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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for
Doctoral Candidate in Numerical Simulation of Fire Spreading on Electrical Cables
The Department of Civil Engineering is seeking an outstanding Doctoral Candidate for research on numerical simulation of fire spreading on solid fuels. The doctoral candidate position is available in the Fire Safety Engineering group. For more information of the research and teaching at the department, go to http://civileng.aalto.fi/en/. More information on the Fire Safety Engineering group activities at http://blogs.aalto.fi/fire.
Development of the computational capability for the predictive simulations of fire spreading on solid fuels is the most challenging and important topic of fire science. The simulations require simultaneous solution of equations describing multi-physics phenomena, such as solid pyrolysis and fluid flow, in multiple scales, ranging from heat conduction in solid objects to room scale fire environment. Previous research has focused on models describing the solid pyrolysis and room scale fires using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
The candidate will investigate the simulation of heat transfer from flames to solid objects. Using the recently developed methodology for flame heat flux calculation on coarse numerical resolutions, the simulations of large fires on polymeric surfaces, namely electrical cable materials, are foreseen. The work includes programming of computational algorithms into an open-source CFD code and systematic verification and validation studies. The research project is related to the fire safety of nuclear installations in the context of the Finnish SAFIR2020 and OECD PRISME3 –programs.
Required background: The candidate should have an MSc degree in physics or mechanical engineering (heat transfer, fluid mechanics, combustion), with excellent or very good grades.
Expected skills and knowledge: Programming skills and the knowledge of computational techniques and numerical method in general are essential requirements. Capability to collaborate in an international research community with English language is also needed.
Contract and salary
The doctoral candidate position is contract-based; one year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extensions for a period of three years depending on the achievements during the first contractual period and on an admission to do postgraduate studies in the School of Engineering.
In a maximum of four years, the doctoral candidate is required to 1) complete the doctoral dissertation, 2) finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits and 3) participate in teaching. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/Admission+requirements
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities.
For more information
For further details, please contact Associate Professor Simo Hostikka and for further information regarding the recruitment process, contact HR Coordinator Pihla Porvari. Emails: [email protected]
How to apply
The applications for the doctoral candidate position are to be submitted through eRecruitment System (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than December 19, 2018. Potential and interested candidates are encouraged to contact us even if they are still finishing their MSc degrees, as the starting time is flexible.
Required application documents:
- A motivation letter
- A certified copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English. (Minimum average grading requirements: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply)
- A summary of the master thesis and accounts for suitability of the candidate for this doctoral candidate position. Maximum one A4 page is allowed for the document.
- Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them. (Language skill proof requirements: https://into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoraleng/How+to+apply)
- A list of publications, if any
All material should be submitted in English and in PDF format.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.