Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Energy and Environmental Engineering

Ref 2019/0848

At Mälardalen University people meet who want to develop themselves and the future. Our 15 000 students read courses and study programmes in Business, Health, Engineering and Education. We conduct research within all areas of education and have internationally outstanding research in future energy and embedded systems. Our close cooperation with the private and public sectors enables us at MDH to help people feel better and the earth to last longer. Mälardalen University is located on both sides of Lake Mälaren with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås.

At the School of Business, Society and Engineering our students are studying to be for example Bachelors or Masters of Engineering, political scientists and business administrators. Here we have the research specialisations of Industrial Engineering and Management, and Future Energy. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Full time,100%
Closing date for application: 2019-04-15
Campus location: Västeras
School: School of Business, Society and Engineering, (EST)

Position description

The School of Business, Society and Engineering is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in energy and environmental engineering. The position involves working within the research specialization Future Energy Center (FEC). The work is part of the research activities conducted in experimental measurements in fluid mechanics and heat transfer under the DYNOP and DigiBoil projects at FEC.

The DYNOP project focuses on the development of an integrated control system which will combine the measurement of the quality of the biomass brought into the conversion process, and multivariable control using a process model. An efficient diagnostics system will also reduce maintenance cost and time. If the models can be adapted in a controlled way and combine different Artificial Intelligence functions and process optimization adjustment for different conditions, this will result in significant benefits, such as the reduction of waste of chemicals, energy, and raw material due to poor control. This can also lead to the achievement of better treatment results, which will limit pollutant emissions to the environment. In the DYNOP project the work will focus on the development of a system for reduction of NOx emissions using ammonia injection in a power boiler. The work will combine numerical modelling and experimental tests on site.

The objective of the DigiBoil project is to develop computational models that will enable the prediction of boiling heat transfer in complex energy systems and improve the understanding of the underlying physical phenomena. This in turn will reduce the energy consumption and the overall negative impact on the environment. The developed models will be used to build a simulation system where complex and large applications can be addressed. Within the DigiBoil project, the work will focus on the experimental investigation of boiling heat transfer in a purpose-built experimental facility, and the analysis of experimental results.

A large part of the work will be done at – or in close contact with – several partner organizations. The successful candidate is therefore expected to have a good engineering background with profound skills in experimental measurements and modelling tools and be able to interact effectively with partner research institutes, industry, colleagues and other stakeholders. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to take initiatives, develop own ideas and work independently, as well as take responsibility for the work. As the project interacts closely with other researchers and industrial partners, the applicant needs to have high collaborative skills.

The position may also include teaching in courses related to energy and/ or environmental engineering.

The position is a temporary employment of 2 years.

More information on DYNOP:

More information on DigiBoil:


The applicant is required to have a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering.

To qualify for the appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow, you should have received a PhD and shown research and pedagogical skills within the subject area. Further reference is made to the Higher Education Ordinance section 4 and Appointments Procedure for teachers at Mälardalen University.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.

Assessment criteria

The school will select the most suitable candidate for this position following a combined evaluation of competence and skills, in addition to documented qualifications. Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. Personal suitability will be judged in relation to the candidate’s capacity to effectively carry out the research work in this area, to integrate and contribute to a positive development of the research environment at MDH, as well as deliver value to the our partner organizations.

In general terms the assessment criteria shall be based on the ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to fulfil the duties well.

MDH continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at MDH. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.


You are open-minded and interested in collaborating across borders within and outside MDH. Interest in and experience research as well as a post-doctoral or equivalent stay at an institution other than the one where your PhD was awarded are considered merits. Teamwork, leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills are advantages. 

Further merits for the position are:

  • Experience in experimental measurements in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  •  Experience on numerical modelling in the areas of fluid mechanics (CFD), heat transfer, process engineering.
  • Experience and interest in interaction with various international partner organizations and professional management and cooperation, including representing MDH at project meetings abroad.
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and/or interest in programming languages and modeling and analysis tools such as C++, Python, Fortran Open Modelica, and/or Matlab.
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and interest in using and developing open-source software.
  • Experience in teaching at the university level in energy engineering and/or mechanical engineering.
  • Ability to collaborate with other researchers as well as work independently.
  •  Curious, goal-oriented, flexible, ambitious, and communicative personality.
  •  Interest in developing methods and bringing them into different application areas.

A substantial part of the research conducted at MDH is externally funded. Experience from coordinating applications for, and working in, externally-funded projects is therefore of high merit. You should have a good number of peer-reviewed articles within the stated areas published at leading conferences and highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals.


Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the “Apply” button below.

The scientific publications that you do not have in digital form are to be sent by post to:

Mälardalen University
Division of Human Resources 2019/0848
Box 883
721 23 Västerås

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

We look forward to receiving your application.

We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.

Contact person

Konstantinos Kyprianidis, Prof. and Research Track Leader, +46 (0) 73 270 8897,

Ioanna Aslanidou, DYNOP project leader, +46 (0)73 662 0951,

Rebei Bel Fdhila, Prof. and Digi-Boil project leader, +46 (0)70 668 5004,

Susanne Meijer, Facklig representant (OFR), 021-10 14 89, Michaël Le Duc

Facklig representant SACO, 021-10 14 02

Read the job description at the university hoempage


Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019