Associate Professor in Dynamics of Solids at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening professor position in mechanical engineering. This position is available for two years. Candidates are welcome before December 14, 2018.

Information about the department

The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) has about 300 employees and consists of seven research divisions within the areas of mechanical engineering and maritime sciences: Dynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Engineering & Autonomous Systems, Combustion and Propulsion Systems. Marine Technology, Maritime Studies. The seven divisions conduct fundamental and applied research in close collaboration with national and international universities and industries. The department also offers and contributes to bachelor and masters programs in areas such as Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Marine Engineering. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world.

The division of Dynamics has about 10 faculty members and 10 PhD students where the research activities are canalized via our research groups: Mechanical systems, Structural dynamics, Wave propagation, and Railway mechanics. The research focuses on various solid dynamics problems, especially vibrational problems but also other fields such as fatigue, wear, contact mechanics, wave propagation, optimization and dynamics of smart material. The projects range from basic to applied research, and includes theoretical modelling, numerical methods and experimental activities. Experiments are performed at the department’s laboratory space “Vibrations and Smart Structures Lab” and through field measurements. As to our teaching activities, we provide several courses on bachelor level within mechanics and solid mechanics. At the masters’ level, courses are given within the finite element method, rigid body dynamics, structural dynamics, fatigue and fracture mechanics.

The details of the departmental research activities may be found at

Information about the position

The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) has established a position as associate professor in the field of Dynamics of solids to be placed at the division of Dynamics.

The orientation of research for the new position may cover many fields related to Dynamics of solids. This may either include established areas where M2 wishes to maintain or further strengthen the research activities, or upcoming areas where there are needs to establish new research activities. Possible areas of research are e.g. rigid body dynamics, flexible multi-body dynamics, computational dynamics, machine dynamics, structural dynamics, non-linear dynamics, wave propagation, structural health monitoring, multiscale modeling for dynamical applications, optimization methods on dynamical problems. The research should be oriented towards both theoretical modelling including mathematical and numerical methods, as well as on advanced applied engineering problems performed in cooperation with industry.

This position is in line with the strategic plan for the division to secure and strengthen one of our most important core areas to underpin both fundamental and applied research as well as secure high-quality teaching.

Major responsibilities

One of your major responsibilities as associate professor is to perform research, either as a member or head of a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as supervision of PhD students. You will be expected to take part in leadership and administration, and to apply actively for external funding. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large.

Full-time permanent employment.


The associate professor is expected to have the full range of qualifications, experience, and abilities to fulfill the primary responsibilities of the position, including, amongst others:

- Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, or a related field like applied physics.

- Proven track record of, or potential for, high quality scientific research, as evidenced by publication records. The ability to achieve results through cooperation with other researchers, both locally and globally, is of importance for this position.

- Proven pedagogical track recordas evidenced by your teaching experience as shown in your pedagogical portfolio.

- Capability to lead projects with various partners; both within academia and with industry.

Note that the candidates’ pedagogical skills are of special importance in order to maintain and develop the high quality teaching at the department in general and the division in particular.

The position of associate professor requires scientific expertise that is considerably higher than that required for a doctoral degree (corresponding to admission as docent) and at least 15 higher education credits in teaching and learning in higher education or corresponding expertise. You must be accustomed to teaching and be a skilled educator. For this reason, we place a great deal of emphasis on your pedagogical portfolio. Experience from performing academic research or qualified research and development in industry/the public sector is a requirement.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you must be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180599 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref number)


Complete list of publications, (Divided into peer reviewed/non peer reviewed journal articles,conference contributions, etc)

Two references that we can contact

Certificates of course completed in Supervision of Research: Principles and Practice or another equivalent course

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref number)

1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and describeyour future research plans

Previous research fields and main research results

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you areprimarily interested in?


Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of ten publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file.

Copies of a maximum of ten other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles)

Pedagogical qualifications:

Please use the specified format for thePedagogical Portfoliowhen you compile your pedagogical qualifications

Certificates of courses completed in pedagogy for higher education (15 ECTS points, 10 Swedish credit points in the previous credit system), or other equivalent courses, or proven equivalent pedagogical expertise.

Application deadline: December 14, 2018

Peter Folkow

Associate Professor, Head of Division Dynamics



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