Assistant Professor in Heat Transfer with focus on Numerical Simulation of High-speed Combustion


Lund University, LTH,

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The Department of Energy Sciences at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in Heat Transfer with focus on numerical simulation of high-speed combustion.

Heat transfer with focus on numerical simulation of high-speed combustion.

Subject description
Numerical simulation of high-speed combustion and plasma-assisted combustion with application to gas turbines, ramjets, and rotating detonation engines.

Work duties
Employment as an Assistant Professor is a career development position, which aims for the holder to develop his or her independence as a researcher and educator. The work duties mainly involve research and teaching. The position shall include the opportunity for five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Work duties include:

  • Research in the field of numerical simulation of high-speed combustion and plasma-assisted combustion with application to gas turbine and ramjet engines.
  • Teaching at first- second-, and third cycles.
  • Supervision of master thesis projects and doctoral students.
  • Work with applying for external research funding.
  • Collaboration with business and society.
  • Administration linked to the tasks above.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to Assistant Professor requires that the applicant has a PhD, or acquired corresponding research expertise.

Priority should be given to applicants who have completed their degree or acquired the equivalent expertise no more than five years before the last date for applications.

Assessment criteria
For appointment to Assistant Professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience of compressible and reacting flow simulations with OpenFOAM or equivalent software.
  • Documented/demonstrated ability to cooperate with the surrounding community.
  • Documented/demonstrated ability to inform and report on one's research activities.

Other qualifications

  • Demonstrated potential to lead and develop operations.
  • Competence in compressible flow, gas dynamics, computational fluid mechanics, plasma physics and combustion, including mesh generation and visualization.
  • Experience of teaching in Swedish in fluid mechanics and/or heat transfer.
  • Documented ability to publish in highly ranked scientific journals.
  • Experience from research in industry and/or research in projects with large industrial collaboration
  • Experience of postdoctoral research in a research environment other than the university at which the applicant obtained their PhD.

Consideration will also be given to ability to cooperate, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research, education and innovation within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 6 years. The employment is regulated in accordance with Chapter 4 Section 12a§ HEA.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Promotion to Senior Lecturer in Heat Transfer with focus on Numerical Simulation of High-speed Combustion

During the period of employment, an Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if he or she has the required qualifications listed below, and is deemed suitable. An Assistant Professor can only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to Senior Lecturer requires that the applicant has:

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered. important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer: 

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Good ability to co-operate, independence and drive.
  • Progression in research and teaching expertise.
  • Ability to actively, independently seek and successfully acquire external funding.
  • Ability to contribute to renewal of the organization’s activities.
  • Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish.

We offer 
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.  Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University.

The Department of Energy Sciences conducts research into phenomena, mechanisms, components, processes, and systems with relevance to the energy sector. The research is based on modeling, numerical simulation, and experimental studies. The Division of heat transfer, where the position is located, focuses on single- and multi-phase flows in which thermal processes, such as classical heat transfer and/or exothermic chemical reactions, play a prominent role. The division is growing, and currently consists of around twenty researchers.

The assistant professor will conduct research in the area of numerical simulation of high-speed- and plasma-assisted combustion with application to gas turbines and jet engines, ramjet engines, and rotating detonation engines. This is motivated by the urgent need to reduce the climate impact from aviation, and power and electricity production. This can be accomplished by improving the performance and increasing the fuel flexibility of existing gas turbines and jet engines, as well as developing improved and more environmentally friendly engines and fuels for aviation and power generation. An additional motivation for the research is to increase our capacity for resilience through utilization of domestic raw materials. This research activity is supported by a five-year competence center funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (CESTAP), three four-year EU H2020 projects (MORE&LESS, MYTHOS and CircularFuels), an EDF project (NEUMANN), a VR project, a project funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, as well as several more applied industrial projects. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with experimental and other research in these projects.

Type of employmentTemporary position
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAs soon as possible
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100 %
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/489
  • Christer Fureby, 046-2220000
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
Last application date02.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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