wolfgang Meier
Institute of Combustion Technology

Phone: +49 711 6862-397

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