PhD Scholarship Position in Computational Solid Mechanics

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening PhD position in computational mathematics. The funding allows successful candidate to work for five years. Applications are welcome before April 25, 2019.

Do you want to work with development of methodology for finite element analysis in material and computational mechanics? The research project concerns the multi-scale and multi-physics Finite Element Analysis of damage in Lithium-ion batteries related to electric charging-discharging cycles. In particular, we are interested in the performance of Structural Batteries, i.e. structural elements with simultaneous load bearing and energy storing functionality. We aim at establishing a numerically efficient computational homogenization scheme which includes all relevant processes and which allows us to determine effective properties of the structural element. In particular, we aim to employ Numerical Model Reduction techniques to reduce the computational cost for solving the multi-scale problem by introducing a suitable (reduced) basis for approximating the original finite element problem.

The Department of Industrial and Materials Science with approximately 200 employees is one of the leading environments within engineering research. Our vision is to ensure sustainable technical solutions to society through applied mechanics. The six different divisions conduct world-leading research, usually in close collaboration with national and international universities and industries. We also offer a wide range of mechanics based courses on the undergraduate and graduate level.

The PhD position is to be placed at the division of Material and Computational Mechanics. The activities of the division are focused on the mechanical modeling of structures, components and processes along with the involved materials, thereby providing mechanics-based solutions and virtual solution tools to our engineering challenges. Currently, about 15 PhD students are working within our main research areas: Lightweight materials and structures, Multi-phase materials, Process modelling and simulation, Railway mechanics, and Structural mechanics.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies related to the project. The major goal of the project is to develop methodology for multi-scale analysis of damage evolution in electrically cycled structural batteries. This includes the development of the mechanical models, numerical procedures and implementation in a finite element software. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. Your research activities will contribute to enhanced knowledge in the scientific field, in particular by presenting your results in scientific journals and at international conferences.

In addition to the research project, you will also take courses on the advance level within the graduate school of Solid and Structural Mechanics. The position also includes following courses within teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

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


We expect you to have a MSc in Applied Mechanics, Structural or Mechanical Engineering corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits with an emphasis on solid/structural mechanics or computational mathematics. Knowledge in solid mechanics, continuum mechanics, and FEM (including programming thereof) is required.

Since communication of knowledge results is a central part of the work, communicative skills in English (oral as well as in writing) is vital. Furthermore, it will also be expected that you can take on responsibility and have the ability to take own initiatives and, when needed, work independently. At the same time, being a successful researcher also involves working with others as well as disseminating the results within existing and new networks, both within academia but also to industry and society, whereby networking skills, team work skills and quality assurance abilities are important.

Knowledge of the Swedish language is desirable but not a requirement. Chalmers offers Swedish courses. Finally, additional meriting factors include technical development and research project skills, journal publications and industrial employment or similar experience.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190172 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


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?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 25 April, 2019

Associate Professor Ralf Jnicke, Material and Computational Mechanics

Deadline: April 25, 2019
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