Project description

The goal of this project is to a deliver novel method that allows exploration of a range of alternative concepts that use data and knowledge from existing products and their manufacturing constraints. The information obtained from studies using the method should support cost and value assessment of alternative concepts. The method developed expect to be defined in a modular way, to be further matured by integrating into existings industrial environment for digital experiments.

As a means to implement and demonstrate the applicability of the these methods and tools, the aim is to further develop the concept of digital product family design platform and efficiently ensure that the large amount of data within the production can be feed back to the earlier phases within product development to improve new products and ensure quality and productivity efficiency. The project is conducted in close collaboration with GKN Aerospace.

The Systems Engineering Design Group, one of three research groups at the division of Product Development, and part of the Wingquist Laboratory focus our research 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 technology integration and assessment in complex products.  The resesearch 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.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student you will learn, and develop new methods and tools for modeling and assessing impact of new technologies onto the product and production platforms onto system behavior. The methods and tools are a part of building next generation digital design and engineering capabilities for product development, enabling  more flexible design and integration of new technologies.  You will work in research projects together with our  industrial partners (GKN Aerospace).  As a PhD student, 20% of the position include teaching duties.

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

The successful candidate for this position has a Masters degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in mechanical engineering, automation, applied physics, engineering mathematics, computational mechanics or aerospace engineering. You are interesed in applied, industrial, product development, along with a strong interest in modelling, simulation and computational methods and tools. Good written and oral communication skills in English is required, and in Swedish meriting.

We believe that you as a person are curious and open for interdisciplinary challenges, collaborative oriented both with academic and industrial colleauges, and you have a passion for combining theory and practice.

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

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190617 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 research fields and main research results
• 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, eg. 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: 17 December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Ola Isaksson, Division of Product Development, +46 31 7728202

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

The Department of Industrial and Materials Science
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.


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 eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 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!