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The Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a Ph.D. student position in Applied mathematics, Materials Science within Geometry Assurance & Robust Design Group, at the Department of Industrial and Materials Sciences (IMS), Sweden – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

The Geometry Assurance & Robust Design Group
Department of Industrial and Materials Sciences (IMS)

Gothenburg, Sweden

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Qualification Details

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree in Engineering or Applied mathematics. Courses in material science, numerical analysis, FEA are meritorious. You need to be fluent in English and be able to produce high-quality written documents. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student in this project you will focus on one of the following areas:

Variation Simulation for Composites: Variation from individual manufacturing processes, together with the assembly and joining process, affect the fulfillment of geometrical requirement on the final product. By the use of variation simulation tools, the geometrical outcome of an assembled product can be predicted. Tolerances and locating schemes can then be optimized with respect to cost and quality. In the variation simulation software RD&T, developed by the research team, a FEA solver is integrated to predict how non-rigid parts or subassemblies behave after assembly. New materials such as composites put new requirements on design and manufacturing of complex assembled product. This in turn puts new requirements on the ability to simulate and verify both product functionality and manufacturability in early design stages.Research within this area will cover:- Variation simulation including new materials and material combinations- Minimization of variation due to the joining (riveting, gluing, welding…) process- Optimization of fixture design with respect to geometrical robustness, taking the joining sequence into considerationThe research will be carried out in close collaboration with our partners within the aircraft and space industry.

Quality control and Inspection: To follow up and secure the quality of a product and to monitor its fulfillment of requirements, inspection is a vital step in the product realization process. The inspection procedure needs to be fast and accurate. New, fast in-line inspection methods, based on photogrammetry, are under development. To be able to adapt the inspection data from this method to use in simulation, and to evaluate the product's or part's actual shape, adjustments for effects from gravity and effect from heat need to be made. Those adjustments will be based on FE analysis and be integrated in the variation simulation software RD&T, developed by the research group.Research within this area will cover:- Adjustments of part shapes due to gravity and effect from heat- Contact modelling- Estimating the accuracy of the inspection dataThe research will be carried out in close collaboration with our partners in the automotive industry.The position also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 10-20 per cent of working hours.

Contract terms

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 5 years.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: 20210523
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The application should be marked with Ref 20210523 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

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
  • 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.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

About the Research

The Geometry Assurance & Robust Design Group, at the Department of Industrial and Materials Sciences (IMS) and Wingquist Laboratory, conducts research on assembly modelling and analysis, robust locating system design, variation simulation, visualization, tolerance optimization, inspection preparation and use of inspection data for product and process control. The research group has over the last decade produced a number of scientific results that have been transferred into commercial software products, today used in daily operation by a large number of engineers at several international companies.

About the Employer:


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.

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Contact details

For questions, please contact:

Professor Kristina Wärmefjord,
Industrial and Materials Sciences
Email: kristina.warmefjord@chalmers.s
Phone: +46766108312

Professsor Rikard Söderberg,
Industrial and Materials Sciences
Phone: +46317728617

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