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The Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a fully financed PhD study starting February 1st, 2021, or as agreed. The successful candidate will be offered a four year employment at Chalmers at the Division of Combustion and Propulsion Systems. The employment will be extended with half-a-year when at least 10% teaching duties are fullfilled. Join our team so that we, together, can accellerate the transition towards sustainable transport solutions!
Your research will mainly be experimental: Single cylinder engine tests and analysis to generate, investigate and evaluate a hydrogen internal combustion engine with emissions aftertreatment system.Information about the dívision
The division of combustion and propulsion systems is one of seven divisions at the department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences. Our commitment is to generate knowledge and methods that the society needs to be able to develop: highly efficient and ultra-clean internal combustion engines, taking exhaust after-treatment into account, and that use renewable/low carbon fuels and are a part of electrified/hybridized propulsion systems. In other words, to enable transport without toxic emissions, through:
educating top level engineers and scientistsconducting groundbreaking spray, combustion, engine and propulsion system researchstrongly couple experiment and simulationserving as a forum in which industry and academia can meet.
Project description
There is a need to discover and develop new technology solutions for vehicles, that reduce GHG gas and health deteriorating emissions. Solutions that are not dependent on a fossil energy source. Especially for heavy duty trucks, we need solutions that minimize battery need and maintain the driving range. A hydrogen internal combustion engine with near to zero CO2 and other emissions could be a viable, sustainable alternative, and it is the goal of this project to investigate if this is feasible, how this can be achieved and what the environmental impact will be.
The proposed project includes an investigation of the boundaries, potential and design parameters of a heavy- duty propulsion system consisting of an internal combustion engine operated on hydrogen and an emissions aftertreatment system. We investigate the emissions from a hydrogen engine including an investigation towards the effects of different hydrogen purity levels and other contaminations of the hydrogen-air mixture. This knowledge will be used to develop dedicated catalysts and an emissions aftertreatment system with the objective of reaching near zero tailpipe harmful emissions.Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. Your research will be supervised by well-reputed senior researchers at the department.Contract terms
The position is a full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 4,5 years full time PhD study. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to up to 20 percent of working hours.The salary for the position is specified in Chalmers general agreement for PhD student positions.
To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics. Knowledge in combustion engines, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics is considered essential. Knowledge of chemistry and measuring methods is seen as an advantage.
Collaboration, teamwork- and communication skills are considered important.
You like to work independently and you plan and think strategically. Analytic language ability is relevant and you understand complicated oral communication and written documents. You are able to write documents of high quality.
The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Englishas well as an ability to plan and organize the work involved. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to communicate in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.Our offer to you
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.
Chalmers’ vision: “For a sustainable future” distils Chalmers’ perspective on all employees. For our employees to deliver outstanding performance, they must be able to combine their personal and professional lives. Chalmers support this wherever we can to make that possible. Chalmers is working actively with diversity and gender equality for a sustainable future. We are happy to see female applicants.Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200621 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)CVOther, 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). The personal letter must clearly describe the motivation for completing a PhD at Chalmers.
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)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: 15 January, 2021
For questions, please contact:
Professor Lucien Koopmans
koopmans@chalmers.se, +46 (0)31 772138
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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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