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Information about the research

We are offering a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of particulate matter (PM) control at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

Scientific and research activities in the Department are characterized by academic excellence, international environment and close collaborations with industrial partners and other universities. Combustion Engine Research Center (CERC), which is managed within the Combustion Division, is one of the leading environments within engine technologies and development. The topics enclose engine fundamentals, modeling and simulations, and advanced measurement techniques. The attention is paid to both fundamental and applied research questions. Our research is focused to drive the shift to a future sustainable transport for society with zero local emissions.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher in this project, you will be actively conducting research work at the Division of Combustion in close collaboration with other on-going research projects. The project is partly financed by Energimyndigheten.

The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge on soot formation in internal combustion engines as well as on particulate matter (PM) transformations inside the cylinder, in the exhaust flow and in the Exhaust AfterTreatment System (EATS). The research will build upon previous knowledge from modelling and sub-system experiments (spray chamber experiments). The research will also advance the aerosol measurements limits with regard to size (below 10 nm) and time (milli seconds).

The objective is to provide experimental data for combustion and powertrain modelling in order to obtain a powertrain with essentially zero local emissions, where NOx and PM emissions are the main challenges.

The scope of the project will include both CI and SI engines, both traditional (fossil based) and renewable fuels, both engine out measurements and EATS measurements.

As the current project involves cooperation between academic and industrial partners, collaborative and communicative skills are important.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility will be to strategically pursue the research on PM emissions from internal combustion engines. You will plan and perform both dedicated experiments and collaborative experimental campaigns.

You will be guided by senior researchers and engineers at the division. You are expected to jointly author and co-author leading publications for scientific journals and international conferences. The work is meritorious for future research work within both academia and industry.

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

To qualify as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the current project, you should hold a PhD degree in a relevant field or a suitable industry-related experience. Meritorious skills includes experience and good knowledge from engine experiments (in-situ, optical), aerosol measurements (sampling techniques and instrument know-how), skills in Design of Experiments, skills in data analysis, programming and modelling (e.g. Matlab).

You like to work in interdisciplinary projects and you have the ability to discuss and communicate your work with people of different backgrounds. We also believe that you are a motivated person, with a strong curiosity and a genuine wish to learn more and develop your skills and knowledge further in the fields of research, communication and project management. 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 20170655 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: 30 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Jonas Sjöblom, Combustion,, +46 31 772 1389
Prof. Lucien Koopmans, Combustion,, +46 31 772 1387
Prof. Ingemar Denbratt, Combustion,, +46 31 772 1393

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