Chalmers is looking for three new PhD student positions in Industrial Digitalisation for Smart and Sustainable Production in Industry 5.0

Universities and industries around the globe are focusing on industrial digitalisation for sustainable, resilient, and human-centred manufacturing – often called Industry 4.0 or 5.0. Chalmers is a highly recognized university in this area, with strong international networks and large projects. We are now looking for three strongly motivated PhD candidates to join us in the Division of Production Systems, a dynamic and diverse team of 25 researchers, teachers, PhD candidates, and support staff.

The three positions offered are within the field of industrial digitalisation, targeting one or more of the following research areas: Smart Maintenance, Future Work, Human/Robot Collaboration, Digital Twins, Industrial Sustainability, and applied AI in manufacturing. Typical industrial application targets are manufacturing in the automotive, electromobility, battery, aerospace, telecom, and food sectors. The Stena Industry Innovation Lab at Chalmers will give you advanced lab facilities for experiments and demonstrations.

Information about the division and the research
The Division of Production Systems addresses the challenges of industrial digitalization for smart, sustainable, and human-centred manufacturing. We work closely with industry to enable design, operation, and maintenance of future production systems. Our research focuses on several parts of the systems, for example collaborative robots, human work, automation, digital support tools, applied AI, and advanced connectivity. We analyse large and small production systems in terms of productivity, sustainability, reliability, and safety. We operate one of the most advanced manufacturing research labs in Sweden, Stena Industry Innovation Lab. Please find more information on our web page.

The Division of Production Systems is part of the Department of Industrial and Materials Science – IMS, which has expertise ranging from early industrial design phases to development and operation of Production systems. The department develops the industrial process – from customer need to finished products – while creating added value. We gather internationally renowned researchers in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks. Please find more information about IMS on our web page.

Major responsibilities
Your work as PhD candidate will be done in collaboration with researchers, supervisors, industry, and PhD students within the Production Systems division and the IMS department. You will also collaborate with other departments and universities, nationally or internationally. More than 80% of your time will be dedicated to research and courses required for obtaining a PhD. Remaining time will be devoted to teaching or other tasks. You are expected to complete a PhD degree in 4 years, which may extend to a maximum of 5 years when including ≤20% teaching or other tasks.

Your main tasks as a PhD student are to:
• Contribute to research projects in collaboration with industry and other universities or institutes
• Study PhD courses
• Publish research results in scientific journals
• Contribute to international scientific conferences
• Teaching in courses within the scope of Production Systems
• Develop your pedagogic and teaching skills and develop a personal pedagogical portfolio.

The position requires a Master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in, for instance, mechanical engineering, production engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, industrial ergonomics, software engineering or similar, with a thesis project corresponding to at least half a year of study. Courses and/or a Master thesis project in the areas mentioned above or other areas of direct relevance for the research are meritorious.

We look for PhD students with a strong motivation and engagement; cooperative mindsets; analytical skills, communication skills; and a passion for combining theory and practice to contribute to the sustainable development of industry/society. We expect the applicants to be quality conscious, ethical, and have the ambition to take on responsibility to work independently and in collaboration with both academic and industrial partners towards set goals. The positions require full professional proficiency in English. You will also need to acquire Swedish proficiency within 2 years. Experience from multi-stakeholder interactions and industry experience are meritorious.

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

We offerChalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers. Chalmers also aims to actively improve our gender balance and the Division of Production Systems has long history of good gender balance. Chalmers also work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence.

Application procedureThe application should be marked with Ref 20220125 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
• Describe your previous experiences relevant for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. 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: 28 April, 2022

For questions, please contact:
Professor Johan Stahre, Department of Industrial and Materials Science

Professor Anders Skoogh, Department of Industrial and Materials Science

Professor Björn Johansson, Department of Industrial and Materials Science

*** 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 six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, 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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