A PhD student in Electronics with focus on reconfigurable battery system

Mid Sweden University, The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering

At the department, education is conducted in the subjects of computer engineering, electronics, electrical engineering and sound production. The research at the department takes place at the research center Sensible Things that Communicate (www.miun.se/stc) and deals with sensor-based systems and services for use within the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Job descriptionIndependent third-cycle studies encompassing research (100%). The research work for this PhD position will be carried out in the Power electronic group. You will be part of a research environment working in fields of power converters, electric powertrains, energy storage in transport and power grid applications. Electric energy storage systems will be a very important part in both electrification of transport system as well as supporting the power grid for peak-shaving and stabilization.

The PhD position focus on a case of reconfigurable battery system development for improved energy efficiency, flexibility and redundancy. For high reliability, battery pack and individual cells need extensive monitoring and modelling for state of charge and state of health estimations. In the project, reconfigurable battery management systems will be developed based on embedded systems utilizing models and/or machine learning approaches; different energy storage applications both in automotive and power grid will also be investigated and developed for improved performance and flexibility.

As a PhD student in the Power electronics group, you will be a vital part of the research group, collaborating with other PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers. Your studies will consist of courses and own research work, developing your competences through both theoretical studies and experimental investigations. You are expected to bring forward own ideas in the development of our research agenda, and to actively contribute to the publication and presentation of the research results. The research group, in turn, will provide a forum for discussion, supervision and assistance during your studies, supporting your research and career development.

Entry requirementsGeneral entry requirements include a second-cycle level qualification, or fulfilment of courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or the equivalent knowledge gained in some other way in Sweden or abroad. Specific entry requirements include at least 90 credits in the subject of electrical engineering, electronics engineering or computer engineering, or the equivalent knowledge gained in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Assessment criteriaThe assessment of applications to this PhD position will be based on the applicants’ previous experience (e.g., thesis works, projects, internships, and work experience), the relevance of undergone educational programmes and courses, results of previous studies, and the applicants’ vision for the intended PhD studies.

We see it as an advantage if you enjoy the multidisciplinary work at the intersection of mechanical, electrical and embedded systems. Previous experience in power electronics is beneficial, but not mandatory. You should have previous experience in programming of embedded systems and preferable also electronics hardware development.

Personal qualitiesIn addition to your technical competences, your suitability for PhD studies will be evaluated based on your ability to collaborate with others, to work independently, and to communicate clearly in English.

Employment processProcessing of the appointment will comply with the provisions in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, and will be carried out in accordance with Mid Sweden University’s Employment Procedures

Terms of employmentThe doctoral studentship position corresponds to four years of full-time studies and is expected to lead to a Degree of Doctor. The entry date is 1 September 2023, or as agreed.

Initial doctoral student positions are valid for a maximum of one year, after which the position may be renewed by no longer than two years at a time. Provisions regarding doctoral studentship employment can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

Place of employment: Sundsvall
Salary: In accordance with Mid Sweden University’s salary scale for doctoral students.

InformationFor more detailed information contact Prof. Kent Bertilsson, Kent.Bertilsson@miun.se phone: +46 (0) 10 142 89 15), or the Head of department, Patrik Österberg Patrik.Osterberg@miun.se, phone: +46 (0) 10 142 86 14).

ApplicationApplication documents must be submitted in Swedish or English.

The application must include a CV, transcripts from your prior degree programme(s), and a letter of motivation.Please send in your application through our recruitment system no later than 2023-06-20.

Mid Sweden University has two campuses; in Sundsvall and in Östersund, both located close to students, colleagues and the surrounding society. At the same time, it is located conveniently close to the sea, forests and mountains, which provides a great quality of life. Here, new knowledge is created by means of internationally successful research and education that contribute to the development of our society. This way, we actively contribute to a sustainable future and a better world. Welcome to a university where people meet, get inspired and think in new ways.  Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization. Prior to any recruitment work, Mid Sweden University has taken a position on consulting support, recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore kindly ask media vendors, recruitment sites and the like not to contact us.

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    Full time

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    The entry date is 1 September 2023, or as agreed.

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    According to salary ladder for doctoral students

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    Västernorrlands län

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    MIUN 2023/1394

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    1. Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-1428809
    2. Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
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