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Dalarna University recruiting a PhD student in energy engineering with focus on solar energy systems

Ref HDa 2.3.1-2022/994

Would you like to do cutting edge research on the future energy systems as a part of the new Swedish Centre of Excellence on Solar Electricity (SOLVE)?

Subject area och research field
Dalarna University is in the middle of an exciting transformation process. Construction of a new campus building in the centre of Borlänge has started. It has 13 000 m2 that have been designed to meet staff and student requirements of the future for an attractive work and study environment. Based on the new strategy, the university’s organisational structure has been changed to meet the needs of the future with sustainability as one of the focus areas. Dalarna University has recently been granted the rights to award PhD degrees in Resource Efficient Built Environment and is also part of the new Swedish Centre of Excellence on Solar Electricity (SOLVE).

Dalarna University has researched on solar energy for nearly 40 years and established one of the first master programs in the world in 1999. The research is mainly conducted with a system perspective and is applied research together with companies and other stakeholders. The main areas are solar energy and energy efficiency in buildings, with modelling/simulation as key methods but the research is often done together with analysis of monitored or lab data. The university has an advanced system testing lab that can test complete solar heating and cooling systems for buildings.

The Swedish Centre of Excellence on Solar Electricity (SOLVE) has been created as a strategic collaboration between Sweden’s main research groups in solar electricity and has a broad range of stakeholders from industry as well as other organisations. The centre’s vision is for a large penetration of solar electricity in Sweden via a smart and well-planned integration to the energy systems in urban as well as countryside areas in order to help reach the sustainability goals. For more information on SOLVE: https://www.du.se/sv/Samverkan/energikompetenscentrum-ekc/forskning-blir-skarpa-case/

Your work as a PhD student
In this position you will be able to study how solar electricity can be integrated with the local energy systems at urban district/neighbourhood level using energy sharing between buildings and electricity grid as well as with other neighbourhoods. Advanced control is important in such systems and will be central to this PhD study. Forecasts of PV production are important and will be based on measured data. A range of energy storage options will be considered, such as batteries, hydrogen, and high-temperate thermal storage. In particular, electric vehicles will be included for coupling the sectors of buildings and mobility. Peer to peer energy trading mechanism and its related business models will be included to integrate multiple prosumers, producers and consumers into a coordinated local energy system. The research will mostly involve modelling and simulation but analysis of and comparison with data from real cases will also be made. The work will be done in close collaboration with companies and other stakeholders that work with the integration of solar electricity in building energy systems and other systems at a higher level.

You will also collaborate with other PhD students within SOLVE, both within the same theme area of Enhanced PV-systems as well as with those in other themes that work with integration of PV electricity at both building and at a larger scale. SOLVE will also run its own PhD courses that you will participate in together with the other PhD students both from SOLVE and outside of it.

Are you the person we are looking for?
Entry requirementsGeneral requirements for a person to be registered in a doctoral program are:

  • a degree at advanced level
  • has completed course totaling at least 240 credits, including a minimum of 60 credits at advanced level, or
  • can demonstrate acquisition of equivalent skills in another way, either in or out of the country.

Specific requirements for admission to the PhD program in Resource Efficient Built Environment entail:

  • a degree at advanced level within engineering or natural sciences with energy as a central subject and with relevance within the area Resource Efficient Built Environment or equivalent knowledge. For degrees from a non-Swedish university an equivalence assessment will be made
  • completed and passed a thesis project in a degree as defined above
  • good competence in English both in written form and orally

Selection and basis of assessment
Selection among applicants who meet the entry requirements will be done with consideration of their ability to fullfill the doctoral studies. Except the requirements stated in the genreal study plan we we will, for this position, assess the following:

In order to success in this project you need a strong ability to take the initiative and be able to work independently both practically and theoretically. A good analytical competence together with creativity are very important as is a strong interest to develop new knowledge. You should also have a good ability to work with others, as you are expected to collaborate with both internal and external partners in SOLVE.

Experience of simulation tools and modelling are of merit. Good competence in Swedish both in written form and orally is also desirable, and considered a merit.

The university will conduct a qualitative evaluation of candidates so that the candidate with the best chances for success in terms of the requirements of the position is the one selected.

Only those that become or are already registered in a PhD program at a university can be employed as a PhD student. The PhD position is a full-time employment and time-limited in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (HF chapter 5). The period of employment corresponds to four years of full time studies and can be combined with departmental duties (teaching or other assignments at the university) up to 20% of full time.

The position is in the multi-disciplinary department of Energy and Building Engineering at the School of Information and Engineering. Dalarna University has two campuses. The successful candidate will have an office in Borlänge and will on occasion be required to work in Falun. The chosen candidate will be registered in the new doctoral program at Dalarna University, Energy Systems in the Built Environment. Starting date will be as soon as possible in agreement with the chosen candidate. Salary in according to the PhD fixed salary scale of Dalarna University.

Additional information
We value the qualities that diversity adds to the organisation.

We can offer relocation support via “rekryteringslots Dalarna”.

Application documents
The application shall include:
– CV
– Thesis projekt
– Copies of relevant examination/grade certificates that confirm entry requirements

For questions about the application and other documents, please contact rekrytering@du.se.

We welcome your application
Submit your application on our website no later than 2023-02-28.

In case of disagreement between the English and the Swedish version of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We respectfully decline all offers from advertising companies and recruitment firms.

By working at Dalarna University, you can help create opportunities so that everyone can attain a higher education. Regionally and globally, we create open pathways to knowledge for a good society. We work to ensure our programmes and courses remain of relevance and of high quality, while our research is conducted in close collaboration with external partners. We have 850 staff members and 17 000 students, as well as a great many collaborative partners. Do you want to effect change in the world with us?

Contact persons
Chris Bales
Professor (research coordinator and DU leader for SOLVE)
+46 (0)23-77 87 07
Ewa Wäckelgård
+46 (0)70-167 91 01

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Tuesday February 28th, 2023