PhD scholarship in Novel Methods for Industrial Process Integration and Electrification

onsdag 28 apr 21

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Frist 15. maj 2021
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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a highly qualified PhD candidate for participating in solving the challenges related to making industry’s high temperature demands part of the green transition of the energy system. The research focuses on process integration options for heating and cooling demands in combination with efficient electrification using high-temperature vapor compression heat pumps. The PhD project is part of a collaboration project involving academic and industrial partners under the SuPrHeat project ( ). The work aims at providing means for optimal cycle configurations for the range of relevant temperature of heat demands and sources by use of natural refrigerants.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be involved in research focused on industrial process integration by applying and developing methods for integration between the process demands and advanced heat pump cycles for high temperature supply. In collaboration with other researchers, you will also contribute to a framework for providing a software solution for decision makers and system designers in the field of industrial heat pump systems. The work will be closely related to research in high-temperature heat pumps and demonstration of these in the production processes of the industrial partners in the project.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Conduct research on component-based and object-based modeling in modern modeling and simulation environments – including EES Engineering Equation Solver, Matlab and Python
  • Develop solutions for integration of models into larger model frameworks covering industrial process integration
  • Integrate models of advanced high-temperature heat pump system configurations for various refrigerants in process integration
  • Development of best-practice solutions for heat pump-based process heat supply for processes in the food sector, including slaughterhouses, dairy and brewery
  • Communicate and disseminate research results nationally and internationally to all relevant stakeholders
  • Participate in teaching and supervision of students at BSc and MSc levels.

The candidate is expected to have acquired knowledge in thermal engineering disciplines, industrial process integration and numerical modelling of systems as refrigeration and vapor compression heat pump cycles.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Brian Elmegaard, Department of Mechanical Engineering, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 May 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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