Theoretical Combustion Chemistry

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Theoretical Combustion Chemistry

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Theoretical Combustion Chemistry
The KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) is seeking a candidate for a postdoctoral research position to work with leading scientists in the development of detailed chemical kinetic models for transportation fuels. The candidate will use software tools to estimate thermodynamic and transport properties, develop reaction paths for new fuels, estimate rate constants using quantum chemistry tools, and validate chemical kinetic mechanisms by comparison to experimental data. The candidate will also support the development of a combustion cyberinfrastructure, and then use it to improve the predictive capabilities of models. The candidate will write technical papers and present his/her work at program reviews and technical conferences. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as in a research team. Depending on the candidate’s expertise, he/she may be expected to spend up to 30% traveling to technical conferences and visiting collaborators in the North America, Europe, and Asia.
- Develop new chemical kinetic mechanisms for hydrocarbon and alternative fuels. 
- Validate mechanisms by comparing computed results with the mechanism to experimental results for combustion devices such as rapid compression machines, HCCI engines, shock tubes, flow reactors, stirred reactors, premixed and non-premixed flames. 
- Support the development of PrIMe kinetics web portal to generate state of the art combustion models. 
- Use newly developed mechanisms to model combustion under gasoline, diesel, and jet engine conditions. 
- Work effectively with members of a research team, supporting staff and collaborators outside of KAUST, including colleagues at leading international combustion research groups. 
- Calculate thermochemical properties and reaction rate constants using computational chemistry tools. 
- Present work at working group meetings and conferences. 
- Run combustion codes on Linux and PC platforms. 
- Recent PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field. 
- Demonstrated knowledge of thermochemistry and chemical kinetics.
 - Experience with running computer codes on Linux and PC platforms. 
- Research experience in the area of combustion. 
- An understanding of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics of hydrocarbons and oxygenated fuels. 
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff. 
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by publication and presentation record.
- Experience with developing chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms. 
- Knowledge of the literature with respect to thermodynamic properties and rate constants. 
- Experience with uncertainty quantification 
- Experience in running the CHEMKIN code is an asset. 
- Experience in web-based programming (e.g., HTML5, XML) is of value.
- Experience with running the GAUSSIAN or other similar codes to compute thermodynamic parameters of species and reaction rate constants. 
- Experience and knowledge of experimental combustion devices like shock tubes, rapid compression machines, flow reactors, jet stirred reactors, premixed flames, diesel and HCCI engines.
- Experience with running mechanism reduction codes.
Salary: Highly competitive salary depending on qualification and seniority. No income tax is paid in Saudi Arabia. Other benefits: Free furnished housing, free health care (medical and dental), 30 days annual vacation, air transportation to KAUST and return after the end of contract.
Interested applicants should send (i) a detailed CV, (ii) contacts of three references, and (iii) authored research articles.
NOTE: This is a guaranteed two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. The position will remain open until filled, but the candidate is expected to join the team as soon as possible.
The Clean Combustion Research Center conducts basic and applied research in the field of combustion. Topics of interest include: fuel formulation, oxy-fuel combustion, chemical kinetics, carbon capture, turbulent combustion, laser diagnostics, soot formation, sprays, flame-based nanoparticle synthesis, turbulent aerosols, and novel combustion concepts. The CCRC research program synergistically combines experimental and computational approaches.
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