How can we reduce the environmental impacts of the European aggregates industry? The aggregates industry is of utmost importance as a material supplier for buildings and infrastructure development. The aim is to evaluate the environmental impact of different quarries 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 and simulation. 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.
The research position is within the H2020 European project Innovation Digital Sustainable Aggregates Systems (DigiEcoQuarry). The scope of the project is to design, develop and validate environmental impact in a new system that will be developed within the DigiEcoQuarry 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 aggregates quarries. This PhD position project objectives include evaluating environmental sustainability through the deployment of technologies to reduce industry emissions and reduce energy and water demand. This will include process and equipment modelling, life-cycle assessment (LCA), and site visits for data collection and experimental work.
You will work closely with other PhD students and senior scientists within the Chalmers Rock Processing Systems group and other researchers within the European project and other international collaborations.
Department of Industrial and Materials Science
The main competencies at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers are found in the areas of Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from the need to finished product while creating added value. Combining skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers in dynamic and outstanding research environments and national and international research networks.
Information about the division
The position will be based at the Division of Product Development. 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.
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 and have the ability to plan and organise your work. You will work in close collaboration with other group members and partners. It is important that you are 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.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.
The position requires a Master’s degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in engineering, mathematics, environmental science, or related fields with a proven interest in environment or technology studies. You should be familiar with programming languages, have proven experience of speaking and writing in English, spoken Swedish is also merit (Chalmers offers Swedish courses as well), excellent academic track record, and finally a strong motivation and commitment to scientific inquiry.
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The application should be marked with Ref 20210287 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)
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.
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Application deadline: 30 June, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. The expected starting date is September 2021.
For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor Gauti Asbjörnsson, IMS