Deadline: 2015-03-31
Level Of Study: PhD

PhD Modeling and simulation of district heating with seasonal storage

This project focuses on energy-efficient and cost-effective utilization of renewable energy as well as industrial waste-heat for district heating through the use of large-scale, seasonal thermal storage solutions. The objective of the PhD project is to use and expand building energy simulation methods and software for robust optimization under uncertainty in view of design and operational support. A-state-of-the-art district heating system fed by industrial waste-heat and solar thermal energy and coupled to a large underground storage, situated in Chifeng city in Inner Mongolia, will be the project pilot demonstration. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Tsinghua University and Dutch and Chinese industry partners.

The research will be embedded in the Computational Building Performance Simulation (CBPS) group of the unit Building Physics & Services (BPS) in the Department of the Built Environment. Research and teaching in BPS aim to realize and maintain a sustainable, healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environment. The focus lies on physical aspects and processes including heat and mass transfer in the indoor and outdoor built environment, indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.

Job requirements

We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with an MSc degree in Architectural Engineering, Building Science, Building, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. Interest in physical processes (heat, air and moisture transfer) in the built environment, sustainable energy technologies and experience in computational building performance simulation is essential.
We offer a stimulating and ambitious research environment. To complement this environment and for the specific projects mentioned above, we are looking for outstanding candidates that meet the following requirements:
– You are highly motivated, talented and enthusiastic
– You have a relevant MSc degree as indicated above.
– You have an independent and well-structured working style
– You are interested in guiding master student
– You have strong communication skills and the attitude to participate successfully in a multidisciplinary team
-You have a very good knowledge of the English language, both in speaking and writing.

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Conditions of employment

The duration of PhD candidate positions is 4 years, the salary starts at €2.125,- gross per month in the first year increasing to €2.717,- gross per month in the fourth year. In addition, PhD candidates receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of the year allowance. Besides this, the TU/e has an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. Especially for PhD students the TU/e also offers opportunities for personal development. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education

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