PhD student in Energy and Environmental Engineering

Mälardalen University
November 15, 2022
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PhD student in Energy and Environmental Engineering Västeras

Mälardalen University is growing and evolving due to increased research funding from the Swedish Government. Join our team on this exciting journey towards MDU`s vision, to be a progressive and collaborative University where together we shape a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable future through knowledge and innovation. We believe that knowledge and new perspectives are best attained and reached together in collaboration with others – our colleagues, students, the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Around 20 000 students are currently studying courses and programmes with us in the various domains. We offer education in areas such as design and communication, economics, health, engineering and technology, preschool and compulsory school teacher training as well as in chamber music and opera. In most of our areas we also offer programmes entirely taught in English. We conduct research in all disciplinary domains and our research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent.

Mälardalen University is located in Sweden, on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Mälardalen is a region dominated by strong growth with several multinational companies based here such as ABB, Volvo, Westinghouse, Alstom and Northvolt. We enjoy close cooperation with the region's private sector, municipalities, and county councils.

At the School of Business, Society and Engineering our students are studying to be for example Bachelors or Masters of Engineering, political scientists and business administrators. Here we have the research specialisations of Industrial Engineering and Management, and Future Energy. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment Scope: Full time Closing date for application: 2022-11-15 Campus location: Västeras School: School of Business, Society and Engineering, (EST)

Position description

The School of Business, Society and Engineering is looking for 1 PhD student in energy and environmental engineering with focus on wind power systems. The position involves working within the research specialization Future Energy Center (FEC).

The work is part of the research activities conducted under a number of projects related to renewable energy sources and sustainability at FEC. Modelling and simulation of wind turbine performance and environmental impact will be a key focus of this work. The project also includes life-cycle assessment of novel manufacturing methods for wind turbine blades. A large part of the work will be done at - or in close contact with - several partner organizations. The successful candidate is therefore expected to have skills in energy system modelling, control, and optimization, as well as be able to interact effectively with partner research institutes, industry, colleagues and other stakeholders.

The PhD student is expected to take initiatives, develop own ideas and work independently when needed, as well as take responsibility for the work. Furthermore, the project interacts closely with other parallel PhD projects and industrial partners. Thus the applicant needs to have high collaborative skills. The PhD student needs to be able to disseminate and communicate scientific results and knowledge orally as well as in written form within existing and new networks. This includes academia, industry and society at large. The research results will be presented at project meetings, conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Employment is limited and equivalent to full-time studies at the graduate level for 4 years.


Employment as a doctoral student requires admittance to a graduate (research) program within a Swedish university. Reference is made to the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 (SFS 1993: 100). To be accepted to the graduate (research) program in Energy and Environmental Engineering the student should have one of the following:

  • Completed a Master's degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits (Swedish: civilingenjör) in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, or engineering physics.
  • Completed a four-year science education with technical content equivalent to a Master's degree within the above subjects.
  • The position requires sound verbal and written technical communication and dissemination skills in English.

    Assessment critera

    The school will select the most suitable candidate for this position following a combined evaluation of competence and skills, in addition to documented qualifications. Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. Personal suitability will be judged in relation to the candidate's capacity to effectively carry out the project research work, to integrate and contribute to a positive development of the research environment at MDU, as well as deliver value to the project's partner organizations.

    MDU continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at MDU. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.

    Further qualifications and merits

    You are open-minded and interested in collaborating across borders within and outside MDU. Interest in and experience research as well as a stay at an institution other than the one where your MSc was awarded are considered merits. Teamwork, leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills are advantages. Further qualifications and merits for the position are:

  • Knowledge in energy system modelling, environmental evaluation, techno- economic analysis, and life-cycle assessment.
  • Knowledge in wind power systems, turbine performance modelling, component design, and blade mechanics.
  • Experience in industrial R&D or in a junior academic research position within energy systems or renewable energy sources.
  • Knowledge of, experience with and interest in modeling, control and optimization of systems with commercial and bespoke tools.
  • Good programming skills and/or knowledge of e.g. Matlab, C++, Fortran, Python etc. is an advantage.
  • Experience and interest in interaction with various international partner organizations and professional management and cooperation, including representing MDH at national and international events.
  • Ability to collaborate with other researchers as well as work independently.
  • Curious, goal-oriented, flexible, ambitious, and communicative personality.
  • Interest in developing methods and bringing them into different application areas.
  • Application

    The application must be written in English and include the following: Cover letter (preferably max 1 page), short CV (preferably max 2 pages), copies of relevant previous work (such as extended course projects, thesis, scientific publications or manuscripts or technical reports, or even outline of a thesis under submission), attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates, as well as any letters of recommendation and the names and contact details of two referees. The cover letter must include a brief description of the reasons why you are interested in applying for the particular postgraduate employment, why your profile makes a good fit and your future goals.

    Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the "Apply" button below.

    The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application. Although this is the final deadline, prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, and preferably well ahead of the deadline to speed up the interview process.

    We look forward to receiving your application.

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    Union representatives:

    Michaël Le Duc (SACO), tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 02 Susanne Meijer (OFR), Tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 89

    Contact person

    Konstantinos Kyprianidis


    +46 (0) 73 270 88 97

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