Research Openings

Please contact Prof. Will Northrop at with questions regarding the following opportunities.

1) Advanced Fuel Pretreatment Natural Gas Engines (1 Position)

The University of Minnesota T.E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory has an opportunity for a post-doctoral associate to conduct experimental research in advanced fuel pretreatment technologies for natural gas engines. The research will be conducted under a new U.S. DOE-sponsored project. The goal of the proposed research program is to overcome the disadvantages of conventional NG engines by developing catalytic fuel pretreatment technology to control advanced low temperature compression ignition (LTCI) combustion. LTCI modes result in higher engine BTE through higher compression ratio combined with lean operation and lower heat loss. Applicants with experience in experimental engine research and catalytic reactor characterization/development are preferred.

2) Data Oriented Vehicle Powertrain Characterization (1 Position)

The advent of connected and automated hybrid electric vehicles has allowed increasing degrees of freedom for increasing efficiency and reducing emissions. Historical data logged from vehicles in combination with physics-based simulations can be used to optimize hybrid vehicles traveling along a specified route. A Ph.D. student is needed to participate in a collaboration with the Computer Science Department regarding routing and vehicle powertrain co-optimization. A student is sought with interests in data science and vehicle and engine data collection using micro-processor based controller. Experience with Python programming, Arduino/Raspberry Pi, and database software is desired.