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PhD student position in Optimal usage and properties of second life batteries for energy storage – Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2022


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PhD student position in Optimal usage and properties of second life batteries for energy storage at the division of Systems and Control, Department of electrical engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 - 5 Years
Salary: Subject to norms

Department of electrical engineering
Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersplatsen, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Qualification Details

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits preferably in control, electric power engineering, computer science, engineering physics or similar. Previous experience of battery management systems, data science and power systems is a merit.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Second life batteries are batteries that have ended usage in their first application but are in a sufficiently good condition to allow a second application. Soon there will be very large quantities of such batteries from electric vehicles. That and their short response-time make them highly interesting for power grid applications, where they can be used for power peak shaving, frequency control, and to compensate for variations in renewable energy sources, all utterly important in the development towards a fossil free energy system. Optimal battery management of such systems, however, is still poorly studied and highly challenging because of the large variability in the properties of old cells, and a general lack of knowledge of the ageing of 2nd life batteries. Development of general self-adapting ageing models will therefore be an important topic of the research.

This project is part of a new National research centre, Swedish Electricity Storage and Balancing Centre, administrated by the department. To ensure appropriate relevance you will work with specialists in the involved partner companies, Volvo GTT, Volvo Energy and BatteryLoop Technologies.

Your major responsibility is to pursue research in line with the project, publish, and present scientific articles, and take part in discussions. As part of your PhD you will receive further education by courses relevant for your research, research project, automatic control in a wide sense, and your future career. You will also be expected to participate in teaching activities in the field of Automatic Control.


How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 20220609

Application Procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20220609 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:

  • Copy of 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.

About the Department/Section/Group

The position is with the Automatic Control group, comprising about 35 researchers at the division of Systems and Control, which has about 100 employees and is the largest division of the Department of electrical engineering. Aiming for a sustainable world, the group is involved in many research projects on energy savings using automatic control methods. In general, the projects are carried out in collaboration with other research groups, institutes and industry, and often in interdisciplinary constellations. The BMS (battery management system) team, within Automatic Control, is the leading team on BMS research in Swedish academia, with a successful focus on modelling, estimation and control. For its battery research, the team has received the Volvo Car Technology Award and has published over 40 top tier journal papers and several patents. The working environment is international and characterized by openness.

About the Employer: Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), Sweden

Note or Other details

The position is a full-time temporary employment for four years of PhD studies extended up to five years to accommodate teaching performed at the department.

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

Torsten Wik, [email protected]
Changfu Zou, [email protected]

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Published on: | Last Updated: Nov 23, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team