PhD student position in Operational Network Energy Management for Electrified buses

Information about the research
At the department of Electrical Engineering research and education are performed in the areas of Communication and Antenna systems, Systems and Control, Computer vision, Signal processing and Biomedical engineering, and Electric Power Engineering. Our knowledge is of use everywhere where there is advanced technology with integrated electronics. We work with challenges for a sustainable future in society of today, for example in the growing demands concerning efficient systems for communications and electrifying. We offer a dynamic and international work environment with about 200 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society. The Department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs Systems, Control and Mechatronics”, ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, and ”Communication Engineering”.


We invite applications for one doctoral position (placed in the Automatic Control Group) on developing scalable, real-time implementable methods for optimizing the energy efficiency of a swarm of electrified vehicles, such as buses. Join us and be one of the first one to improve public transport network homogeneity and optimize powertrain control at the same time. The project will initially focus on designing intelligent algorithms for the public transport in Gothenburg, for which large amount of data on city bus driving has already been recorded. One of the tasks is to investigate and propose an appropriate level of model abstractions and control decomposition into multiple layers that allow a real-time implementable solution. Besides first principle modeling, such solution may also require approximations and reinformance learning techniques that make use of the big data already available.

Major responsibilities
Your main responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. The major part (at least 80%) will be spent on graduate studies out of which 75% is research and approximately 25% graduate courses. You are expected  to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and MSc level, or performing other department duties corresponding to a maximum of 20 percent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree in a relevant field such as control, mathematics, electrical, mechanical, transportation, or engineering physics. Your educational background should cover courses on modeling, basic control course and should have some understanding on optimization and learning algorithms. Ability to initiate new research collaborations is essential. Good communication skills in oral and written English are required.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180418 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 5 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Balazs Kulcsar, (
Division of Systems and Control Tel.: +46 31 772 1785

Nikolce Murgovski (
Division of Systems and Control. Tel.: +46 31 772 4800

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!



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Post expires on Wednesday September 5th, 2018