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Ph.D. in Computational Plasma Flows for Energy Applications
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Date Posted Jan. 2, 2024
Title Ph.D. in Computational Plasma Flows for Energy Applications
University University of Massachusetts, Lowell More About This Institution...
Lowell, MA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 17, 2024
Position Start Date Aug. 23, 2024
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics

Ph.D. in Computational Plasma Flows for Energy Applications

A future based in renewable electricity requires electric power to be channeled to produce the reactivity that drives society. Plasmas – electrically-conducting gases formed by electrical discharges – are ideal means to produce such reactivity, as amply exploited in applications in materials and chemical manufacturing, environmental remediation, bioengineering and medicine, and especially sustainable energy. Particularly, plasma-based approaches are being actively devised for energy-related solutions such as the synthesis of hydrogen and ammonia as carbon-free energy carriers and the conversion of carbon dioxide and methane into added-value products. The devising of these technological solutions requires the computational modeling and simulation of plasma flows often involving multiple scales, multi-phase interactions, and multi-physics couplings.

We invite applications for up to two Ph.D. research assistantship positions in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles, The assistantships include complete tuition and fees waivers and graduate student stipends.



  1. M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or closely related areas.
  2. Experience in the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  3. Good English writing and oral communication skills.


Desired Experience:

  1. Plasma and/or reacting flows (combustion, chemical kinetics, etc.).
  2. Multi-physics problems.
  3. Programming in C++/C.
  4. High performance computing (Linux/Unix, profilers, parallel processing).


To Apply:

Interested applicants should send as a single PDF document to: containing:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Transcripts.
  3. Relevant publications, professional (journal articles, conference proceedings) or academic (project reports, academic thesis).

Successful applicants will be directed to apply to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ( or the Graduate Program in Energy Engineering ( Prof. Trelles will arrange the waiving of application fees. Submissions will be reviewed promptly and will proceed until February 17, 2024.


About Lowell and UMass Lowell:

The city of Lowell is located at a 30-minute ride from Boston, in the high-tech region of Massachusetts in the U.S. northeast coast. Lowell is among the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States, has a rich history as the cradle of the industrial revolution, and its downtown area is a U.S. National Historical Park. More information about the city of Lowell, please visit:

UMass Lowell has a distinguished reputation in science and engineering and is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting high-quality research. UMass Lowell is a Carnegie Doctoral High Research university and is ranked in the top tier of the US News and World Report's national university ranking.

  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    UMass Lowell, Mechanical Engineering
    One University Avenue
    Lowell, MA 01854
  • +1 (978) 934-4973


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