Digitalisation for a sustainable industry – Chalmers is looking for 4 great PhD students


Join us in changing the future of industry

Across the world, industries, universities, and governments are working intensely to bring the benefits of the 4th industrial revolution to industry and society. Industry is also facing major climate challenges, where manufacturing will be a core key to new solutions. Chalmers is one of the leading universities in industrial digitalisation for sustainable manufacturing. We are now looking for four highly skilled and motivated PhD candidates for positions in the Division of Production Systems at Chalmers’ Department of Industrial and Materials Science.

The Division of Production Systems

The three research groups in the Division of Production Systems work with the future of sustainable and highly digitalised manufacturing systems. Typical areas for our research and education are: virtual and augmented reality in manufacturing; sustainability assessments; human collaboration with automation and robots; advanced robot programming and simulation; designing the future of human work in industry; training, reskilling, and life-long learning; maintenance, machine learning and artificial intelligence; and future connectivity for people and machines using 5G and other advanced communication technologies.

The Division of Production Systems is an international and gender-balanced group that strives for a high level of excellence and impact in science, industry, and society. We find many of our new ideas and solutions through lab collaboration with industry, for example in Stena Industry Innovation Lab.

Major responsibilities

You will be part of a joint group of PhD students within the Production Systems Division. The PhD process involves gradually narrowing your field of specialisation over the PhD years, based on your achievements.

You will work in collaboration with industry, but also across other departments at Chalmers and with other universities. You are expected to complete a PhD degree in 4 years, which can be extended to a maximum of 5 years, including academic/teaching service (<20%).

Your main tasks as a PhD student are to:

– Contribute to research projects (normally in collaboration with industry)
– Participate in PhD courses Publish research results in scientific journals
– Contribute to scientific conferences
– Contribute to courses within the scope of Production Systems
– Develop pedagogic skills and teaching experiences
– Develop a personal pedagogical portfolio

Position summary

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


The position requires a Master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in, for instance, mechanical engineering, production engineering, industrial design engineering, software engineering or similar, with a thesis project corresponding to at least half a year of study. Courses and/or a Master thesis projects in sustainability transition, simulation and computational methods, or other areas of direct relevance for the research are meritorious.

We look for a student that, in addition to having a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter, has a strong motivation and engagement, a cooperative mindset, analytical skills, communication skills and a passion to combine theory and practice. We expect the applicant to be quality conscious and have the ambition to take on responsibility to work independently and in collaboration with both academic and industrial partners towards set goals. The position requires full professional proficiency in English. You will also need to acquire Swedish proficiency within 2 years, Chalmers offers Swedish courses. Experience from multi-stakeholder interactions and industry experience are meritorious.

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

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190493 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
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

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: 20 Oktober, 2019

For questions, please contact:

Professor Johan Stahre,
Professor Björn Johansson,
Associate Professor Åsa Fast-Berglund,
Associate Professor Anders Skoogh,


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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