Postdoctoral Appointee - Engine Modeling

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7071668 (Ref:409011)

Posted: October 29, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Appointee - Engine Modeling will perform Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) fuel spray and combustion processes using High-Performance Computing (HPC) tools. Develop two-phase flow models for coupling nozzle flow with spray simulations for both diesel and gasoline direct injections. Perform engine combustion system design and optimization on leadership-class supercomputing resources, improve and streamline the design optimization process. Use high-fidelity turbulence models to improve two-phase flow predictions. Incorporate state-of-the-art experimental measurements in improving the accuracy of two-phase flow models. 

The successful candidate’s research will involve synergetic collaborations with a multidisciplinary team involving engine modelers and experimentalists, and computational scientists to enhance the predictive capability of engine modeling codes.

  • Considerable knowledge of multi-dimensional code development (in Fortran/C/C++) for two-phase flow applications, design optimization techniques, turbulence modeling, internal combustion engine theory and operation, and parallel scientific computing is required.
  • Experience in running CONVERGE code is desired.
  • Understanding of turbulent combustion and spray modeling is desired.
  • Collaborative skills, including the ability to work well with other divisions, laboratories, and universities.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in mechanical/aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, or a related discipline.  
  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.  

What will put you ahead:

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaborative research is desirable. 

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements

Years Since Ph.D. -- 0-1, 1-2, 2-3    

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