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One of the newly discovered ways to generate power involves rethinking the way we use metals. People deal with metals every day and it may be hard to imagine that metals can replace hydrocarbon fuels. However, recent research has indicated that there might be huge opportunities for a carbon-free energy cycle based on metal fuels, with which it will be possible to supply power and heat when and where needed. In order to make fast oxidation of metals possible, they should be used as small (micron-sized) particles. In that case, they generate flame structures similar to those of gaseous fuels. Currently new burners and boilers are being developed to make this combustion possible. A large 100 KW burner/boiler (MP100) has been developed by a consortium of partners which is currently upgraded to 200 KW and will be implemented in a 1 MW boiler later in 2023. This boiler will be used as a boiler for brewing CO2-free beer from 2023 onwards. The candidate will participate in the project team to implement a clean and efficient combustion operation into these new systems.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Qualification of applicant
We are looking for hands-on, talented and enthusiastic candidates with excellent experimental and communication skills holding an MSc or PhD in Thermo-Fluids, Power and flow, Combustion Technology, Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. A background and broad experience in energy conversion methods, preferably in combustion technology is required. Experience in flow physics and CFD is a benefit.
He/she must be fluent in spoken and written English.
Conditions of employment
- An exciting job in a dynamic work environment and multidisciplinary consortium;
- A temporary position of 1 year, but can be extended to 2 year;
- Depending on knowledge and experience, the gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of € 2,443 and a maximum of € 3,122 for the case of a graduated MSc;
- For a recently graduated PhD we offer a minimum of € 3,420 and a maximum of € 4,490 gross per month based on full-time work. This is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities;
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
- The possibility to present your work at international conferences;
- Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called '30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary;
- A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes;
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities;
- An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), moving expenses and excellent sports facilities.