PhD student position in material development for metal additive manufacturing

  • Ref REF 2022-0887

Join a team with a strong national and international network in the field of the rapidly expanding area of metal additive manufacturing. We offer unique opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge and make a difference for the future by contributing to the sustainable development involving a technology for manufacture of tomorrow!

Information about the department

The main competences at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Materials | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research focuses on the development of the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks. Equality between women and men is a prerequisite for Chalmers to be a good place to work and study, and for us to develop as a technical university. One of the department’s primary objectives is to contribute to Chalmers’ overall gender equality with particular emphasis on Chalmers’ fundamental values – quality, openness, inclusion, respect, diversity.

Information about the research

The national competence centre CAM2 (Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal) provides a unique possibility for academy-industry co-operation. The centre focuses on material development for powder-based metal AM technologies covering the whole AM chain, starting from the base powder through the dedicated AM process development, tailored post-AM treatment to the final component. The centre is hosted by the Division of Materials and Manufacture at Department of Industrial and Materials Science. The division addresses core research questions related to powder-based metal additive manufacturing, powder technology, surface engineering, 2D-materials like graphene, surface coatings, nanomaterials, metal cutting and grinding.As part of a number of research areas which have been launched and developed we take the next steps to further develop iron-based alloys for powder-based metal additive manufacturing with special focus on Fe-based alloys for powder bed fusion with particular focus on Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Beam (PBF-LB) and Powder bed Fusion – Electron Beam (PBF-EB). Today, the AM group at the division is among the largest groups in AM across Europe with senior researchers, post-docs and PhD students. We are highly motivated research group working together and supporting each other to advance metal AM in critical areas for this technology advancement. Now we are seeking a PhD student with interest in powder-based metal additive manufacturing, covering Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Beam (PBF-LB) and Powder Bed Fusion – Electron Beam (PBF-EB), with focus on development of novel Fe-base alloys for demanding applications.

Major responsibilities

The position is connected to the competence centre CAM2 | Centre for Additive Manufacture – Metal that is focused on material and process developåemnt for powder-based metal AM. CAM2 developed 15 novel AM materials for powder-based metal AM over last 5 years in close collaboration with >30 industrial partners, including 5 novel low-alloy steel powders for structural applications, that constitute the starting point for this position.Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to perform your own research as part of the research group in CAM2 Centre at Chalmers. The position may also include teching of undergraduate and master level as well as supervising master and/or bachelor students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration with academia and industry. The position offers great opportunities for future research duties within academia as well as industry or the public sector.


To qualify for the position, you must have a MSc degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits by an internationally recognized university in materials science, mechanical engineering, materials mechanics, physics or production engineering. Experience and good knowledge of metal AM, metallic materials and inorganic chemistry are considered as advantages.An interest and curiosity in the subject as well as good analytical skills are desirable. The applicant is expected to be proficient in both verbal and written English. Skills in CAD, metallurgy, powder-bed fusion AM technologies, materials characterisation, microscopy, etc., are considered as merits. Applicants are expected to demonstrate good potential within research including project management and education. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not required and Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Contract terms

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 4,5 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 Ref 20220718 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, 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.

Application deadline: January 30, 2023For questions, please contact: Prof. Eduard Hryha, director of CAM2 and topic leader: hryha@chalmers.seProf. Lars Nyborg, head of Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing Group, co-director of CAM2:

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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!