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We are offering a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the subject of Vehicle Dynamics of Automated City Buses.

Foto: Volvo
Photo: Volvo

The position is intended for 2 years PostDoc within a project about automation of (electric) city buses together with Volvo Busses and Mechatronics group at Chalmers. The main research in Vehicle Dynamics will be in Virtual Verification, i.e. dynamic modelling (Vehicle mechanical, Vehicle control algorithms, Vehicle environment) and how to evaluate requirements. Specific requirements for the city bus project are foreseen to be: 1) Avoid interference between the vehicle's body/wheels and the edge of driveable area/obstacles and 2) Drive with good comfort and 3) Drive with high transport efficiency. Comfort in longitudinal and lateral direction is especially a novel research area, since conventional (manually driven) vehicles are not developed for such requirements. City buses are especially sensitive in that aspect since occupants may be standing. Within the project there will be good availability of test vehicles.

As PostDoc you will have your project as your main responsibility, but you will also take part in teaching to approximately 10%. It includes formulating and supervising MSc theses connected to the research project. The intention is that you also publish papers and other merits towards the academic degree Docent.

The Vehicle Dynamics group is within the VEAS division and the group is active within an area which can be spanned in these dimensions:

• From heavy vehicles to passenger cars (smaller vehicles is a possible future extension)
• Both within longitudinal and lateral dynamics, in both cases including actuator dynamics (propulsion, brake, steering)
• Both events-like manoeuvres (typically 5-10 s) and longer vehicle operations (typically 10 min to several hours). The first often addresses safety, the latter addresses transport efficiency and both address user experience.

The division VEAS focuses on engineering of systems in the application of vehicles and robots. Our strengths are the knowledge of finding solutions to authentic problems. Our aim is to provide innovative solutions to problems of industrial relevance, by means of theory, modelling, simulations, and experimental work. The division has 5 faculty members, about 20 PhD students, and a number of post-docs and researchers. The main research areas are on energy efficient, safe and adaptive vehicles, and autonomous systems operating in unstructured environments.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility will be to pursue the research and development within the project. You are expected to develop your own scientific ideas and concepts, and to communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You will be guided by senior researchers at the involved departments and companies. Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in the research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment with a competitive salary and with social benefits. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1). 

Mandatory educational qualifications: 
• PhD in Automotive, Mechanical, Mechatronics/Control, or Physics engineering

Meritorious educational qualifications: 
• Driver licence, especially for trucks and buses

Mandatory experience and skills: 
• Modelling and simulation of Mechanical and Mechatronic dynamic systems.
• Good knowledge of the English language (both oral and written), writing of scientific papers
• Leadership skills will be valuable in teaching, including supervision of MSc theses

Meritorious experience and skills: 
• Simulink, ROS/GAZEBO

You need to be motivated, self-propelled, cooperative, strategic and analytically problem-solving. It will be important to understand and be interested in the whole scope; from the operation of city buses to actuation and motion of the vehicle.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English, as well as an ability to plan and organize the work involved.

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 20170597 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 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:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Bengt Jacobson,,
+46 31-772 1383

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

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