Project researcher (Ph.D Student) in Combustion modeling and control

At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching and tackles the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. We are seeking tomorrow's solutions in our focus areas of management and change, energy and sustainable development, and finance and economic decision-making. Faculty-specific research is complemented by our phenomenon-based research platforms.


Combustion engine research at UniVaasa is focused on advanced energy concepts and alternative fuels. We have a special focus on large bore-marine and stationary engines, for which we have unique, state of the art, research facilities at Vaasa Energy Business Innovation center (VEBIC). In close collaboration with industry, we are transforming the energy sector by bringing cutting-edge technology to real world application. We welcome you to join one of the most fascinating energy innovation centers in the Nordic region as a Project researcher in combustion modeling and control. For more information about the facilities see:  

You will be a part of an international team working in multiple challenging projects, at the forefront of research and development of novel combustion engine technologies. The focus is on model-based development of reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) engine platform employing innovative hardware and control functionalities. Our goal is to have an ultra-efficient, large-bore gas engine meeting restrictive China II emission norms demonstrated in relevant environment by 2024. The position involves developing control-oriented combustion models that are an enabler for this goal. You will also be supporting the development of project proposals in your field attracting new funding opportunities. 

The position is located in the School of Technology and Innovations with a connection in research to the research platform VEBIC. 


  • You have a master’s degree in a relevant field. For example mechanical engineering, with a specialisation in combustion engines. Domain knowledge (maritime and energy generation) is not essential.
  • You are able to utilize, develop and (or) integrate different modelling and simulation tools. Therefore, extensive familiarity with environments such as MATLAB/Simulink, GT-Power, C/C++ etc. is highly desired. Experience in CFD simulation environments can be a benefit.
  • In addition to the toolchain experience, you should have a basic knowledge on control or some practical experience with combustion engine tests. 
  • Very good analytical skills in addition to good academic writing skills, is highly advantageous for your candidature. Publication in high quality journals and taking part in conferences or projects, on the topics related to the position, is an additional advantage. 
  • You enjoy developing innovative solutions to technically challenging problems and have the right mix of intellectual curiosity and practical pragmatism. 
  • You have good communication skills, strong written & spoken English language skills and you enjoy working both independently and as a part of a team. You are open to share your knowledge with colleagues and ambitious to develop yourself as a researcher.


We offer a great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, mentoring and international internships. The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff this position is placed on the job demands levels 2-4. 

This position is offered for 1 year with an option for extension towards a full PhD –student’s position.  To be eligible for a full PhD position, the candidate is required to participate in a separate application process which is arranged twice a year in order to be admitted and enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Vaasa.  For more information about eligibility and the application process, please visit the Graduate School's website:

The candidate is expected to start in September 2019, or at earliest possible date mutually agreed between both parties. 



Applications must be submitted through the University's online application form in English ("Leave an application" -button below). The closing date for applications is midnight 15 August 2019 (Finnish time, GMT +3). 

Your application should include a single-page cover letter describing your motivation for this topic of research, short curriculum vitae (CV), and transcript of study records in a PDF format. 

Due to the summer holidays in July, please note that there may be a delay in replies.  

The coastal city of Vaasa is a trendy and international centre of culture, education and tourism in Western Finland, with nearly 70,000 inhabitants. Vaasa is host to the Nordic countries' most significant centre of excellence in sustainable technology and energy solutions. Its leading exporters' and subcontractors' accumulated turnover of more than EUR 4 billion accounts for 30% of Finland's energy technology exports and employs 11,000 experts. 

Applying starts: 2019-06-25 13:00Applying ends: 2019-08-15 23:59