Postdoctoral position in Modular distributed drive system at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

At the department of Electrical Engineering research and education are performed in the areas of Communication and Antenna systems, Systems and Control, Computer vision, Signal processing and Biomedical engineering, and Electric Power Engineering. Our knowledge is of use everywhere where there is advanced technology with integrated electronics. We work with challenges for a sustainable future in society of today, for example in the growing demands concerning efficient systems for communications and electrifying. 

We offer a dynamic and international work environment with about 200 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society. 

The department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”.


Information about the division

The division of Electric Power Engineering is one of the four divisions within the department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. The division has a strong commitment in research and education with its tasks to develop new knowledge, combine it with experiments, and pass it on to the students and to the society. In this way, the division has been contributing to securing the international competitive position of Sweden as a whole.

The research activities on electrical machines and power electronics are represented in five areas: (1) Machines; (2) Converters; (3) Storage; (4) Charging, and (5) Propulsion systems. The vision of these research areas is to contribute to societal sustainability by developing innovative methods and technologies via high quality research in a learning-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.  

Major responsibilities
The main task for the post doc fellow will be the design and prototyping of modular, distributed, and integrated drive system for electric and hybrid vehicles.

• The post doc work is a part of an EU H2020 project “DRIVEMODE” with several academic and industrial partners. The project aims at developing next generation electric drives – highly efficient and compact integrated modular drivetrain components dedicated for mass produced electric and hybrid vehicles. The Chalmers part of the project is system design of the new concept drivetrain, modelling and research on extended functionalities of distributed drive. The system design will be conducted together with a vehicle manufacturer. The post doc researcher should be able to work independently and in team.

• The post doc will be involved in system integration, system simulation, system optimization, prototyping, and performance tests.

• In parallel to the development of electric drive module by our project partners, Chalmers will in-house implement a simplified distributed drive concept with new concept electric machines and PE in a demonstration car to generate additional data for verification of system model, control and extended functionalities e.g. torque steering etc. The post doc fellow is expected to lead the implementation, interfacing, simulation, prototyping and testing in Chalmers labs. There are several PhD students involved in the research.

• The research will be conducted in such a way that theoretical study including simulation and optimization is combined with experimental verifications.

• The research results will be published as technical reports and scientific papers on peer review journals and international conferences.

• The post doc position is limited to 2 years and will normally include 15-20% departmental work, typically as lab assistant and exercise leader of different courses.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master’s levels as well as supervising master’s and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent; the degree should generally not be older than three years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

• Good knowledge on electrical machines mechanical design, thermal analysis and thermal management, is required

• Good knowledge on power electronics, such as 3-ph converters, semiconductor devices, DC/DC converter, charging systems and their modelling methods, is required.

• Practical experience on experimental tests of electric machine and converters and knowledge of instrumentation is required.

• Practical experience on system integration of electric powertrain, thermal management, vehicle dynamics modelling and vehicle control is preferred.

• The design and simulation tools that will be used in the project include FEM tools such as Maxwell-2D, circuit simulation tools such as LT-Spice, modelling tools MATLAB/Simulink, and Solidworks for mechanical design. Experiences in some of these or similar tools are required.

• Applicants are expected to have an excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English. Since the university’s teaching activities are conducted in both Swedish and English, the knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

• A lot of the work will be conducted together with other colleagues and collaboration partners. The spirit and personal skill for teamwork are highly appreciated.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180737 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) including:
• 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:
• 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: 21 January 2019

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Yujing Liu, 
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. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!



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