CIC energiGUNE is seeking for a young researcher to develop a PhD thesis in the field of advanced cooling systems for electronic components. The position is open within “Systems engineering and technology transfer” research group which, among other topics, investigates novel cooling/heat management solutions for electronics, power electronics or battery systems. This group is part of a complete and experimented research team ( and infrastructure ( devoted to materials and heat transfer intensification development to provide new knowledge and disruptive thermal solutions to the industry.

Cooling requirements in electronics are increasing significantly as new CPUs or GPUs are launched in the market. Nowadays, it is estimated that cooling power required in these components is around 100 W/cm2 while, in certain hotspots it may reach up to 500 W/cm2. These powers make, in most cases, traditional forced-air cooling systems useless to ensure an appropriate cooling of the main electronic components. One of the main constrains this type of systems presents is the need of evacuating this heat from very small surfaces (in the scale of few square millimeters). Taking this into account, high power cooling systems adapted to each system (from personal laptops to workstations or data centers) are required.

The selected candidate will work in the design, development and validation of novel cooling systems for electronics heat dissipation. The PhD thesis will lever up in three main pillars:

  • Development of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model to design ad-hoc and optimized cooling systems. ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS Icepak will be used for this purpose.
  • Construction of a specific test bench to validate the proposed cooling solutions and the proposed theoretical models.
  • Development of new heat exchanger concepts and/or new heat transfer fluids with improved thermal transport properties.



We are offering a predoctoral employment contract that covers the whole period of the thesis elaboration with a competitive salary within the category.

Access to a complete set of existing laboratory infrastructure and equipment, as well as to the needs identified during the project development to ensure a fruitful stay and the fullfilment of the objectives in due time.  

Integration in an enthusiastic and multidisciplinary young group with great projection and commitments with sustainability and research quality.

CIC energiGUNE is located close to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), in the heart of the Basque Country. The Basque Country is the region with the highest R&D investment in Spain, with more than 20.000 researchers. The basque research ecosystem comprises a solid and collaborating community composed of universitities, technology and cooperative research centers which leads the return per capita in the European H2020 programe.



All applicants are invited to submit their applications including a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and their academic records (one file) at this website.

 The selection process ends once the candidate is selected.

CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.


  • Master degree in Engineering or Physics with academic background on thermal management.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English.
  • A good team player who can collaborate with other scientists.
  • Highly motivated person.