Faculty of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Subject description

The research subject is industrial electrical engineering, with a direction towards electro mobility

Industrial electrical engineering is directed towards technology for electrical and electro-mechanical energy conversion. The topic is by nature interdisciplinary with strong content of electromagnetism, power electronics and electronics, material science, electrical machine design, real time control, industrial automation and electrical measurement technology. The dynamics of the systems in focus has time constants in the interval 100 ns-100ms, which puts high demands on wide bandwidth control. The subject area connects to industrial automation where the research problems are described from a more overall perspective. The research in industrial electrical engineering is often inspired by industrial problems.

A large part of the research is directed towards electromobility, including all above mentioned aspects. With a maturing market for electric vehicles the interest grows in understanding what aspects that control the ageing of electrical drivetrains to facilitate "right-sizing" and prediction of failure.

The project is performed in close cooperation with AB Volvo.

Work duties 

The PhD position in question focuses on development of methods and technology for modelling and prediction of the ageing and "state of health" by measuring gradual parameter changes of electrical traction machines subject to static and dynamic thermal, mechanical and electrical stress. The project intends to create a platform for studies of how these gradual parameter changes can be used for diagnosis of state-of-health. A part of the job includes accelerated ageing of electric traction machines in lab by thermal cycling.

The work with development of diagnostic methods includes the use of numerical modelling tools like Spice and Matlab, FEM-analysis and the use of the measurement and control system LabVIEW. The work includes mechanical, electrical, thermal, electronic (soft and hardware) design of test objects with related control and measurement systems and building and commissioning of test equipment, data collection and analysis of measurements results. The work is being done in a project group consisting of several other researchers within the university as well as in cooperation with scientists at AB Volvo that focus more on the mechanism of ageing.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Industrial Electrical Engineering if he or she has:

  • at least 30 credits  on advanced level within a related field, such as a Master's degree in electrical engineering, physics or equivalent, or
  • substantial advanced course work at the Master level, or comparable, including an independent research project.

Additional requirements are:

  • very good knowledge oral and written proficiency in English.
  • experience from experimental work, for example in the form of an experimental bachelor or master project.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study
  2. an assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems
  3. written and oral communication skills
  4. other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience

Other assessment criteria: The project will make use of a broad spectrum of techniques and skills.  It is therefore of special value if candidates have a subset of the following experiences:

A master's degree in electrical engineering with a direction towards electrical machines and drives, power electronics and electromagnetic design. Prior experience from electromagnetic modelling, analysis and design of electrical drive systems is a merit.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.)

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/120
  • Mats Alaküla, Professor, +46739022145
  • Ulf Jeppsson, +46462229287
Published 11.Jan.2018
Last application date 01.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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