PhD scholarship in Green Fuels for Sustainable Transport

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If you are establishing your career as scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you.

At DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of what is possible within the application of Green fuels for achieving Sustainable transports.

DTU Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Green Fuels, Power-to-X and Sustainable Propulsion. The student will be affiliated with the Section for Thermal Energy Systems at DTU and the NTU in Singapore through joint supervision set up.

The project aims to contribute to an overall sustainability assessment framework by providing modeling capability of the impact of green fuels´ on Emissions, Safety, Performance and Cost in Ship Propulsion in various standard applications like Container, Bulk and RoRo shipping over different operating profiles.

The section of Thermal Energy Systems works in close collaboration with a number of industrial and academic international partners in the field of optimization of energy conversion systems with focus on the green transition of the energy and transport system.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to develop a modeling framework for foreseeing the impact of introducing green fuels in the maritime sector on society.

The research work includes the numerical and experimental analyses of emissions, performance, safety and cost in shipping. You will assess different operating profiles and their impact on system output parameters.  If you have a passion for research and a broad mechanical engineering background, including knowledge about thermodynamics, experiments and modeling you may be the person we are looking for. You will become part of a leading international research team, and together with colleagues, you will get the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking research, ranging from detailed numerical analysis to experimental work. The results of your research will contribute to expand the use of renewable energy sources, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and mitigating climate change. You will get the chance to publish your work in top-level international scientific journals and at international conferences.

Examples of your responsibilities are the following:

  • Develop a modelling framework for lifecycle emissions, efficiency, cost and risk - The model shall be based on real life data, experiments or sub-models where data is currently missing or cannot be found/produced from experiments.
  • Analyse the effect of introducing different fuel alternatives in suitable applications on environment over typical usage scenarios.
  • Validate your numerical models based on the real operational results from a ship owner.
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects.

You must 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 Professor Anders Christiansen Erlandsson, e-mail:, phone: +45 9351 1457.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 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)

You may apply prior to obtaining your 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.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.