Post-doctoral Position in Combustion Dynamics of Ammonia/H2 Mixtures

Trondheim, Norway
20 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2018
IV- 8/18
Contract Type
Full Time


Post-doctoral position in gas turbine combustion of ammonia/H2 mixtures is available at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) within the Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Energy research groups. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the Climit program, as well as industrial partner Statoil and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB in Sweden. The work will be conducted as part of the BIGH2 III project lead by Sintef Energy.

State-of-the-art gas turbine power plants and off-shore installations are efficient, complex machines optimised to burn natural gas usually at constant load. However, they have the potential to be both fuel flexible and operationally flexible. The effects of carbon free fuels relevant to CCS applications, such as ammonia-hydrogen mixtures or pure hydrogen, on the combustion characteristics and operational stability has not yet been thoroughly explored.  You will join an active research group in gas turbine combustion and combustion modelling. Research into stability and thermoacoustics will be conducted under supervision of Professors Nicholas Worth, Jonas Moeck and James Dawson. The BIGH2 III project also includes a PhD student in the topic of combustion instabilities and another post-doctoral position will work under Professor Terese Løvås focusing on combustion modelling and chemical kinetics of ammonia/H2 mixtures. The research will be carried out in close collaborate with Drs Andrea Gruber and Mario Diteranto of Sintef energy.

As an experienced researcher, you will take a leading role in a research project that will include a PhD student with a focus on the effect of fuel flexibility on combustion instabilities in annular combustors and be involved in meetings with the entire project team. The research will be undertaken in a new combustion laboratory for fundamental and applied research in gas turbine combustion and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including instrumentation, data acquisition and high-speed imaging and laser diagnostics.

You will primarily work on hydrogen/ammonia mixtures using optical experimental combustion facilities including an atmospheric annular combustor, multiple flame rigs, a pressurised annular combustor and a 10 bar pressurised facility (HiPROX owned and operated by Sintef). The primary aim of the project is to identify whether hydrogen/ammonia mixtures can act as a surrogate fuel. The work will primarily focus on characterising the combustion properties of hydrogen/ammonia mixtures to identify mixtures that show similar properties to methane over a range of pressures.


The successful candidate;

  • Completed or be very near completion of a PhD in a subject in combustion or fluid mechanics
  • Ideally have experience in advanced measurement methods and laser diagnostics.
  • Some experience with pressurised combustion systems is advantageous.  
  • Expected to have a good publication record based on their career to date.
  • A strong proficiency in one or more computing languages such as Matlab, Maple, Fortran, or C etc. is essential.


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 485,700 per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

The Postdoctoral fellowship is awarded for 2 years.

Start date as soon as possible.

For further information please contact:
Professor James Dawson, or Associate Professor. Nicholas Worth,

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNU´s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, copies of transcripts and two reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage. 

Mark the application with IV- 8/18.

Application deadline is 15th February 2018

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About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 146869
  • Internal ID 2018/2025
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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