Postdoc in agrivoltaic systems and agricultural technology

Ref 2023/0601

Mälardalen University is growing and evolving due to increased research funding from the Swedish Government. Join our team on this exciting journey towards MDU`s vision, to be a progressive and collaborative University where together we shape a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable future through knowledge and innovation. We believe that knowledge and new perspectives are best attained and reached together in collaboration with others – our colleagues, students, the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally. Around 17 000 students are currently studying courses and programmes with us in the various domains. We offer education in areas such as design and communication, economics, health, engineering and technology, preschool and compulsory school teacher training as well as in chamber music and opera. In most of our areas we also offer programmes entirely taught in English. We conduct research in all disciplinary domains and our research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent. Mälardalen University is located in Sweden, on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Mälardalen is a region dominated by strong growth with several multinational companies based here such as ABB, Volvo, Westinghouse, Alstom and Northvolt. We enjoy close cooperation with the region’s private sector, municipalities, and county councils. At the School of Business, Society and Engineering our students are studying to be for example Bachelors or Masters of Engineering, political scientists and business administrators. Here we have the research specialisations of Industrial Engineering and Management, and Future Energy. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment, 2 yearsScope: Full timeClosing date for application: 2023-06-24Campus location: VästerasSchool: School of Business, Society and Engineering, (EST)

Position description

The Future Energy profile at Mälardalen University is currently hosting several research projects on agrivoltaic systems. The agrivoltaic research group conducts several research activities on modelling, simulation and optimization of different types of agrivoltaic systems with the support of experimental activities. The trial activities concern both electricity conversion and agricultural production. The experimental activities on agricultural production focus mostly on plant adaptation measures under shading conditions, effects of shading on soil moisture and leaf area index, and effects of shading on photosynthesis, among others.

The position is a temporary employment of 2-3 years.

Qualifications requirements

The applicant is required to have a PhD degree in energy engineering, electrical engineering, or agricultural science. The applicant must have completed the degree no more than three years before the end of the application period.

In particular, the applicant should have a background in agricultural engineering and experience in laboratory and field trials of agricultural production, including irrigation. Experience with programming tools such as Python or MATLAB is a requirement. Experience with environmental monitoring systems is advantageous. The position requires a strong motivation for research, good oral and written communication in English.  

Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organisation. 


It is meritorious for the interest to apply academic knowledge in practice and to collaborate with academic and industrial partners, nationally and internationally. The applicant should clearly explain in the application how his/her own knowledge can be used to fulfill the research goals and contribute to the agrivoltaic research sector. It is also an advantage to have previous experience in designing and simulating agrivoltaic systems, as well as performing experiments for agrivoltaic systems.

The university will primarily consider a person who, after an overall assessment of documented merits and skills, appears to have the best ability to carry out the work and contribute to a positive development of the research direction Future Energy.


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Mälardalen University Division of Human 2023/0601 Box 883 721 23 Västerås

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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