Postdoc Position Dynamic characteristics of vehicles in crosswind gusts, KTH, Sweden

Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 5 Dec 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design, situated at the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering within the School of Engineering Sciences, performs multidisciplinary research in order to enable resource efficient vehicle design in the future. Our main research focus is on the vehicle as part of the wider transport system, taking into account requirements set on all system levels. The Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design collects a broad competence within the fields of vehicle concepts, lightweight structures, sound and vibrations, vehicle aerodynamics, rail vehicle technology and road vehicle dynamics.

The Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design is a close collaboration with the Swedish based vehicle industry and more information regarding the Centre and the partners can be found at

Job description

The Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design is now looking for a Post doctor within the field of Dynamic characteristics of ground vehicles in crosswind gusts.

The successful applicant will investigate the full dynamic characteristics of ground vehicles exposed to unsteady crosswind gusts. There is a need for improved understanding of how flow phenomena affect crosswind stability of vehicles, particularly with the introduction of lighter materials and the development of control systems for autonomous vehicles.

This inherently requires a multidisciplinary coupling between aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics, including driver models. The use of advanced numerical methods will provide benefits to vehicle designers, not least as experimental methods face significant challenges, such as the generation of relevant crosswind profile in a wind tunnel. This will enable the design of less wind-sensitive vehicles.


The applicant must have a PhD-degree. A suitable background for this position would be previous research in mechanical engineering, applied physics or similar. In addition, the applicant should have a background from previous research on vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, computational modelling, including relevant skills in programming and simulation tools.

A documented ability to publish work in international periodicals of high standing is a must. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project, international experience, and language skills are considered as advantageous qualifications.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for pursuing research leading to scientific publications as well as working together with specialists from other disciplines in applied research projects. The applicant should also have the ability to work independently as well as in collaborations and perform critical analysis as well as possessing good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities.

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Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application should include the following documents:

  • A one-page cover letter which format is pre-defined and can be downloaded
  • CV and a publication list.
  • Transcripts and degrees: Official documents from your previously attended University-level institutions, with certified translations in English (unless provided so by the issuing institution).
  • Letter(s) of recommendation and/or names and contact details of 2-3 referees


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2017-2134
  • Ciarán O´Reilly, Assoc. prof, +46 8-790 80 85,
Published 24.Nov.2017
Last application date 04.Dec.2017 11:59 PM CET

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