PhD student position in Future energy carriers

Sweden (SE)
26 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

As the name suggests, the Department of Space, Earth and Environment addresses major issues. On the one hand, we focus on questions emanating from a long long time ago - the origins of universe, of our planet and of life. On the other hand, we observe what is happening on Earth today and develop methods, tools and models that enable us to look towards the future and find solutions to global challenges about resources, energy supply and environmental impact. Together we work to increase knowledge on how to best achieve a long-term sustainable planet. The department hosts two research infrastructures: Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central. The department consists of five divisions, operations support and approximately 200 employees. We are located in Johanneberg and Onsala

The aim of the Mistra Carbon Exit project is to identify and address technical, economic and policy challenges for Sweden to reach the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The Mistra Carbon Exit consortium represent a broad interdisciplinary capacity, involving several universities and research institutes in Sweden and abroad as well as relevant stakeholders in industry and public agencies.

PhD student position in Future energy carriers

Information about the project

The position on offer will join a team of senior researchers, postdocs and PhD students dedicated to research aimed identifying and evaluating pathways towards sustainable European energy systems. This position is directed towards the future role of energy carriers with focus on electricity and heat and its future use in industrial processes, including their relation to the production and use of materials such as cement, steel and production of fuels for transportation and industry. The work will be carried out accounting for the possibilities and challenges imposed by future renewable electricity systems governed by variable electricity generation (e.g. wind and solar power).

The work will combine technology assessment and energy systems modeling, applying and further developing an energy systems modeling package, developed within the research group. The model package consists of different optimization models combined with extensive databases with detailed description of electric power systems, fuel markets, wind and solar resources and Europe's industrial and residential sectors which together provide a unique opportunity to describe and analyze different development paths for all or part of the Nordic and European energy systems.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibilities as PhD student 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. You are also expected to take active part and in building and maintaining collaborative links with relevant members of the research team and stakeholders in the Mistra Carbon Exit consortium

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.

Position summary

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


To qualify for this position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education (ECTS) credits in Environmental science, Economics, Political science, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent. Excellent writing and communication skills in English is required. Similarly, excellent writing and communication skills in Swedish is meritororius.

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

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20170234 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

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

  • CV
  • 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?

Other documents:

  • Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 August 2017

For questions, please contact:

Filip Johnsson, Energy technology,, phone: +46 31 7721449
Johan Rootzén, Energy technology,, phone +46 (0)736167574
Mikael Odenberger, Energy technology,, phone +46 31 7721444