PhD student position in electromobility: Design of electrical motors for cars

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

We are looking for a PhD student who wants to contribute to the transition to a sustainable transport system. The position is at the division of Electricity, department of Electrical Engineering, at the Ångström laboratory.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas – renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

Project description: The energy transition in Sweden causes a large change for the transport sector as transports become more and more electrified. This PhD project aims at developing new simulation methods for modeling electric motors and thus contribute to the electrification of the transport sector. Both FEM-based Multiphysics simulations and programming in MATLAB or other programming language will be included as well as some experimental work. The goal is to reduce the total losses in the electric motor and thus also the total energy use.

This project is an associated project to the Swedish Electromobility Centre, a national Centre of Excellence for e-mobility with partners from Swedish universities and Swedish industries. This means that the PhD student will belong to a PhD student network with regular meetings, summer schools etc. and will have the possibility to network with Swedish industry in the area of electromobility. One of the goals of the center is to provide the industry with research educated staff for their research departments, so the job possibilities after this PhD project is expected to be very good.

The research group at Uppsala University has a long experience of research on different types of electrical machines as well as a large laboratory. We offer an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors and the research group consists of several senior researchers and doctoral students who work with electrical machines and modeling. A collaborative project with one of the doctoral students in the group is already planned as part of the project.

Duties: The work will mainly be carried out by programming and FEM-based multiphysics simulations, and also includes performing experiments. The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which include participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%). The teaching will probably be held in Swedish.

Employment benefits: As an employee at Uppsala University, you are given wellness compensation for your health and a leading research environment, Read more here. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.

Employment as a doctoral student are four years full-time studies with the possibility of extension for special reasons. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelines Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.


  • A master degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, engineering physics, energy systems or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • You should have a strong motivation and be able to work effectively both individually and in a team.

Merits: Experience from FEM-based simulations in for example Comsol or Ansys Maxwell is a merit. It is also a merit with knowledge of electrical machines as well as experimental experience. Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish is considered a merit.

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: To be agreed on.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Sandra Eriksson,

Please submit your application by 18th of August 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2509.

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Placement: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2509

Last application date: 2021-08-18

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