The Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture is the leading educational and research institution in its field in Central Switzerland. The School offers practical bachelor's and master's degree programs and a variety of continuing and executive education programs, and also carries out applied research and development. It is one of six schools making up the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with its 1,800 plus staff and around 11,500 degree and continuing education students.
At the Competence Center Thermal Energy Systems and Process Engineering CCTEVT (www.hslu.ch/tevt
) in the Lucerne School of Engineering & Architecture, we specialize in practice-oriented research and development in the field of energy and process engineering. With around 30 scientists and engineers, we work on projects ranging from basic research to services. However, the focus is on applied research and development in cooperation with partners from industry. Our core competencies include process integration and process simulation, the holistic development and optimization of complex thermal energy systems, industrial processes and products, experiments in large-scale and laboratories, and in-depth data analysis of field measurements. Key tasks of our research group include decarbonization and improving energy efficiency of industrial processes, and integration of renewables in heating and cooling of the Swiss industry.
Industry is considered as a sector that is "hard to decarbonize". While this particularly applies to high-temperature processes, there is an unexploited potential for industrial processes operated at low to medium temperature levels (up to 200°C). Considering that approximately two thirds of all process heat in Switzerland is required at temperatures below 200°C, industry decarbonization by electrification of heat supply up to 200°C (using heat pumps) is an energetically convincing concept, especially when combined with heat integration (i.e. Pinch Analysis), heat storage and renewable energy use (renewable electricity and other renewables).
To strengthen our ambitious team, we are looking for a PhD student to join us in 2023 to help answer the research question of how deep decarbonization of manufacturing industry (without high-temperature processes) can be achieved by electrification of existing plants at lowest possible cost and in a safe and resilient manner, considering local conditions by means of both optimized design and optimized operational strategies. As an essential constraint, we assume electrification of the heat supply as a retrofit measure in existing plants (brownfield), and therefore consider typical constraints encountered is such a context.
PhD position in Engineering (70%)
- Research within the framework of a PhD thesis conducted as a PhD candidate enrolled into the doctoral school at a university (to be defined)
- Develop new methods and tools allowing to design retrofitted processes for existing industrial sites
- Identify opportunities of direct and indirect heat integration, heat storage, heat pump, and utilization of renewable energy sources
- Analyze trade-offs between energy optimization and costs need to be considered that are bound by constraints encountered in real systems
- Document of developed methods and their implementation
- Publish in recognized journals and present at national and international conferences
- Conduct research and communicate findings with project partners from the University of Geneva and the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
- Completed Master's degree preferably in chemical engineering, process engineering, energy engineering or a related field
- Must be able to combine thorough technical understanding with economic assessment and broader aspects of the energy transition.
- Knowledge in the areas of system analysis, Process Integration and Pinch Analysis are clear advantages
- Experience with programming (e.g. Python) for simulation is expected
- Knowledge in optimization is an advantage
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required, German is a plus
- Project management and presentation skills as well as ability to quickly become familiar with new topics are required
- Enthusiastic about energy topics and are able to develop new ideas and tackling complex problems
- Must be a team player and be open-minded to ideas and feedbacks
In the PhD-program, HSLU students are hired as scientific assistants with a salary according to Swiss National Fund PhD positions. The place of employment is Lucerne, but it is expected that the candidate enrolls at a PhD-granting university according to the requirements of doctoral courses and thesis supervision. We offer a stimulating working environment, and a professional environment with excellent infrastructure. You will have the opportunity to develop yourself, contribute your own ideas and position yourself nationally and internationally in your field of research. The place of work is on our campus in an attractive location in Horw/Lucerne with direct public transport connections. The scope of work, working hours and place of work can be flexibly arranged (individual target and performance agreements, home office) to ensure a high degree of compatibility between work and personal commitments.
Has this position aroused your interest? For further information or your application, please contact Prof. Dr. Beat Wellig, Head of the Research Group, E-Mail Write an email