Industrial and Materials Science (IMS)
The main competencies at the department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

The division of Design & Human Factors (DHF) conducts research about the relationship between humans and technology in a wide sense, with the purpose of contributing to a more user-centered technology development. Physical, cognitive, affective and social aspects are all taken into account. The research is interdisciplinary and is based on behavioral science and design theory, ergonomics / human factors, and theories of complex socio-technical systems. More information can be found on the division webpage:

Information about the research/the division
A Ph.D. student position is available in the area of Human Factors/Ergonomics, more specifically Predictive modelling of Cognitive and Physical loading during production assembly. The position is placed at Division Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology.

Information about the project
This project will be carried out in a highly interdisciplinary environment at the interface between production work systems and human physical and cognitive ergonomics. The aim of the project is to support operator well-being and overall system performance in manual assembly by developing predictive assessment models that help ensure a socially sustainable production work system. In modern manual assembly, operators often work under time pressure to keep up with demands on product quality, work rates and high flexibility, preferably using a good working technique. However, too-high demands on the operator´s physical and cognitive capacity due to physical and information overload often result in unwanted effects for the individual, the manufacturing quality and productivity. Today, requirements for the operator´s assembly skills (regarding both physical and cognitive ability) are often assessed (too) late in the development process of new products when it is difficult to change already decided work plans and manufacturing concepts. The aim is to develop an assessment model for early planning phases of product and production development. Such a model is urgent because crucial decisions are taken in early planning phases of new jobs and work tasks – and at an ever faster rate. Having a model to help predict and avoid potential problems in later manufacturing is expected to reduce the amount of operator-induced quality errors and cognitive load factors, and result in both human and economic benefits.

The goal of the main project is to gather and structure evidence for what this predictive model should include, primarily based on a series of deep interviews with four companies in the vehicle industry. The research will be based on experienced problems among assembly staff, operators and decision makers in design and manufacturing engineering.
http://www.chalmers. se/sv/institutioner/ims/nyheter/Sidor/Forskning-om-mental-belastning-i-industrin.aspx

Major responsibilities
The PhD candidate will work collaboratively in a research team and also independently with the design and carrying out of research studies. A large part of the work is expected to be in close collaboration with industrial company employees.

Your major responsibilities as PhD student are to contribute to the results and dissemination of the project and to pursue your doctoral studies. You are expected to collaborate in a research team, gradually increase your skills and autonomy as a researcher, develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years. You will spend about 80% of this time on graduate studies (1/4 graduate courses and 3/4 thesis project work) and maximum 20% on undergraduate teaching and other departmental tasks. You will be inscribed into the postgraduate programme and research school Human-Technology-Design. 

A higher degree than bachelor (BSc or equivalent) is necessary in order to meet the requirements to be enrolled in the research school. You typically have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Ergonomics/Human Factors, or Engineering with a profile in Ergonomics, Human Factors, or Human Factors Engineering. A mixed background in production engineering (or similar) and human factors/ergonomics is of particular value. Furthermore, experience of research and/or development work in the domain is an advantage, e.g. if you have worked with physical and/or cognitive ergonomics and/or production environments. You should be open-minded and interested in pursuing results. It is important that you have the ability to work in teams, in particular cross-disciplinary teams, but you must also be able to work independently. You should have an ability and interest to communicate your practical as well as scientific results, both orally and written. You must be fluent in English. However, due to the character of the research work, it is a great advantage for the position to be able to understand and speak Swedish.The position requires full professional proficiency in English. You will also need to acquire Swedish proficiency within 2 years. Since the research extensively builds on industry interviews, proven proficiency in Swedish is a heavily weighted merit.

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 20180048 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: 11 March 2018

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Cecilia Berlin +46 31 772 1290

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