PhD position (Early-Stage Researcher) on Characterization of acoustically (un)forced kerosene spray flames at elevated pressure and preheated air

PhD position (Early-Stage Researcher) on Characterization of acoustically (un)forced kerosene spray flames at elevated pressure and preheated air

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30 Oct 27 Nov Enschede

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Several research positions are available to early-stage and experienced researchers in the Marie Sklodowska Curie Initial Training Network MAGISTER, funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. MAGISTER is a multi-disciplinary project providing research training in computational fluid mechanics, combustion dynamics, acoustics and machine learning. The research objective is to predict and control accurately the combustion dynamics in a gas turbine engine over the full range of Technology Readiness Levels, by means of the application of machine learning on CFD simulations, laboratory experiments and full engine data. 

Within the Thermal Engineering group a vacancy exists for a PhD position.

The objectives of this study are:
(I) Perform kerosene spray flame tests in UT rig with KIT double radial swirler nozzle at variable pressure and air inlet temp. (II) Determine Flame response at acoustic modulation of air flow at variable pressure and air inlet temperature. (III) Flame response diagnostics on basis of measuring acoustics, Heat Release Rate, Laser Induced Fluorescence measured OH*. (IV) Determination of Flame Transfer Function.

The expected results are:
(I) Time averaged and RMS fields of OH* at central cross section in combustor. (II) Phase triggered time sample averaged OH* fields in air flow forced situation using synchronized pulsed laser. (III) Rate of Heat release rate on base of Photo Multiplier data, w/wo acoustic forcing of air flow. (IV) Flame Transfer Function for acoustic forcing of air flow as a function of air pressure and air inlet temperature.


University of Twente (UT)


The candidate must be able to demonstrate competence in Computational Fluid Mechanics under the supervision of Dr. Jim Kok and Dr. Edwin van der Weide. 

Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility rules stipulated by the Horizon 2020 Guidelines of the European Commission. In particular, they must not have performed their main activity in the Netherlands for more than 12 months of the 36 months preceding the position. Early-Stage Researchers must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

For more information about this vacancy you can contact Kok, telephone +31 53 4892582 (e-mail:

Your application, provided with a CV, list of three persons for reference, a list of publications (if applicable), and a summary of the M.Sc thesis should be sent before 27 November, 2017 through the link below

Conditions of employment

The successful applicant will be appointed on a 3 year contract.

The salary for PhD research starts at € 2.222,- gross per month for the first year and extends to a maximum of € 2.709,- gross per month in the third year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE  and IGS.


  • PhD positions
  • Natural Sciences; Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2222—€2709 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 916546


University of Twente (UT)

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