Information about the division and the research

The Division of Energy Technology conducts research and offers education in energy technology and energy systems. Our work is characterised by the combination of systems-level projects with research on energy transformation processes, and our participation in a great number of national and international research projects. The research of the Energy System Group focuses on energy transitions, sustainable energy systems, and energy system technology with a particular emphasis on modelling analysis of transitions of the power, heat and transport sectors.

The Swedish district heating systems today represent different ways of producing heat based on a variety of resources. Most of these resources are renewable and some of them are examples of utilization of waste and waste heat. The systems show marked scale differences where the larger systems represent complex systems making use of the options a combination of different plants provide. The future of district heating systems is likely to increase their complexity with stronger interactions with the electricity and transport sectors through polygeneration and the provision of low-cost energy storage. Many of the waste utilizing district heating systems also show examples not only of energy system interactions of various technologies but also on interactions between different public and private entities.

The selected PhD candidate should work on interactions in future district heating aided by an analysis of the past and present. What may an analysis of key factors for the past developments of district heating systems teach us about the options for future district heating systems interactions? Can the experiences made in Sweden and the Nordic countries contribute to the development of sustainable district heating systems elsewhere? An energy systems and transitions analysis methodology is to be applied including local energy transitions modelling through system dynamics and optimization modelling.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found at

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as 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. You are also expected to take active part and in building and maintaining collaborative links with relevant members of the department, research project members and stakeholders. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level and/or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years.

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

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Engineering Physics, Energy, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering. Preferably with a Industrial Ecology or Energy Systems Master Program.

Experience of energy systems modelling and inter-disciplinary work is an advantage, as are courses in economy and/or social sciences.

Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required. Writing and communication skills in Swedish are meritororius.

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 20170248 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 and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

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: 12 June 2017

For questions, please contact:
Professor Erik Ahlgren, Energy Technology,, +46 31-7725247

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