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At the School of Business, Society and Engineering our students are studying to be for example Bachelors or Masters of Engineering, political scientists and business administrators. Here we have the research specialisations of Industrial Engineering and Management, and Future Energy. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.
Employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Full time
Closing date for application: 2021-09-22
Campus location: Västeras
School: School of Business, Society and Engineering, (EST)
The School of Business, Society and Engineering is looking for 2 PhD students in energy and environmental engineering with focus on electrified aircraft propulsion systems. The position involves working within the research specialization Future Energy Center (FEC).
The work is part of the research activities conducted under a number of flight electrification and turbine performance related projects at FEC. Modelling, simulation and optimization of complex power and propulsion systems will be a key focus of this work, including carrying out detailed system-level assessments. A large part of the work will be done at, or in close contact with, several partner organizations. The successful candidate is therefore expected to have skills in propulsion performance, fluid mechanics-based optimization, and/or modelling of electrical drive and associated systems as well as be able to interact effectively with partner research institutes, industry, colleagues and other stakeholders.
The PhD student is expected to take initiatives, develop own ideas and work independently when needed, as well as take responsibility for the work. Furthermore, the project interacts closely with other parallel PhD projects and industrial partners. Thus the applicant needs to have high collaborative skills. The PhD student needs to be able to disseminate and communicate scientific results and knowledge orally as well as in written form within existing and new networks. This includes academia, industry and society at large. The research results will be presented at project meetings, conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Employment is limited and equivalent to full-time studies at the graduate level for 4
Employment as a doctoral student requires admittance to a graduate (research) program within a Swedish university. Reference is made to the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 (SFS 1993: 100). To be accepted to the graduate (research) program in Energy and Environmental Engineering the student should have one of the following:
- Completed a Master’s degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits (Swedish: civilingenjör) in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, or engineering physics.
- Completed a four-year science education with technical content equivalent to a Master’s degree within the above subjects.
The position requires sound verbal and written technical communication and dissemination skills in English.
The school will select the most suitable candidate for this position following a combined evaluation of competence and skills, in addition to documented qualifications. Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. Personal suitability will be judged in relation to the candidate’s capacity to effectively carry out the project research work, to integrate and contribute to a positive development of the research environment at MDH, as well as deliver value to the project’s partner organizations.
MDH continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at MDH. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.
Further Qualifications and Merits
You are open-minded and interested in collaborating across borders within and outside MDH. Interest in and experience research as well as a stay at an institution other than the one where your MSc was awarded are considered merits. Teamwork, leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills are advantages. Further qualifications and merits for the position are:
- Knowledge in propulsion system performance and fluid mechanics, including modelling of electrical systems and optimization.
- Experience in industrial R&D or in a junior academic research position within fluid mechanics and systems engineering.
- Knowledge of, experience with and interest in modeling, simulation and optimization of propulsion and electrical power systems with commercial and bespoke tools.
- Good programming skills and/or knowledge of e.g. Matlab, C++, Fortran, Python etc. is an advantage.
- Experience and interest in interaction with various international partner organizations and professional management and cooperation, including representing MDH at national and international events.
- Ability to collaborate with other researchers as well as work independently.
- Curious, goal-oriented, flexible, ambitious, and communicative personality.
- Interest in developing methods and bringing them into different application areas.
The application must be written in English and include the following: Cover letter (preferably max 1 page), short CV (preferably max 2 pages), copies of relevant previous work (such as extended course projects, thesis, scientific publications or manuscripts or technical reports, or even outline of a thesis under submission), attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates, as well as any letters of recommendation and the names and contact details of two referees. The cover letter must include a brief description of the reasons why you are interested in applying for the particular postgraduate employment, why your profile makes a good fit and your future goals.
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The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.
We look forward to receiving your application.
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Michaël Le Duc
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Post expires on Wednesday September 22nd, 2021