PhD Scholarship Position in Vehicle Dynamics for Co2 Efficient Transports

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in mechanical engineering. The funds for this fellowship are available for 5 years. Applications are welcome before March 02, 2019.

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 project

We are offering a position as a PhD student in the subject of Vehicle Dynamics for CO2 efficient transports.

Photo: Volvo

The position is intended for 4.5 years PhD student within the project “COVER - Real world CO2 assessment and Vehicle enERgy efficiency”, together with Volvo Trucks, Scania, Volvo Cars, VTI and RISE. The main research in vehicle dynamics will be in vehicle modelling and simulation of, primarily, CO2-emissions, and how to use it to compare vehicle concepts and configurations. The overall purpose is to optimize vehicles for its specific use.

The project is a continuation of the project OCEAN, see, which have developed a format for describing operating cycles, so that different vehicles and vehicle designs can be compared in a fair way.

The purpose of present project, COVER, see, is to provide methods and tools, additional to the operating cycle format, to make the next generation of vehicles more energy efficient. This requires understanding of how the vehicles are used as well as understanding of the procedure of how vehicles are designed for assumed transport missions. During the first 1-2 years you will work in parallel with the more senior PhD student from OCEAN.

The results of the research are expected to be published in scientific journals and presented at scientific conferences. The PhD student will mainly work at Chalmers Johanneberg campus, but some time will be spent in industry.

The research is conducted in within a project and is intended to lead to a Licentiate degree after 2-2.5 years and a PhD degree after 4.5 years. In the degree syllabus is also a set of required courses that the PhD student needs to participate in (45/67.5 ECTS).

- From heavy vehicles to passenger cars (smaller vehicles is a possible future extension)

- Both within longitudinal and lateral dynamics, in both cases including actuator dynamics (propulsion, brake, steering)

- Both events-like manoeuvres (typically 5-10 s) and longer vehicle operations (typically 10 min to several hours). The first often addresses safety, the latter addresses transport efficiency and both address user experience.

The division VEAS focuses on engineering of systems in the application of vehicles and robots. Our strengths are the knowledge of finding solutions to authentic problems and experience to tell that we work with relevant problems. Our aim is to provide innovative solutions to problems of industrial relevance, by means of theory, modelling, simulations, and experimental work. The division has 5 faculty members, about 20 PhD students, and a number of post-docs and researchers. The main research areas are on energy efficient, safe and adaptive vehicles, and autonomous systems operating in unstructured environments.

Major responsibilities

As PhD student you will have your project as your main responsibility. You are expected to develop your own scientific ideas and concepts, and to communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You will be supervised by senior researchers/engineers at the department and the companies.

You will publish papers and reach other merits for the academic degree PhD. You will also teach 10%. It includes courses and formulating/supervising MSc theses connected to the research project.

The position is a full-time temporary employment with a competitive salary and with social benefits. The position is limited to 4.5 years.


- MSc in automotive, mechanical, mechatronics/control, physics engineering, or in engineering mathematics

- Driver licence, especially for trucks and buses

- Modelling and simulation of Mechanical and Mechatronic dynamic systems.

- Good knowledge of the English language (both oral and written), writing of scientific papers

- Leadership skills will be valuable in teaching, including supervision of MSc theses

- Matlab/Simulink, Modelica

- Experience from automotive industry is beneficial

- Experience from automotive measurements and testing is beneficial

You need to be motivated, self-propelled, cooperative, strategic and analytically problem-solving. It will be important to be interested in vehicles and understand the whole scope; from the transport operation to actuation and motion of the vehicles.

You will collaborate with several research partners, so the ability to cooperate is considered very important. As a PhD student you are expected to work relatively independently, have ability to plan and organize your work, and be able to communicate your scientific results, both orally and in writing, in English. Knowledge of the Swedish language is desirable but not a requirement. However, all PhD Students are expected to be able to teach in Swedish as well as in English after two years of employment. Those who do not have Swedish as their mother tongue are offered courses in the Swedish language.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180258 and written in English.

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


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?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 2 March 2019

Bengt Jacobson,, +46 31 772 13 83

Sixten Berglund,

Fredrik Bruzelius,


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