Information about the project and the division
Automated transport systems will revolutionize the efficiency of transportation of people and goods, and at the same time dramatically reduce environmental impact. This project concerns optimization of the overall transport performance by taking advantage of new possibilities for efficient communication, accurate position estimation, and smart decision systems.

The goal of this PhD project is to develop control algorithms for automated driving in a predominantly urban traffic, which may consist of conventional, electrified and self-driven vehicles. The main objective is to develop algorithms for efficient driving, e.g. in terms of energy consumption, traffic flow, component wear and emissions, while ensuring safe interaction with surrounding vehicles, pedestrians and stationary objects.

The initial part of the project is in cooperation with, among others, Volvo Buses. Specific traffic scenarios for autonomous buses will be considered, and real driving tests where developed algorithms are verified are planned within the project. The algorithm development will rely on the use of model-based control techniques that incorporate real-time positioning, predictive traffic information and communication between vehicles and/or infrastructure, while addressing the tradeoff between computational demands and optimality. Techniques, such as convex relaxations, time-to-space transformations, variable changes, model abstractions, approximations and multi-level optimization will be of main interest.

The position is with the Mechatronics group at Chalmers, where a team of PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers is working on convex modeling and numerical optimization of problems in the area of optimal energy management and autonomous maneuvering/driving. The group is a part of the Department of Electrical Engineering (E2), which to a large extent deals with the modeling and development of efficient systems for extracting and processing information. For more information on E2, see also

Major responsibilities
Your main responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own scientific studies and to develop your abilities and knowledge within the research fields covered by the project. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally at scientific conferences and in written journal articles. The position also includes certain departmental duties, typically in form of teaching, corresponding to about 20% of working hours.

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

By the starting date, the applicant should have a Master of Science degree or equivalent, corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits, in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Math or in a related discipline. A successful applicant should have a strong background in control theory and optimization and be familiar with system modelling tools. Programming skills in Matlab are required and in C/C++ are welcome. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject, excellent oral and written English communication skills are needed.

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 20170606 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: 15 February 2018

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Jonas Sjöberg, Systems and Control 
Phone: +46 31-772 1855

Ass.Prof. Nikolce Murgovski, Systems and Control 
Phone: +46 31-772 4800

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