PhD student position in developing methods for climate optimal flying

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 May 2024

17 Apr 2024
Job Information

Chalmers University of Technology
Research Field

Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

20 May 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

For this Ph.D. position you will gain a broad understanding ranging from propulsion and the use of new fuels to aircraft performance and its operation. You then apply your knowledge to minimize future climate impact from aviation.

Information about the division and the department
The department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers conduct fundamental and applied research in all modes of transport. The division of Fluid Dynamics is one of the seven divisions within the department. Research at the division covers turbulent flow (both compressible and incompressible), aeroacoustics, and turbomachines. The research group of turbomachinery and aeroacoustics, consisting of two professors, one associate professor, one assistant professor, two researchers and nine Ph.D. students, is part of the fluid dynamics division. Focusing on the area of air transport, the group works mainly with aircraft propulsion. This includes system level assessment, engine concept evaluation, and detailed component design and optimization, such as compressors, turbines, transition ducts and heat-exchangers, through implementing combinations of numerical modeling and experiments. Based on the in-house tools developed for aircraft propulsion system design and emissions assessment, the research portfolio of the group has been expanded to multidisciplinary topics, such as improved climate impact modelling of air transport. I collaboration with the Swedish air transport authorities, airlines and aero engine industry we will try to develop new understanding for the climate impact of flying.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as a PhD student are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to conduct research activities in a national research project on climate evaluation of aircraft operation, and to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 percent of your working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years.

Read more about doctoral studies at Chalmers here .

To qualify for this position, you must have a master's degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education (ECTS) credits in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent. Other master programmes in addition to the ones listed above may be considered if documented advanced courses in related to cloud formation, climate physics, aircraft propulsion, aircraft design, aircraft navigation, trajectory optimization, multidisciplinary analysis, data science are provided.

You should also have:
- Good skills in programming, preferably Python and FORTRAN.
- Good written and verbal English communication skills are essential.
- Analytical skills, communication skills and a passion to combine theory and practice.

Additional merits that are considered:
- Experience in interdisciplinary cooperation, as well as experience in collaborations with partners outside academia are meritorious.
- Publications in related field

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

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg . 
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with reference number 20240245 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, reference 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
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-05-21

For questions, please contact:
Professor, Tomas Grönstedt,
[email protected]


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
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Chalmers University of Technology
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Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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