PhD Position in Renewable Energy; Electricity Production from Ocean Waves
Uppsala University Department of Electrical Engineering

PhD Position in Renewable Energy – Electricity Production from Ocean Waves

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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

The position will be at the division for electricity, at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Project description: One of the largest challenges of today is how to guarantee the future energy supply in a sustainable way. Ocean waves provide a promising source of renewable energy, but no wave power technology has yet demonstrated sufficiently high efficiency and competitive costs to justify large-scale global installation. In this research project, methods will be developed to enhance the performance of wave power farms using collaborative machine learning control and optimization algorithms. The overall aim of the project is to develop competitive technology for electricity production from ocean waves, and thereby contribute to a sustainable future society.

We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors.


  • The doctoral student will develop theoretical and numerical models for optimization of performance and electricity costs for wave power farms.
  • The main task for a doctoral student is to engage in the doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses.
  • The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties up to a maximum level of 20%.

Employment benefits: As an employee at Uppsala University, you are given wellness compensation for your health and a leading research environment, Read more here. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.

Employment as a doctoral student are four years full-time studies with the possibility of extension for special reasons. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in a field relevant for the position, such as energy systems, engineering physics, electrical engineering, or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • We will put an emphasis in your personal qualities such as analytical and communication skills. [LE1] You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.  

Merit: Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish is considered as a merit.

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-03-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Malin Göteman, 

Please submit your application by 18 January 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4619.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Institutionen för elektroteknik

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: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4619

Last application date: 2021-01-18

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