Junior Research Professor in the Modelling of Energy Systems and Complex Flow Phenomena through CFD Simulation

Junior Research Professor in the Modelling of Energy Systems and Complex Flow Phenomena through CFD Simulation

(Tenure Track ZAPBOF)

University of Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

Position

As a member of the senior academic staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, services and education. Your role may also include organisational and managerial aspects. As a research professor, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in the educational programmes for a maximum of 10 years.

The research group EMIB (Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings) of the Faculty of Applied Engineering is a strong multi-disciplinary team which focuses on two specific domains: 1. material use and road infrastructure (RERS: road engineering research section) and 2. energy systems in the built environment (BiRD: Buildings, Installations: Retrofit and Design).

The latter group is known for its expertise on comfort installations and thermal energy grids in the built environment. Together with its large industrial network, including amongst others own spin-offs (HySopt) and larger international players (Autodesk, Beckhoff, BDR Thermea, Aalberts, …), it is able to translate its research towards valorisation.

Besides experimental work with respect to prototype testing of HVAC-components in the lab, the group focuses on modelling and design optimization of energy systems in buildings, in which a multidisciplinary approach is deployed:

  • Thermal and hydraulic system modelling;
  • Building physics, user behaviour and comfort modelling;
  • Socio-economic modelling and life-cycle assessment

Research

  • You expand high-quality scientific research in the modelling of energy systems and complex flow phenomena through CFD-simulation, with a specific interest in at least one of the following areas:
    • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning;
    • Complex flow phenomena in ducts and pipes (two-phase flow, slug flow, pollution and gas dispersion…);
    • Water, steam and/or gas distribution networks;
    • Thermo-acoustic comfort;
    • Your CFD-expertise is highly complementary and a clear added value to the present research activities in the research group. As such, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research, while profiting from both the support of the current team members and the collaboration with the other senior academic staff members in the research group, the faculty and the university at large.
  • You initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects. You also participate in ongoing research programmes;
  • You acquire and manage national and international research funding;
  • You publish in international journals and specialist literature;
  • You develop an international scientific network;
  • You supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

Services

You play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. You participate in student recruitment, boards and committees, popular science communication, and so on.

Education

  • You provide high-quality education;
  • Your limited teaching role evolves along with the study programmes. You will supervise bachelor’s and master’s theses in your domain. In addition, your teaching assignment may in time include a course such as 4-Applied Fluid Mechanics (2nd year of the bachelor’s programme, 3 ECTS);
  • You play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.

Organisation and leadership

  • You accept coordinating responsibilities in the core tasks of research, services and/or education and you contribute to policy.
  • Your leadership style is motivating and coaching. You are attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.

Profile

  • You hold a PhD in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry;
  • You can demonstrate a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience (when you start work, at the latest);
  • You have an international academic portfolio and you conduct high-quality academic research;
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies;
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities available;
  • If you do not master Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch within five years after your appointment. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a course unit coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members on an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations;
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills;
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

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