PhD student or Postdoctoral position at Division of Energy Technology on Process Design

Sweden (SE)
05 Apr 2017
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05 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

PhD student or Postdoctoral position at Division of Energy Technology on Process Design

The Department of Energy and Environment excels in research and education related to energy, environment and sustainable development ranging from a global perspective to industrial, building and product issues. The focus is on experimental and theoretical research on energy technology as well as on development, use and evaluation of methods and tools for analysis of technical systems. In total around 200 persons are active at the four divisions of the department.

Information about the research and the project

We are looking for for a PhD candidate or a Postdoc with an interest in energy conversion and industrial processes. As an employee at the Division of Energy Technology you are an important part of a group of researchers with the general aim to optimize and reduce environmental impact of industrial energy use. You will be part of a research group that consists of six PhD-students and three senior researchers. In total Energy Technology has around 60 employees out of which 30 are PhD-students.

The position could be formulated as a PhD-postion or a Postdoc. The overall aim of your project is to identify cost efficient measures to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide from industrial process. During recent years it has become clear that manufacturing industries will play an important part in addressing the challenge of global warming. Your work will focus on the steel making industry that have special challenges but also opportunities when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. It will be part of your work to map and make use of these opportunities to develop cost efficient measures for increased use of biomass and other CO2 emission reduction measures in the steel industry. The project involves direct collaboration with industrial partners from important European industries.

You will work with tools like Aspen Plus, Dymola and Matlab to construct process models for evaluating different CO2 mitigation options. Part of the work will be based on methods of which there is extensive experience in the research group at Energy Technology, but the project will, however, also involve development of new methodologies. Your work will be performed in collaboration with industrial partners as well as other researcher and it will be part of your responsibilities to keep contact with the project partners. An important part of your responsibilities is also to efficiently communicate your results through scientific conferences and journals as well as project meetings and reports.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found at

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student, your major responsibilities is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years. The majority of your time is devoted to the research. In addition, the PhD program includes taking courses, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, as well as up to 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties on undergraduate or graduate level.

As a Post-Doc, your major responsibilities is to take an active part  in the research project while developing your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, in English. The position does generally not include any teaching duties. The position is limited to two years.

Position summary

Full-time temporary employment. The position as PhD student is limited to a maximum of five years and the position as Postdoc is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education (ECTS) credits in Mechanical Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent. Excellent writing and communication skills in Swedish and English are required.

To qualify as a Post-Doc, you must have a relevant PhD level degree.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application deadline: 5 May 2017

For questions, please contact:
Filip Johnsson, Energy technology, phone: +46 31 7721449

Fredrik Normann, Energy technology, phone +46 31 7721486