Postdoc on life cycle assessment of structural batteries in vehicles

Do you want to help in creating a more sustainable transport system? Are you interested in how life cycle assessments are done in this context? Do you like to solve problems together with other researchers?

Information about the division and the department
The Department of Technology Management and Economics broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers' Areas of Advance. The Postdoc-position is most likely placed at the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA) which conducts research in the field of innovation and sustainability studies and assessment of environmental impact of technologies. We develop and explore theories and practices for understanding and transforming socio-technical-ecological systems to better meet environmental and resource constraints. Our research requires cross- and transdisciplinary efforts combining social science with various approaches for environmental assessment. The division has around 35 staff members with diverse expertise, including engineering, natural and social scientists. If the selected candidate would fit much better in the Material and Computational Mechanics group, the position might be placed there; either way, there will be strong collaboration between the groups.

Information about the project
The specific project you will work in aims to use cutting-edge knowledge from materials developers and put this in the systems context of environmental LCA in order to provide guidance on environmental challenges and opportunities. This position therefore offers the opportunity to further develop skills as a researcher in a rapidly developing field, potentially with major implications for society, in particular with regard to the transportation system. You should be interested in further developing LCA methods and practice as well as to contribute to materials and policy development around the new concept of energy storage in structural elements in a vehicle.

Major responsibilities
You will run this specific project that aims at performing and further developing LCA on the use of SBCs in vehicles. You will be supported by senior researchers from the two fields and collaborate closely with researchers in both groups. On parts of your time you might also contribute to other related projects depending on the funding situation. You will also teach in courses at the ESA division and participate in various division activities as well as seminar series or discussions in both involved groups.

You have a PhD in a relevant field which builds on a master degree in engineering or similar. You have a lot of experience of performing LCA and preferably in the context of vehicles, batteries or composites and for early stage technologies or in new materials development.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two 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 20230379 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 as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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 research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-09-03

For questions, please contact:
Prof, Magdalena Svanström, Environmental Systems Analysis,, +46317723001

Prof, Leif Asp, Material and Computational Mechanics,, +46317721543

Senior researcher, Hans Hellsmark, Environmental Systems Analysis,, +46317728169

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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!


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