Two PhD positions in Energy, Environment & Complex Systems

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The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

Information about the division
At the division of Physical Resource Theory we develop knowledge for transitions to a sustainable future with a high quality of life for the global community. Our research focuses on the interactions between technology, society and nature. We use a systems perspective to perform interdisciplinary research including theory development, mathematical modeling, as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis. We aspire to pursue an active engagement and dialogue with society, through education, stakeholder interaction and support to decision makers. The division has around 50 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists.

This call is open for all students with an interest in pursuing research within the following research groups at Physical resource theory:
- Navigating sustainability transitions
- Sustainable land use & bioeconomy
- Sustainable transport & mobility
- Energy systems analysis
- Development of methodology and models for studies of societal systems
- Complex systems

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Major responsibilities
As a PhD student your main responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies, which includes work in the research project but also to undertake doctoral courses. You are expected to work independently, have the ability to plan and organize your work, to work in close collaboration with other group members and partners, and to be able to communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form, in English. The doctoral program is supposed to lead to the doctoral degree, equivalent to four years of full-time studies, which includes research, studies in courses, and participation in seminars and conferences. Included teaching obligations, the position is expected to be five years.

You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years. The expected starting date is August-September 2019.

We require a Master's degree in a field that is relevant to the research area, with an MSc thesis project corresponding to a minimum of half a study year. Excellent analytical and communication skills are required. We also expect the applicant to have the ambition to take on responsibility and ability to work independently towards set goals. The student should have good social skills and finds it easy to communicate and collaborate with many different types of people. We look for a student with a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter of choice.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg .
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190169 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

With the application, you should enclose a brief (max 1 page) description of the research direction that you want to engage in and outline the background knowledge and competence  possesses for this.

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: 30 April 2019

For questions, please contact:
Martin Persson, Physical Resoure Theory, [email protected], 031-772 2148

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***    

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 eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, 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!

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