PhD Student in Electric Vehicle Smart Charging in the Built Environment Uppsala University, Department of Engineering Sciences Sweden

PhD student in electric vehicle smart charging in the built environment

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.


We are looking for a graduate student to our Electric Transport Group (ETG), in association with the Built Environment Energy Systems Group (BEESG), at the Department of Engineering Sciences. The PhD project will investigate the potential for electric vehicle smart charging in the built environment.


Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids increase worldwide and will become increasingly common in a near future. This requires an infrastructure for electric vehicle charging, and this infrastructure must be adopted for future smart grids which also include intermittent power sources such as distributed photovoltaics. The user-optimization and design of this infrastructure is a challenge which needs to be investigated in detail, in particular it has to be connected to existing and future technology.


The work will primarily be based on mathematical modelling of electric vehicle charging, and how this interacts with both the vehicle and the surrounding electricity system, including other loads. In particular, the project will focus on so-called smart charging of electric vehicles, where matching with local power generation such as photovoltaic power generation will be part. This project will in part be a collaboration with the Swedish Electromobility Centre.


The candidate must hold an MSc degree in power systems or other areas relevant to the PhD topic, preferably with a strong mathematical and data analysis background. The data analysis and modelling for this project is primarily made in Matlab. The candidate should also have good collaborative skills as well as independence in their work. Fluency in speaking and writing English is mandatory for the position.


Departmental duties, usually teaching, will at most cover 20%. Information about graduate studies are available at the department website and the Science and Technology Faculty website, Local guidelines for salary apply.


Applications should include a brief description of research interests and past experience, a CV, copies of diplomas, certificates, copy of the thesis and other relevant documents. We want you to provide details of referees and/or attach letters of recommendation.


Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.


Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting date: 1 April 2018 or by agreement.


For more information about the position, please contact assistant professor Joakim Munkhammar, email:, phone. 018-471 3115.


Please submit your application by 21 March, 2018, UFV-PA 2018 /825.


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Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences


Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months


Pay: Fixed salary


Number of positions: 1


Working hours: 100 %


Town: Uppsala


County: Uppsala län


Country: Sweden


Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/825


Last application date: 2018-03-21

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