PhD Scholarship in Combustion Engines at Lund University

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in mechanical engineering is available at Lund University. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 5 years in Sweden. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2019.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Lund University is in the forefront of academic combustion engine research. Volvo Trucks is a world leader in producing heavy-duty vehicles. SEM AB is a world leader in producing electronic ignition systems with integrated combustion diagnostics for gas engines. We develop new technology for tomorrow's products and need a PhD student for a research project within the KCFP Engine Research Center. Together we will make gas engines even more efficient and environmentally friendly.

We offer

We offer a posibility to be a part of a global network with high ambitions. By joining us you get the opportunity of personal development and to embark on an exciting journey for the benefit of both our environment and science.

Work duties

The KCFP Engine Research Center has a new project on combustion diagnostics and control using ion current measurements. Ion current measurement uses the engine spark plugs for obtaining information about the combustion. The project goal is to reduce the fuel consumption through optimized combustion control using ion current information and advanced statistical methods. The position is financed by KCFP which is a consortium consisting of Lund University, The Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish and international companies.

We need a PhD student in “Combustion Engines oriented towards Combustion diagnostics and control of gas engines using ion current feedback” for the project. The PhD student position leads to a PhD degree and involves both "hands-on" engine operation in a laboratory setting as well as development of new control functions and analysis of data from engine operation. Together with our collaborating partners you will deliver the solutions for the future.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

1. at least 90 credits of relevance to the subject, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, and a second-cycle degree project of at least 30 credits of relevance to the field, or

2. a second cycle degree in a relevant field.

You have a master's degree in Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar. You have relevant industrial experience and/or knowledge of automatic control and/or signal processing. You have basic knowlege of combustion engines. Written and oral command of English is important.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle.

1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.

2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.

3. Written and oral communication skills.

4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

You are an independent, structured and driven person with a genuine interest for engineering and science, particularly combustion engines and their control. You like solving challenging problems creatively with others and are happy to share your experience. You are good at understanding problems and thrive from taking responsibility for getting things done.

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 .

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).


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