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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”.

Read more at www.chalmers.se/en/departments/e2

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.

Qualifications
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, (kulcsar@chalmers.se)
Division of Systems and Control Tel.: +46 31 772 1785

Nikolce Murgovski (nikolce.murgovski@chalmers.se)
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

Postdoctoral position in High temperature corrosion of additive manufacturing materials

Department of Physics at Chalmers – home of the Graphene Flagship

Stimulated by major needs and challenges in science and a sustainable society, the ambition of the department of Physics is to foster a creative environment for academic research, learning and outreach.

We provide a competitive advantage by linking our top-level international and interdisciplinary academic performance in the areas of material science, nanotechnology and energy research with world-leading industrial R&D&I projects.

We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological and theoretical challenges, from fundamental physics research, through the development of new materials such as graphene to direct industrial projects generating new inventions.

We have a strong learning commitment on all levels from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering. We are situated in a stimulating and creative environment with newly renovated facilities. The department is the major part of Gothenburg Physics Centre – a collaboration between five departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.


Information about the research,the project and the division
The post-doc position is located at the Division of Materials Microstructure at the Department of Physics. The division’s research is focused on understanding the relation between materials properties and their microstructure, and how this is affected by processing and how it evolves during operation. This is mainly achieved by applying advanced characterization tools, such as electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. Among the goals are to provide knowledge that can be used to develop new materials and optimize composition, production routes, heat treatment etc.

The post-doc work is part of a project on high temperature corrosion of materials and components produced by additive manufacturing (AM), which is a relatively new type of method where items are created by adding layer upon layer of a material in a computerized process, sometimes called 3D-printing. AM has great potential for components in industrial processes and firing/gasification applications, since the technique offers new possibilities to design materials and components that can withstand higher temperatures and more demanding environments. Thus, it may be possible to use AM to manufacture advanced materials/components that cannot be made by conventional methods, in order to solve critical corrosion problems in energy processes. AM produces a completely different microstructure compared to conventional manufacturing. The material’s microstructure is of crucial importance for its corrosion resistance and thereby its performance and time in service. The scientific challenge lies in understanding how the corrosion behavior of AM processed materials is affected by their characteristic microstructure. The work will involve comparisons with conventionally manufactured (e.g. cast) materials with the same (or similar) composition. The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency via the Swedish High Temperature Corrosion Centre (HTC), and is run in close collaboration with industry.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found at Department of physics

Major responsibilities
The main part of the work of the post-doc will be to perform controlled high temperature exposures and advanced materials analysis. The work will contain high-resolution microscoipy, by cross-section milling or thin-foil preparation using a focused ion beam, followed by microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), transmission kikuchi diffraction (TKD) and occasionally scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The samples may also be analysed by performing transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and associated techniques, including EDX and energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), high resolution TEM (HR-TEM) and scanning TEM (HR-STEM). The post-doc will be involved in developing the techniques (sample preparation, experiment set-up and data evaluation), helping PhD-students wih the techniques, and reporting the results to industry partners and university collaborators. Writing scientific papers and grant applications are also parts of the work.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. 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
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

Qualifications
PhD degree (preferably in physics, chemistry or materials science). Courses taken in metallurgy, materials science, high temperature corrosion, microscopy, spectroscopy, materials characterization are considered a plus.

Skills and hands-on experience of scanning electron microscopy or high-temperatrure exposures are required. Interest and skills in building experimental research equipment and working in an inter-disciplinary area, including high temperature corrosion and advanced materials analysis are beneficial. Knowledge and hands-on experience in the following areas: specimen prepararation using focused ion beam work stations or other techniques, advanced materials analysis, such as transmission electron microscopy are of great value. Good communication and collaborative skills in English are needed. Experience from high temperature corrosion modelling and/or high temperature corrosion exposures, including designing and setting up exposure equipment is very positive.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than three years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

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 20180435 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) including:
• 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:
• 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: 1 September 2018

For questions, please contact:
Professor, Mats Halvarsson, Materials Microstructure, mats.halvarsson@chalmers.se, 031-7723398
Associate professor, Magnus Colliander, Materials Microstructure, magnus.colliander@chalmers.se, 031-772 3306


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 Saturday September 1st, 2018

PhD student position in Hydrodeoxygenation catalysis for production of sustainable fuels

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.


Information about the research/the project/the division
This PhD student position is within the Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK), which is an interdisciplinary research centre for heterogeneous catalysis at Chalmers. We contribute to a sustainable energy and transport system with new catalytic technology. The main activities are focused on energy conversion and emission control and integrated with the research at the departments of Physics, and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The projects are conducted in collaboration with the member companies AB Volvo, ECAPS AB, Johnson Matthey AB, Preem AB, Scania CV AB, Umicore Denmark ApS and Volvo Car Corporation AB.

The position will be located at the division of Chemical Engineering at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. We have a wide range of experience and work both experimentally and with modelling, and we have also a long tradition of working with both fundamental scientific questions and applied problems together with industry.

This position is focused on building knowledge for efficient catalytic refining of pyrolysis oils to fuel components. Pyrolysis oils produced from forestry residues can be an important feedstock for the production of renewable fuels. Refining of pyrolysis oils to fuels can be done by catalytic hydrotreatment which mainly involves reducing its high oxygen content by hydrodeoxygenation (HDO). The research will focus on understanding how different components of pyrolysis oils interact to influence the HDO reactions as well as to understand how possible impurities may be potential catalyst poisons. The position will involve the use of a combination of different experimental techniques regarding catalyst synthesis, characterisation and activity evaluation. There may also be opportunity to use a mathematical modeling approach to gain further understanding of the hydroprocessing process. The project will be carried out in collaboration with KCK’s industry partners and in particular Preem AB.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position includes research at an 80-100% level where the remaining part is teaching and departmental work.

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

Qualifications
The successful candidate should have:
(1) Master degree primarily in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering with Physics or Chemistry
(2) High motivation, and an analytical and problem solving personality
(3) Good communication skills in written and spoken English
(4) Ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project

Experience in operation of experimental or industrial catalytic reactor systems, experimental techniques for heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and characterisation or mathematical kinetic modelling or similar modelling, is meritorious.

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 20180399 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: 30 August, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Derek Creaser, Chemical Engineering, derek.creaser@chalmers.se, + 46 (0)31 – 772 3023


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 Thursday August 30th, 2018

PhD student position in Advanced catalysts for NOx reduction -Experimental studies

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.


Information about the research/the project/the division
This PhD student position is within the Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK), which is an interdisciplinary research centre for heterogeneous catalysis at Chalmers. We contribute to a sustainable energy and transport system with new catalytic technology. The main activities are focused on energy conversion and emission control and integrated with the research at the departments of Physics, and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The projects are conducted in collaboration with the member companies AB Volvo, ECAPS AB, Johnson Matthey AB, Preem AB, Scania CV AB, Umicore Denmark ApS and Volvo Car Corporation AB.

The position will be located at the division of Applied Chemistry at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Applied Chemistry is a dynamic and international environment striving for scientific excellence through teamwork between research leaders active in the fields of Catalysis, Surface Chemistry, Biopolymer Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology and Polymer Chemistry and Electronics.

This position focuses on experimental studies of advanced catalysts for reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx).
NOx is a major pollutant and it increases acidification as well as smog formation. It is therefore of outmost importance to remove NOx from exhausts. One technique used for this is selective catalytic reduction (SCR), where NOx reacts selectively with ammonia to form nitrogen and water. This position will involve a combination of different experimental techniques including catalyst synthesis and characterisation, as well as evaluation of catalytic activity. In order to, in detail, understand and improve the catalytic efficiency in situ characterisation with spectroscopic techniques will be used, for which the catalytic properties are studied under realistic conditions.

Two PhD students are recruited to this project where one will focus on experimental mechanistic studies and one focus on experimental kinetic studies and modelling. The overall goal with the project is to reach a detailed understanding of the the surface reactions and mechanisms and the connection between the SCR reactions and the catalyst properties. Strong synergies are expected between the two subprojects.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position includes research at a 90-100% level where the remaining part is teaching and departmental work.

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

Qualifications
The successful candidate should have:
(1) Master degree primarily in Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Chemical Engineering with Physics or Materials Science
(2) High motivation, and an analytical and problem-solving personality
(3) Good communication skills in written and spoken English
(4) Ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project

Experience in chemical synthesis and materials characterisation, in situ characterisation techniques or chemical reactor systems is meritorious.

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 20180401 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: 30 August, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Hanna Härelind, Applied Chemistry, hanna.harelind@chalmers.se, +46 (0)31 – 772 2959


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 Thursday August 30th, 2018

Postdoctoral position in Intelligent control of electrified vehicles

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 ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”.

Information about the project
The objective of this project is to develop an intelligent controller that uses the predictive capabilities of the newly emerging vehicles in order to optimize their energy consumption, emissions, component wear and driving comfort. The predictive control is particularly important for hybrid electric vehicles, which beside the electric machine(s), they possess an additional power source, such as a combustion engine or a fuel cell system. A typical control decision in hybrid electric vehicles is to optimally manage the energy between the different power sources, in order to match acceleration requested by the driver and at the same time to optimize an overall performance index. In the last decade, our division has proposed such predictive controllers, where control functions have been separated within several control layers. The control layers include at least one supervisory controller for optimizing the look-ahead energy management and several local controllers for tracking the set points by the supervisor and for stabilizing the operation of local components.

The specific goal of this project is to propose a real-time implementable energy management system and demonstrate its optimality and computational feasibility in a test rig. The research challenge is to generate a suitable functional architecture that connects the predictive supervisor with a local controller that manages the energy of the electric battery. The study encourages the usage of both model-based techniques and deep learning methods that enable both fast computation of optimal control policies and online adaptation of battery parameters that compensate for dynamics possibly neglected due to computational reasons. The study should investigate the tradeoff between optimality and computational effort for different level of modeling details and sensitivity to the method of adaptation of model parameters.

The position is with the Mechatronics group at Chalmers, where a team of PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers is working on computationally efficient optimization of problems in the area of optimal energy management and autonomous maneuvering/driving. The group is a part of the division of Systems and Control, within the Department of Electrical Engineering (E2), which to a large extent deals with the modeling and development of efficient systems for extracting and processing information. For more information on E2, see also www.chalmers.se/E2/

Major responsibilities
The working time of postdoctoral staff is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate teaching duties, not exceeding 20% of the working time, may include supervision of MSc or BSc students. The appointment is a fulltime employment (not a scholarship) for a period of not more than two years.

The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

Qualifications
By the starting date, the applicant should have a PhD (or close to completion) in control theory, applied mathematics or neighboring relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than three years.

Experience with modeling and control of electric batteries and vehicular powertrains is desired. A successful applicant should have a strong background in control theory and optimization and be familiar with system modelling tools. Programming skills in Matlab/Simulink are required and in C/C++ are welcome. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject, ability to initiate new research collaborations, excellent oral and written English communication skills are needed.

Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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 20180421 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) including:
• 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:
• 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: 2 September, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor Nikolce Murgovski, nikolce.murgovski@chalmers.se, +46 31 772 4800
Professor Jonas Sjöberg, jonas.sjoberg@chalmers.se, +46 31 772 1855
Professor Torsten Wik, torsten.wik@chalmers.se, +46 31 772 5146


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 Sunday September 2nd, 2018

PhD student position in Management of complex collaborative design

The Department of Technology Management and Economics conducts research within areas such as logistics, innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, quality sciences and environmental systems analysis. The department consists of six research divisions, operations support and three research centres. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers Areas of Advance.

The position is placed at the Division of Service management and Logistics (SML), which is part of the Department of Technology Management and Economics.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Information about the project
This PhD student project will initially be part of a 3-year externally funded research project on complex infrastructure design processes in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. Public infrastructure clients in Sweden are working more towards partnering and collaborative design processes for complex infrastructure design projects, for example early contractor involvement contracts. These new collaboration forms have impact on responsibilities, new roles, project management and project structure and it becomes relevant to study success factors and hindrances of these new types of collaborative complex design organizations. The PhD project will study a number of finalized, ongoing and future complex collaborative design projects in infrastructure in Sweden through interviews, observations and document analysis in order to eventually suggest solutions to improve complex design.

Your PhD studies will be supported by supervisors with backgrounds in management, civil and structural engineering. The PhD project is connected to a network of industrial and public partners that support the research and are part of the reference group. This network consists of clients, contractors and consultancy firms from the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.

Information about the division
Services have become an integrated part of business, and the service element increases steadily in both the private and the public sector. The Division of Service Management and Logistics (SML) focuses on the management, design, delivery and improvement of services from the perspective of the individual service organization as well as the wider supply chain. We conduct research and teaching in close interaction with external organizations, and focus on resource utilisation, improvement and development of processes as well as inter-organisational relationships. The division pursues problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research, with strong emphasis on industry relevance and high visibility in leading academic journals. The key aim of our research activity is to address societal challenges and contribute to industrial leadership.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student, your major responsibility is to pursue your doctoral studies in relation to a specific research aim. At large, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, literature reviews, designing research studies, collecting and analysing empirical data, and communicating the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with your supervisors.

In this specific project you will need to perform interviews with key actors and observations of design teams and meetings for complex infrastructure design projects in Sweden. You are also expected to carry out a literature review and develop a theoretical frame with the help of your supervisors. During the project, you will continuously present results at seminars and international conferences.

The position also includes teaching in Chalmers undergraduate level courses, supervising student projects or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of four years of studies and to a maximum of five years (1+2+2 years) employment including teaching and departmental work. In addition to own research and education the position includes 20% teaching and performance of departmental asks. It also requires the enrolment into a post graduate programme at the research school Technology Management and Economics. The employment is bound to successful completion of department evaluations after one and three years.

Qualifications
To qualify as a PhD student you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in e.g. engineering, management, business administration, sociology or equivalent with an interest in organisational studies. Important is that you have experience or an understanding from the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry and have a keen interest in management and/or construction management questions.

We believe you are highly motivated, capable of independent work, and able to engage in collaborative work together with people both in industry and academia. You also have a genuine interest in theory and in understanding complex problems.

You have excellent analytical skills and communication skills in written and spoken English and due to the character of the research being able to understand and speak Swedish is preferable. You have the ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the PhD-project. Large emphasis when selecting a candidate will be laid on your ability to write.

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 20180361 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: 24 August 2018

For questions, please contact:
Dan Andersson, Associate Professor, Head of Unit, Div. Service Management and Logistics, Technology Management and Economics, dan.andersson@chalmers.se, +46 31 7721339

Petra Bosch-Sijtsema, Professor, Div. Service Management and Logistics, Technology Management and Economics, petra.bosch@chalmers.se, +46 31 7721945

Rasmus Rempling, Associate Professor, Div. Structural Engineering, Architecture and Civil Engineering department, rasmus.rempling@chalmers.se, +46 31 7722012


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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