PhD position in renewable energy technology – electricity production from ocean waves

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 26 Feb 2021

Published: 2021-02-01

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

The position will be at the Division of Electricity, at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Project description: One of the biggest challenges of our time is how to secure the energy supply of the future in a sustainable way. Ocean waves are a renewable energy source that has the potential to contribute to a significant part of the world's electricity production without a negative impact on the climate and the environment. However, no wave power technology has currently achieved sufficient performance and sufficiently low costs to enable large-scale implementation around the world. In this research project, methods will be developed that aim to increase the maintenance-free service life of wave power plants and thereby strengthen the economic conditions. The project will be conducted in collaboration with relevant industry partners within the national value chain. The overall aim of the project is to develop competitive technology for electricity production from ocean waves, thereby contributing to a sustainable future society.

We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors.


  • The doctoral student will develop theoretical concepts for plasma-treated tribological surfaces intended for dynamic sealing systems, construct a test rig for long-term tests with monitoring and measurement systems for experimental verification of the developed concepts, and evaluate test samples using microscopy and various analysis methods.
  • The main task of a doctoral student is to devote himself to his doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses.
  • The tasks may also include participation in teaching and other departmental work, however, a maximum of 20% of working hours.

Employment benefits: As an employee at Uppsala University, you are given wellness compensation for your health and a leading research environment, Read more here. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.

Employment as a doctoral student are four years full-time studies with the possibility of extension for special reasons. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines .


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in a field relevant for the position, such as electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • We will put an emphasis in your personal qualities such as analytical and communication skills. You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Merit: Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish is considered as a merit.

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 2021-03-22 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Erland Strömstedt,

Please submit your application by 26 February 2021, UFV-PA 2021/423.

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Placement: Institutionen för elektroteknik

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/423

Last application date: 2021-02-26

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