PhD Student Position in Electromobility

Uppsala University Department of Electrical Engineering


PhD Student Position in Electromobility

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

We are looking for a PhD student who wants to contribute to the transition to a sustainable transport system. The position is at the division of Electricity, department of Electrical Engineering, at the Ångström laboratory.

Project description: The energy transition in Sweden causes a large change for the transport sector as transports become more and more electrified. This PhD project aims at developing new environmentally friendly electric motors and thus contribute to the electrification of the transport sector. The majority of electric motors used for electromobility have permanent magnets with rare earth metals. This research project aims at designing electric motors without rare earth metals for electromobility with a special focus on Scania's applications in heavy transport such as buses and trucks. Different types of electric motors will be designed and evaluated. Both electromagnetic and mechanical design will be studied.

Swedish Electromobility Centre " " is a national Centre of Excellence for e-mobility with partners from Swedish universities and Swedish industries. This research project will be performed in close collaboration with Scania CV AB in the framework of the Swedish Electromobility Centre, meaning that the PhD student will belong to a PhD student network with regular meetings, summer schools etc. The research group at Uppsala University has a long experience of research on different types of electrical machines as well as a large laboratory.

Duties: The work will mainly be carried out by FEM-based multiphysics simulations, but also includes design and construction of a prototype motor as well as experiments. The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which include 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: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


  • Degree or equivalent as above in electrical engineering, engineering physics, energy systems or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • A strong motivation and ability to work individually is a merit.
  • Experience from FEM-based simulations in for example Comsol or Ansys Maxwell is a merit. It is also a merit with knowledge of electrical machines as well as experimental experience.

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: As otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Sandra Eriksson, 018-4715823, 

Please submit your application by April 6th 2020, UFV-PA 2020/817.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Institutionen för elektroteknik

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/817

Last application date: 2020-04-06

In your application, please refer to