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PhD Student Position in Sustainable Raw Materials Production – Chalmers University, Sweden, May 2022


The Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a Ph.D. research position is within the Horizon Europe project Circular Ecological Critical & Essential Raw Materials (ROTATE) at the Division of Product Development, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Sweden – May 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Aug 2022
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Industrial and Materials Science

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), Sweden


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Qualification Details

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree in engineering, mathematics, environmental science, or related fields with a proven interest in programming, environment and technology studies. You should be familiar with programming languages, have proven experience of speaking and writing in English, The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Spoken Swedish is meritorious. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses. You have an excellent academic track record, and a strong motivation and commitment to scientific inquiry.

Responsibilities/Job Description

How can we reduce the environmental impacts of the European raw material industry? The resource utilization and their circularity is important to achieve sustainable raw material supply for the different industries within Europe. The aim is to evaluate the environmental impact of different quarries and mines in Europe and assess the improvements the deployment of different technologies can have on sustainability. The PhD research is focused on the analysis of the environmental impact through modelling, simulation and optimization. You will be part of a research group, Chalmers Rock Processing Systems, which has strong national and international collaborations to aggregates production and minerals processing.

Information about the division and the project

The position will be based at the Division of Product Development, Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers. The Division of Product development provides new methods and tools for virtual platform-based development of sustainable and robust products and product development processes in a life-cycle perspective, focusing on the manufacturing industry. The Machine Element Group (Also called Chalmers Rock Processing Systems group) deals with modelling and optimisation of components and machines in industrial applications. Current research activities are centred around process modelling, optimisation and environmental impact assessments for aggregates production and minerals processing.The research position is within the Horizon Europe project Circular Ecological Critical & Essential Raw Materials (ROTATE). The scope of the project is to design, develop and validate environmental impact in a new management system that will be developed for mines and quarries within the ROTATE project. The system comprises of tools and methods for data capture, sharing and analysis to provide integrated digitalised, automatic and real-time process control for extraction and processing of raw materials, including Critical Raw Materials (CRM) and aggregates. This PhD position project objectives include evaluating environmental sustainability through the deployment of technologies to reduce industry emissions and energy consumption. This will include process and equipment modelling, optimization, life-cycle assessment (LCA), and site visits for data collection and experimental work.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD candidate, your main responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies, which includes working on the environmental aspects from aggregates production within the European project DigiEcoQuarry and undertaking doctoral courses. You are expected to work independently, have the ability to plan and organise your work, work in close collaboration with other group members and partners, and be able to communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form, in English. The doctoral program is supposed to lead to the doctoral degree, equivalent to four years of full-time studies, including research, coursework, and participation in seminars and conferences. Including teaching obligations, the position is expected to be five years and around 20% of the position includes teaching in relevant courses.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 20220160

Application Procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20220160 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).

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Contract terms

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

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Contact details

For questions, please contact:Assistant professor Gauti Asbjörnsson, Industrial and Materials ScienceEmail: [email protected]

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