PhD student in energy technology

Mälardalen University
March 13, 2023
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PhD student in energy technology 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 4 years, HF 5 kap 7§ Scope: Full time Closing date for application: 2023-03-13 Campus location: Västeras School: School of Business, Society and Engineering, (EST)

Position description

The School of Business, Society and Technology is looking for a PhD student in energy technology with focus on power system and renewable energy. The position involves working within the research specialization Future Energy Center (FEC).

The work will be carried out in two projects: FLEXERGY – Energy flexibility through synergies of big data, novel technologies and innovative markets (funded by KKS) and SENERGY-NETS - Increase synergy between different energy networks (funded by EU Horizon). The transition towards a highly renewable energy system will require enhancing flexibility of energy systems to accommodate more intermittent renewable energies and multi-energy systems, such as combined heat and power plants (CHPs) can play an important role. Decoupling the productions of heat and electricity can improve the flexibility in CHPs. Through modelling, simulations and optimizations, this work aims to develop innovate solutions that can improve the flexibility of energy systems and achieve high economic and environmental benefits.

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.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For futher information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

To be accepted to the graduate (research) program in Energy Technology, 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, Energy Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Completed a four-year science education with technical content equivalent to a Master's degree within the above subjects.
  • The applicant should have documented knowledge in thermodynamics, energy systems, and power systems. The position requires motivation for research, good oral and written communication, knowledge in English and a will to work in a multidisciplinary context and in collaboration with external partners.

    Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.


    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 and experience of modelling, simulation and optimization of energy processes and energy systems.
  • Knowledge of data driven methods for modelling and optimization.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary work and collaboration between academia and external partners.
  • Good programming skills and/or knowledge, such as MATLAB, Python etc.
  • Additional knowledge of simulation tools, such as Modelica, Aspen Plus, Ebsilon professional etc. is considered an extra merit.
  • Application

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    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.

    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

    Hailong Li


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    Anders Avelin

    Avdelningschef/Head of Division

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    Jinyue Yan


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