PhD Scholarship Position in Vehicle Thermal Management

Chalmers University of Technology is delighted to offer a PhD position in mechanical engineering. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 5 years in Sweden. Potential candidates should apply before June 06, 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 centres 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 specifically designed mission training for different societal actors within our ambition for lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization of our research results. 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 division and the project

The division of Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems (VEAS) focuses on engineering of systems in vehicle and robotic applications. Its strength lies in building knowledge for solving authentic problems with the aim to provide innovative solutions of industrial relevance. Theory, modelling, simulations, and experimental work form cornestones in all projects. 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.

At VEAS, the Vehicle Aerodynamics & Thermal Management research group (RVAD) focuses on different types of flow phenomena that occur around passenger cars and heavy vehicles, and the long term research goal is to contribute to minimize emissions, reduce energy consumption and control generated noise propagation. The group works mainly with research topics dealing with aerodynamics and complete vehicle thermal management. We work in close collaboration with the Swedish automotive industry through various fundamental and applied research projekts. The group has long experience with commercial CFD codes, but works also with experimental methods.

Project title:Optimized Engine Bay Encapsulations for improved Energy Efficiency, Climatization and Reduced Noise Radiation

- Increase knowledge on the utilization of energy generated in encapsulated propulsion units on BEV.

- Develop optimal processes for management of encapsulated generated heat in climatization of battery storage and passenger compartment.

- Produce physical benchmark cases for evaluation of encapsulation based CFD procedures through field and wind tunnel experiments on passenger cars and heavy vehicles.

- Advance current CFD procedures for energy efficiency estimates to include: (a) state of the art methods for enhanced accuracy in the numerical simulations of transient thermodynamic behaviour, with special attention to improve models for natural convection and radiation in confined spaces; (b) influence from different designs and degree of encapsulation; and © WLTP driving cycles for passenger cars, and the Hamburg-Kassel driving cycle for trucks.

- Chalmers University

- Volvo Trucks

- Volvo Cars

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student the major responsibilities are to pursue the doctoral studies. The student is also expected to develop his/her own scientific concepts and communicate the results of the research verbally and in writing.

- Achieve at least 67.5 course credits

- Department duties to the amount of 10% each year

- If necessary, spend time at the OEMs

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to 4,5-5 years depending on the percent of the departmental duties, where 10 % is a minimum.

Host Institution/Division/Research group: M2/VEAS/RVAD

Project objectives: Optimize engine bay encapsulations for improved energy efficiency, climatization and reduce noise radiation of passenger cars and heavy vehicles.

Supervisor name: Prof. Simone Sebben


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Mechanical Engineering or in an equivalent field.The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

- Good knowledge in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

- Good knowledge in 1-D numerical engineering tools and commercial CFD softwares

- Basic knowledge in acoustics

- Knowledge of hybrid/electric vehicles

- Knowledge of computer language programing

- Ability to work independently and in a group

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

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190264 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: 6 June 2019

Prof. Simone Sebben, email: and phone: +46703891176


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