Research Specialist in Electrical vehicle drive systems

Chalmers University of Technology


Research Specialist in Electrical vehicle drive systems

Information about the research/the project/the division
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Today, the division of Electric Power Engineering has a total of 60 employees (including 6 professors, 15 senior researchers, 25 PhD students) from 12 countries. The division conducts research within a broad range of topics in electric power technology. Our purpose is to develop interdisciplinary research areas within the university as well as with external partners. Research activities at the division can be organized in four main areas: power systems, power electronics, electric machines and high voltage engineering. The research at the division is conducted mainly through doctoral and postdoctoral projects. Researchers in the division have the possibility to take advantage of the long tradition in research by combining both deep theoretical development and practical experiments and produce high quality publications in credible international journals and conferences. The division is very well equipped with advanced laboratories for testing and verification of models and methods. Our goals are to enhance the knowledge base regarding electrical systems for renewables, vehicles, buildings and industrial applications. The division has been involved in a number of research projects in the area of smart energy buildings and microgrids, transmission system monitoring and protection, etc., funded by EU, state funding as well as by Swedish power industry.

Major responsibilities
This position will strengthen the research area focusing on development of electrical drive trains for electric vehicles at the division of Electric Power Engineering. The main responsibilities of the position are to:


i) develop the strategic plan for the long-term research area;
ii) contribute, directly as well as in collaboration with other researchers within the division, to research activities in on-going projects;
iii) coordinate on-going projects, and develop new research projects based on knowledge and experience gained from previous and on-going projects to further develop and make the best use of research infrastructure developed at Chalmers. The position will work in close collaboration with both national and international project partners within projects;
iv) contribute to the department activities, including teaching at master and bachelor level (in Swedish), supervision of PhD students, master as well as bachelor thesis students.

Position summary
Full-time permanent employment.

To qualify for the position you must have a PhD degree in electrical engineering with a focus on electrical drive trains for vehicles.
In addition, at least three (3) years research after that in the area prior to the application is required.

To be a successful applicant we see that you fulfill the following requirements:

i) Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience in analysis of electrical systems for vehicles.
ii) A proven ability to publish in high-rank articles such as the IEEE Transactions series.
iii) A holistic view of the whole electrical propulsion system of an electrical vehicle, which knowledge of all drive train components, in particular the electrical machine and inverter.
iv) A proven ability to utilize the surrounding boundaries such as vehicle performance targets as well as drive cycles into a comprehensive analysis.
v) A proven ability to work multidisciplinary, in particular thermal and environmental cooperation´s are of great value.
vi) Experience in working in a research team with various researchers as well as with industrial partners.
vii) Experience in supervising PhD students as well as proven ability to conduct and develop lectures.


As a research specialist you´re expected to consolidate the research area and to effectively cooperate with stakeholders, partners of interdisciplinary nature, both national and internationally. An additional requirement is for you to have advanced knowledge in written and spoken English. The position also requires extensive interactions with Swedish partners and authorities. Therefore, interpersonal, networking skill and knowledge of Swedish are thus considered an important merit. The ability to teach in Swedish in the undergraduate program is a plus.

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

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. 
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190513 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application deadline: 23 October - 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Yujing Liu, Division of Electric Power Engineering,

Professor Torbjörn Thiringer, Division of Electric Power Engineering,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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