Postdoctoral Position in Sustainable Aviation and Marine Fuels

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral fellowship position in mechanical engineering. The funding allows successful candidates to work for three years in the first instance. Candidates are welcome before November 30, 2018.

The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) conducts fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport to achieve sustainable technological solutions. M2 holds one of Sweden's most extensive simulator centre for navigation and propulsion of ships, as well as world class laboratories within combustion engineering and wind tunnels. The department also offers and contributes to bachelor and master programs in areas such as Shipping, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering to mention a few. In addition, professional education is performed on both a national and international level, with specific designed mission training for different social actors, within our ambition for a lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization. M2 is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world class education. M2 consists of seven different divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support.

Information about the research

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of energy systems modelling with focus on alternative aviation and marine fuels. The position will be hosted by the unit of Maritime Environmental Sciences at the department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences but includes collaboration with several research groups in Chalmers that are working with energy systems modelling, aviation and shipping technologies and policy interventions.

Although aviation and shipping sectors contribute relatively small share of the global emissions today, these sectors are growing rapidly implying also increasing GHG emissions if no measures are taken. To reduce the emissions, radical changes in both technologies and fuels used are needed. Several alternatives for low carbon fuels exist: besides various biofuels, hydrogen and electricity can be used. In addition, electrofuels (also known as power-to-fuels), carbon-based fuels produced from carbon dioxide and water, with electricity as the primary source of energy represent an interesting option since they can use existing fuel distribution infrastructure and possibly help to balance the variable electricity supply from wind and solar PVs. The project will focus on answering the following question: what are the potential roles of hydrogen, electricity and electrofuels in achieving cost-effective, energy efficient and decarbonized aviation and shipping sectors? The postdoctoral position will contribute to a larger project that defines pathways to large scale use of sustainable aviation fuels. The project will comparatively evaluate sustainable fuel pathways and give recommendations of ways forward under different scenarios in terms of e.g. cost and performance for different technologies, climate targets and availability of resources such as biomass. The key scientific strength of the project is that it combines state-of-the-art technical knowledge on radical aircraft conceptual designs such as electric aircraft and cryogenic hydrogen aircraft with top-level global energy systems modelling.

The postdoctoral researcher will be using and further developing the Global Energy Transition (GET) model. GET is a cost minimizing "bottom-up" systems engineering model of the global energy system. It can be used to study carbon mitigation strategies with an objective of minimizing the discounted total energy system cost for the period under study. The model focuses on the supply side and has five end use sectors: electricity, transport, feedstock, residential-commercial heat and industrial process heat.

Major responsibilities

Your main responsibility will be to perform studies assessing the potential role of hydrogen, electricity and electrofuels in aviation and shipping in a carbon constrained world. You are expected to contribute to development of the Global Energy Transition (GET) model, scenario design and analysis of different pathways. The work will be performed in collaboration with other researchers and industry. You are expected to communicate your findings to relevant stakeholders. The position also includes teaching on Chalmers’ graduate and undergraduate level or performing other administrative duties.

Full-time employment with a competitive salary and with social benefits. This position is limited to two years.


To qualify for the position of postdoctoral researcher, you should possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as environmental science, economy or energy technology and have knowledge of energy systems analyses or technology assessment. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Knowledge of alternative transport fuels is beneficial. The candidate is expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

We are looking for an ambitious, independent researcher with good analytical skills who is interested in interdisciplinary research with a holistic systems perspective.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180601 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

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.

1-3 pages where you introduce yourselfand 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?

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 30 November 2018

Researcher, Selma Brynolf,

Maritime Studies, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

+46 31-772 2237

Postdoctoral researcher, Mariliis Lehtveer,

Energy Technology, Space Earth and Environment

+46 31-772 3018


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