University West, Department of Engineering Science

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 15,000 students and 675 employees.

University West is looking for a PhD Studentship in Electrical Engineering - Focus on electric driveline in vehicles

The research group within an all-electric propulsion system adapted to the transport sector at University West is currently researching electric drivelines with electric machines based on the alternative magnetic material ferrite. The doctoral project relates to the development of control and steering systems for a full-scale electric motor adapted to the automotive industry. Central aspects are simulation and design of inverters and software. The research group currently has a close collaboration with the automotive industry and the project will be conducted together with Volvo Cars and the academic partner Uppsala University.

The PhD Studentship scientific work within the project
The PhD Studentship is specifically aimed to the development of control and steering systems for an electric motor adapted to the transport sector. The development of simulation models, hardware and software together with the full-scale verifying experimental work is an important and central part of the scientific work.

Subject area: Electrical engineering

Research environment:
The PhD-student in Electrical Engineering become members of the research group Electric drivelines adapted to the transport sector. The group collaborates with the region's automotive industry and the Production Technology Center, where there is an advanced research laboratory.
The doctoral student position is enrolled at Uppsala University, of which the degree is from Uppsala University.

Job description:
The PhD Studentship involves, in addition to participation in the doctoral program's courses and other activities, the implementation of an independent dissertation. As a doctoral student, the employment period is primarily devoted to postgraduate education. A doctoral student must normally work with education and administration to a limited extent. Such work may, before the doctoral degree has been completed, not cover more than 20% of full-time work (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 2). Departmental service (20%) is mainly carried out in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Qualification requirements:
The basic eligibility requirements for PhD studentship as set out in the Higher Education Ordinance are as follows:

  • A degree at master’s level,
  • completed courses totaling at least 240 university credits of which a minimum of 60 at master’s level or,
  • substantially equivalent knowledge gained in some other way whether in Sweden or abroad.

Selection among the applicant shall be made with regard to the ability to assimilate the PhD studentship and the ability to put the knowledge into practice during departmental service.

In order to succeed in postgraduate education, applicants should be highly motivated, apply a structured approach, be communicative and have a good ability to collaborate. The applicant must have a good ability for analysis and problem solving.

Duration and terms of employment:
An employment as a PhD-student shall apply until further notice, however, no longer than a certain time and never longer than one year after completing the doctoral degree. The first employment may be valid for a maximum of one year. The employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. The employment corresponds to four years of full-time studies for a maximum of eight years (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 7).


Applications are to be submitted electronically through the University West web-based recruitment tool, Varbi.
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The application must include:

  • CV/Personal qualifications
  • Degree project of second level of higher education
  • Degree certificate of first and second level of higher education
  • Other documents which the applicant wishes to invoke
  • Personal letter containing:
    • o Interest in the research topic
    • o Previous experience regarding the proposed research topic and its research methods and scientific theories
    • o Motive to pursue doctoral studies

Approved written languages regarding papers, diplomas, grades and other relevant documents are the Scandinavian languages and English, or translations into those languages. Attach the original when submitting translated documents.

The application should reach University West no later than 2021-01-29

Documents that cannot be sent digitally, mark the application with 2020/215 and should be sent to:

University West
461 86 Trollhättan

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Trollhättan
County Västra Götalands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/215
  • Håkan Jensen, Head of Division, 0520223473,
  • Boel Ekergård, Senior Lecturer , 0520223275,
  • Chamara Kumara, Ph.d Committe , 0520223359,
Union representative
  • Henrik Johansson, SACO, +46520-22 33 25
  • Victoria Sjöstedt, OFR, +46721-60 01 57
Published 11.Dec.2020
Last application date 29.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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