Two PhD Positions in Fluid Mechanics in the Field of Hydropower

Lulea University of Technology
Lulea, Sweden
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Ref 602-2019

The Division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics within the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) conducts research and teaching in the field of hydropower.  Hydropower is the largest source of renewable energies in the world and accounts for about 17% of the electricity production worldwide. It is facing new technical challenges with the introduction of intermittent renewable energy resources, refurbishment of aging machines, adapting to the climate changes and satisfying new regulations.

The Division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics offers two PhD positions in the subject fluid mechanics with application to hydraulic turbines. The positions are part of a larger European project with participants from Spain, Norway and Sweden. 

Subject description

The subject fluid mechanics works with turbulent, multiphase and porous flow coupled to industrial manufacturing methods, flow optimization and flow design for energy applications as well as magneto-hydrodynamic.

The Division has via the John Field Laboratory access to state of the art measurement methods and large computational resources.


The project aims to develop a novel technique to mitigate the pressure pulsations arising in hydraulic turbines at certain operating conditions. Both numerical and experimental investigations will be performed at different scales: from the laboratory to full-scale machine’s scales.

Both PhD positions deal with numerical simulations and stability analysis of the flow in hydraulic turbines. They may also contain experimental investigations based on the chosen candidate’s skills and interest.

The project may imply measurements at different facilities in Sweden and Norway where longer visits are planned to perform the measurements. The Ph.D. positions are four years. Some teaching and subject related responsibility may be included.


Applicants should have 300 credits in engineering physics, mechanical engineering, space technology, energy technology or equivalent of which 60 credits at the advanced level with several courses linked to fluid mechanics. Applicants should also have a good knowledge of both spoken and written English. Knowledge in fluid numerical simulations, stability analysis, experimental fluid mechanics, hydraulic turbines, turbine model testing, prototype testing and vortex flows is a merit.

See also; Study plans for postgraduate education in fluid mechanics

Our research group consists mostly of men why we are happy to see female applicant. Provided that the qualifications are otherwise equal, the underrepresented gender will be given precedence.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


For questions concerning the project you are welcome to contact Professor Michel Cervantes, +46 920-49 3014, e-mail, 

For questions concerning the Division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics please contact Professor Staffan Lundström, +46 920-49 2392, e-mail, 

Union representatives:
SACO-S Christer Gardelli, 0920-49 1809     
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792   

The Luleå University of Technology works actively with gender equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study and work environment. The university's values are based on respect, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.


Please apply for the positions by clicking on the application button below and attach your cover letter, CV/resume and copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application must be written in English or Swedish. Diplomas must be verified and translated to English or Swedish. Please mark your application with the reference number below.