Postdoctoral Appointee – CFD Modeling of Industrial Burners

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, USA

Job posting number: #7254302 (Ref:418375)

Posted: June 12, 2024

Job Description

The Multi-Physics Computations group at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking to hire a postdoctoral appointee on the topic of industrial burner CFD modeling. The successful candidate will leverage high-performance computing (HPC) resources at the Laboratory to perform CFD simulations of complex industrial burner systems involving modeling of low-carbon fuel injection and mixing, turbulent combustion, heat transfer, combustion, and emissions.

The successful candidate’s research will involve synergistic collaborations within a multidisciplinary team comprised of fellow postdoctoral appointees and staff scientists with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) expertise, with the goal to enhance predictive capability and scalability of multi-scale and multi-physics simulation codes.

  • Develop accurate and computationally efficient CFD models and perform simulations of the entire chain of physics and chemistry involved with fuel-air mixing, turbulent combustion, heat transfer, and emissions of industrial burners.

  • Perform high-fidelity reacting simulations that involve both conventional and low-carbon fuels, with emphasis on hydrogen and alcohol-based bio-fuels.

  • Improve the computational efficiency and accuracy of physics-based and data-driven models for hydrogen/bio-fuel combustion in industrial burners.

  • Work as a part of a multidisciplinary team involving experimentalists, CFD experts, and computational scientists to enable cutting-edge CFD modeling & simulations on the next generation supercomputing architectures.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in mechanical/aerospace/industrial engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, or a related discipline earned no more than 3 years ago is required.

  • Experience in modeling and simulation of three-dimensional multiphase turbulent reacting flow applications using 3-D CFD codes (e.g., CONVERGE, OpenFOAM, Ansys Fluent, etc.).

  • Experience with modeling burners for industrial and/or residential applications.

  • Experience with modeling combustion of both gaseous (natural gas, hydrogen) and liquid (alcohols) low-carbon fuels.

  • Knowledge of industrial/residential burners operation.

  • The candidate must demonstrate good collaborative skills, including the ability to work well with other divisions, laboratories, and universities, and communication skills at all levels of the organization.

  • The successful candidate is expected to present and publish results in peer reviewed society technical reports and journal articles.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.

  • Ability to make our laboratory a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and accessible environment where all can thrive.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in modeling hydrogen/air flames for combustors/burners.

  • Experience in geometry manipulation with computer-aided design software.

  • Experience in carrying out research tasks with industry partners.

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaborative research.

  • Knowledge of multi-dimensional code development (in C++/C/Fortran) and parallel scientific computing.

  • Knowledge of deep machine learning (using TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc.) for multi-fidelity modeling, regression tasks, management and analysis of large datasets, and parallel scientific computing.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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