Industrial PhD Scholarship Position in Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation of Paper

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in mathematical analysis. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 5 years. Applications are invited up to March 17, 2019.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, together with the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre (FCC), is recruiting an industrial PhD student for a project on innovative simulation of paper. Both the Department of Mathematical Sciences and FCC carry out world-class research and industrial projects with a focus on using mathematics as a technology. For more information, see our websites and

We are currently looking for a highly motivated individual to join us in an exciting project working closely with industry. The aim of the project is to develop novel numerical methods and algorithms that can be used for prediction of mechanical properties of paper and paperboard. The strength properties of paper depend on the formation of the fiber network on the micro-scale. A multi-scale approach is therefore necessary. In the project, a rigorous mathematical analysis of the problem will be performed, a state-of-the-art multi-scale method will be implemented and validated against experiments on industrial paperboard material.

The project will be performed in collaboration between the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre, the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the companies Stora Enso and Albany International. The main supervisor is Professor Axel Mlqvist (Mathematical Sciences) and the co-supervisor is Associate professor Fredrik Edelvik (FCC). The PhD student will be enrolled in a graduate school in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The PhD project is part of the ongoing Innovative Simulation of Paper (ISOP) project at FCC, which is a cooperation with the companies Stora Enso and Albany International.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student you will be part of an international research environment while you expand your knowledge of the field and write your thesis. You will work together with the ISOP team of researchers and engineers. You are a team player with strong interest in industrial applications, but also expected to work autonomously, to develop your own ideas and communicate results to the scientific community. In addition, the position will normally include 10% departmental work, mostly teaching duties. Totally, the graduate programme will thus comprise 4 years of study and research and 0.5 years of teaching.

Full time employment at the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre. Starting date: 1 June, 2019, or according to agreement.


Applicants must have a strong background in the mathematical sciences. A master’s degree or a 4-year bachelor’s degree or an equivalent competence is required at the beginning of the employment.

The developed methods are implemented in software that will be used by industry and very good programming skills (e.g., C++, Python, Matlab) are therefore required.

In your application you should include all relevant work such as bachelor’s or master’s thesis and articles (provide an English summary if necessary) that you have authored or co-authored. Evidence of mathematical problem solving skills is significant, besides course grades.

The bachelor’s level teaching is normally in Swedish, although the teaching at the master’s and PhD levels is in English. Thus, good language skills are required.

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

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190073 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.

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: 17 March, 2019

Stig Larsson, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics,

Fredrik Edelvik, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre,

Axel Mlqvist, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics,


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