A Ph.D. student fellowship is available in the field of computational modelling
of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The project is sponsored by a fuel cell
manufacturer. The student will work on the development of the open-source
polymer electrolyte fuel cell simulation framework, openFCST (see
http://www.openfcst.mece.ualberta.ca/). The analysis framework is developed in
C++ and uses the deal.II finite element numerical libraries extensively. Our
research group has been developing the framework for several years and we would
now like to include parallel algorithms and to introduce a transient two-phase
flow model into the framework.
The position is in the Energy Systems Design Laboratory in the Mechanical
Engineering Department at the University of Alberta (One of the top research
intensive universities in Canada). Dr. Secanell would supervise the research in
collaboration with our industrial partner.
Applicants should have earned an M.Sc. in either Mechanical/Chemical Engineering
or Applied Mathematics in the last two years; should have experience in finite
elements, deal.II and programming in C++; should have strong English
communication and writing skills; and, should be ready to work in a team.
If you are interested, please email your detailed CV to email@example.com
along with your most significant journal/conference publication.
For more information about the research laboratory please visit to:
Dr. Marc Secanell
About the University of Alberta
Founded in 1908, University of Alberta is one of Canada's foremost research-
intensive universities with an operating budget of over one billion dollars
annually; external research funding is approximately $500 million per year. The
University has about 37,000 students at BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. The Faculty of
Engineering is among the top 5% in size in North America with over 4,000
undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. The Department of Mechanical
Engineering has more than 750 undergraduate and over 250 graduate students. For
more information see the Department of Mechanical Engineering website.
About the City of Edmonton
The Greater Edmonton area has a population of over one million people and offers
a diverse array of cultural and sporting activities year round, which has earned
Edmonton the nickname of Festival City. Edmonton is an international city, as
evident by over seventy cultures from all over the world that were represented
in the recent annual Heritage Festival. Edmonton's cost of living is competitive
and favourable when compared with other major cities in Canada. Edmonton is only
few hours from the Rocky Mountains and Jasper and Banff National Parks, which
offer some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, and camping in the
world. The University is located centrally on the banks of the North
Saskatchewan River near downtown Edmonton.