Postdoc in Marine Structures on Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion


Information about tthe project and the division
You are hereby invited to apply for a postdoc position working on two research projects on wind-assisted ship propulsion (WASP). In both projects, different WASP concepts considered as candidates for commercial ships should be modelled and implemented in a ship energy systems model called ShipCLEAN developed on the division. The different WASP concepts should be evaluated using ShipCLEAN by prediction of the reduction in fuel consumption for different ship types, for vast number of ship operation conditions and voyages. Full-scale measurement data will be avaialble for validation of some of the WASP concepts. Hence, the successful candidate must have interest to do numercial modelling, simulations and analyses of large data-sets.

This postdoc position will be a part of the division of Marine Technology. The division carries out fundamental and applied research for enabling the development and improvement of marine technology. The division’s research is divided into four main areas: marine structures, hydrodynamics, safety and reliability, and maritime operations. Through our research we make propellers last longer and be quieter, we reduce the drag and improve the seakeeping properties of hulls, we design structures that perform better in collisions and require lower maintenance, we do all this and much more. All research activities are best presented through our core competences: renewable energy, energy efficiency, structural integrity, hydrodynamics, ship design, safety and reliability, propulsion systems, wave dynamics, and numerical methods. The Division of Marine Technology currently has a staff of 34 persons whereof 7 are faculty members, 1 is assistant professor, 3 are postdocs, 13 are PhD students, 5 are industrial PhD students, and the other 5 are working as project assistants and on adjunct positions.

The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) conducts fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport to achieve sustainable technological solutions. It offers and contributes to bachelor and master programs in areas such as Shipping, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, to mention a few. The department continuously strives to establish and develop collaboration between academia, industry, and society, for improved knowledge transfer in both directions. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world class education. M2 consists of seven divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as postdoc is to contribute and partly lead the research work in two ongoing research projects on WASP funded by EU and Chalmers Foundation. This includes developing new numerical simulation models, carry out numerical simulations, analysis of large data-sets of measurement data, project planning and writing technical reports to the project, and writing scientific journal papers and present the work on international conferences. 

The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master’s levels as well as supervising master’s and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment with a time limited to a maximum of 2 years. You will be employed by Chalmers and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements.

PhD degree in Shipping and Marine Technology, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering or similar. The degree should generally not be older than three years. The doctoral thesis should be within the research area ship energy systems modelling, ship performance analysis or similar. The position requires good oral and written communication skills in English.

You are expected to take initiatives, work independently when needed and to take responsibility for your work. Further, the project interacts closely with adjacent disciplines and industry. Thus you need to have high collaborative skills. Finally, you need to be able to disseminate results and knowledge within existing and new networks. This includes academia, industry and society at large.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200153 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 19 June 2020

For questions, please contact:
(Head of division) Professor Jonas Ringsberg, Division of Marine Technology,, +46-(0)76-1191406


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 six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, 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 Friday June 19th, 2020