PhD students in Systems Engineering Design

The Systems Engineering Design Group at the department of Industrial and Materials Science now has open PhD student positions in Systems Engineering Design. As a PhD student you will be a part of developing engineering methods, tools, theory and practices for engineering design in collaboration with high-profiled industrial partners in Sweden and Europe. As such you will be a part of the industrial transformation to a more digital and sustainable future.

The division and the department
The Systems Engineering Design Group is one of three research groups at the division of Product Development, and part of the Wingquist Laboratory. The SED group research focus is on design and development of complex products in close collaboration with industrial partners, nationally and internationally. Topics include development methodologies such as Set Based Concurrent Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, development of methods and tools for platform based development and value driven design. The research group is led by Professor Ola Isaksson and has presently 7 full time  senior staff (2 professors) and 9 PhD students. The research team addresses highly interdisciplinary challenges and is well established both scientifically and industrially, with several industrial PhD students and associates senior researchers.

The main competencies at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

Project description
We are launching several new national and European projects with industrial partners in space, aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry, and seek PhD students with a dedicated interest in product development and how engineering methods and tools can be better used to serve the emerging needs, as industry faces new, disruptive technologies (electrification, additive manufacturing and more) while digitalization bring new ability to model, evaluate, connect and visualise situations during design and product development. All PhD positions address design and evaluation of multidisciplinary design problems such as:

How to bring in new manufacturing technologies into industrial practice, especially additive manufacturing? (See a. below).

How to strengthen the ability to automatically explore and evaluate alternative design concepts for new aero engine components? (See b. below)

How to make us of digital twins to concurrently design multi-technological products?  (See c. below) and

What engineering decision support is needed for designer engineers when introducing radical and novel and sustainable technologies? (See d. below).

We need to strengthen the research group in several related areas (see a-d below) including both development of next generation engineering modelling and design automation tools and design methods for integration of new technologies such as additive manufacturing. The introduction of new technologies into new complex products why mastering multi-disciplinary design situations, require automation of engineering tasks but also to understand systemic behavior such as impact on sustainability and how the product behave in its use situations. PhD students have a sincere interest in developing their knowledge into latest technologies such as additive manufacturing and tools for data analytics, advanced modelling and simulation but also a sincere interest in understanding industrial scale situations and problems.

We now seek 4 PhD students in neighboring areas, for which you are encouraged to express your specific interest in an application. The areas are

a. Digital Design for Additive Manufacturing (AM). Design using additive manufacturing require ability to account for a range of aspects (topology optimisation, materials, production, post processing and life cycle behavior) in conceptual design studies. The research focus on digitalisation aspects for industrialisation of additive manufacturing in the conceptual design phase.

b. Generative automated design (KBE) enabling enable digital experiments. The application domain is primarily technologies for next generation aircraft engine technologies and their integration in propulsion systems. The position requires interests in advanced CAD and Design Automation (e.g. KBE) as well as ability to represent also novel technologies from different disciplines (materials, electronics) and evaluation methods.

c. Digital Twin driven modelling of multidomain dynamical systems. Design and evaluate system solutions combining disciplines (mechanical/electrical/hydraulic/software). Design and develop decision support tools and methods for integrated assessment of the value of alternative system architectures. Application domain is primarily next generation satellite propulsion technologies.

d. Design for disruptive technology product and process integration. Focus om modelling and simulation of balancing conflicting needs with new technologies. Industrial challenges are analysed and the product concepts need to enable definition and evaluations of margins and value, with respect to e.g. novel and sustainable technologies.

As a PhD student, 20% of the position include teaching duties.

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

To qualify for this position, we would like you to have a Masters degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in mechanical engineering, automation, applied physics, Industrial Design Engineering or similar. You have an interest in applied, industrial, product development, along with a strong interest in modelling, simulation and computational methods and tools.

Knowledge in product development methodology. For b. programming and software skills in engineering environments (Python and CAE scripting) and for c. software and programming skills (e.g. Simulink, Modelica, Python) and/or Machine Learning skills are needed.

Good written and oral communication skills in English are required, Swedish is meriting.

We believe that you as a person is curious and open for interdisciplinary challenges, collaborative oriented both with academic and industrial colleagues, and have a passion to combine theory and practice.

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

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

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210067 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 experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Clearly state your main interest to areas a, b, c or d
• 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: 5 March, 2021

For questions, please contact:
Professor Ola Isaksson, Division of Product Development, 0317728202

*** 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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