The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2) was founded at Chalmers University of Technology on May 1, 2017. The department consists of seven different divisions within the areas of engineering and maritime sciences, and one division of administration and support. The department is characterized by an international environment with employees and students from around the world, as well as outstanding research and world class education. The department holds one of Sweden’s most extensive simulator centre for navigation and propulsion of ships, as well as world class laboratories within combustion engineering and wind tunnels. M2 conducts basic and applied research in areas such as increased security, energy efficiency and material optimization of sustainable technology solutions across all modes of transport. The department contributes to bachelor and master programs in engineering and the maritime education programs (Master Mariner, Marine Engineer, and Shipping and Logistics). In addition, further education is performed on both a national and international level, with specially designed mission training for different social actors, within our ambition for a lifelong learning. The department continuously strives to establish a cooperation between academia, industry, and society, with a great focus on utilization.

Information about the division

The Division of Maritime Studies at Chalmers at M2 is an expanding group of motivated researchers, teachers and graduate students. The activities within Maritime Studies has identified an interdisciplinary focus on studying human performance in the maritime domain both in field studies and the applications of simulation and virtual reality. Safety remains central to this vision. The Division focuses on several aspects within the field of maritime studies within the three units; Maritime Operations and Management, Maritime Human Factors and Maritime Environmental Sciences contributing to Chalmers' vision of a sustainable maritime industry.

The shipping and offshore industry have undergone considerable change in the past decades. Given this and the fact that the industry is a highly competitive business, mitigating the risk of accidents, injury and subsequent impact upon the environment from research informed pedagogy, innovation, and best practices remains central to its sustainability. The Unit of Maritime Human Factors has three research focus areas; Human Centered Design, Applied Safety and Operator Performance in Maritime Environments, using both physical and simulation technologies to support these activities. Guided by a strategic plan, the unit strives to accomplish these goals in close cooperation, with industry, government and pertinent national and international seafarer stakeholder groups. Besides the research activities, the unit is engaged in teaching and education on both bachelor and master level as well as supervising PhD-students.

The unit of Maritime Human Factors now offers a PhD-position within the Engine Room Ergonomics and Safety Research Program. The focus of this program is to improve the work environment on board in the engine department through safe and efficient design of the work space taking the technological development, changes in task performance, knowledge requirements and regulatory input into consideration. The project will build on previous research within the unit continuing the development of supportive design tools and strategies to the design of future vessels.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities 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. Your research will be supervised by well-reputed senior researchers at the involved departments. PhD studies also includes a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, designing research studies, interacting with industrial companies, collecting and analysing empirical data, and reporting research results.

Position summary
The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding normally to 10 % of working hours. The position is a full-time temporary employment limited to a maximum of 4,5 years (assuming 10 % departmental duties). The starting date is tentatively after the summer of 2017, but somewhat flexible.

After completing PhD studies at Chalmers University of Technology, you will be in great demand from Swedish as well as international industry, and you will have an excellent basis for further academic research as well. Candidates with any nationality are welcome to apply.

A Master of Science degree in area of physical ergonomics and human factors or related area.

Excellent ability to speak, read, write and present in English is mandatory. To be successful you have to be highly motivated, have a problem solving ability and enjoy working both by yourself and in close cooperation with others. If Swedish is not your native language, you are encouraged to learn it during your employment. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Experience within the shipping industry would be considered meritorious, including knowledge of the regulatory environment and work practices on board, as you will be expected to work in close contact with representatives from the shipping industry.

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

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170243 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)
• Include two references who we can contact; please note that It is highly recommended that you include letters of recommendation from your two references in your application, as we typically get a large number of applications and it is not feasible for us to request individual letters for more than two or three top candidates.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research interests and experience.
• Future goals and research focus in relation to the specific project(s) for which you are applying. 

Other documents:
• Copies of master’s or bachelor's theses where appropriate (or URL link where we can retrieve it)
• If possible, please include shorter samples of other technical texts that you have authored or co-authored (e.g. a paper or a report on a smaller project).
• 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. Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF file when possible, or failing that a small number of PDF files. Do not use zip files unless absolutely necessary. Submit no other document formats. 

Application deadline: 10 June 2017

For questions, please contact:
Fredrik Forsman, unit head 
phone +46 31-772 3688

Associate professor Monica Lundh,

Professor Scott MacKinnon,

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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 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!