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Open position: Doctoral Researcher in energy efficient off-road machinery



DSII position with Patria

Apply by January 16th 2024

Doctoral Researcher in energy efficient off-road machinery


The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University explores research questions that are directly relevant for industry and business. Tampere University hires a Doctoral Researcher to complete a four-year, company-sponsored dissertation project under the joint supervision of a university professor and a company representative. 


The sponsoring company for this position is Volvo Construction Equipment. Volvo Construction Equipment, a division of Volvo Group, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction equipment such as wheel loaders, haulers, excavators, road machinery, and compact machines. DSII offers Doctoral Researchers a unique opportunity to undertake dissertation research, gain a thorough understanding of product development, tackle real-world business challenges and expand their professional networks. Job description


The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in the field of off-road mobile machinery. The research will focus on novel hydraulic system powering the work functions of an excavator. The main motivation for the research is improvement of energy efficiency of the machine. The research concentrates on experimental study of the excavator’s efficiency and controllability enabled by the novel system.


As a Doctoral Researcher you will carry out the research work and take the relevant courses to complete the post-graduate studies. The research work includes not only planning and realization of experimental tests, but also study and development of control methods. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.


At the university, the work will be supervised by Postdoctoral Researcher Mikko Huova and Senior Research Fellow Matti Linjama. From Volvo CE there will be supervision from senior corporate researchers having long application know-how . You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives. 


The tasks of all Doctoral Researchers will also include teaching duties that amount to approximately 5% of their annual working hours, unless there are justified reasons to the contrary.


By participating in DSII events, excursions, meetings and training sessions with your fellow doctoral students, you will both get and provide peer support and make your own contribution to the development of DSII. Requirements


You need to have an applicable master’s degree in automation, machine design/mechanical engineering or fluid power, or a related discipline in science or engineering. Good skills in MATLAB/Simulink are required and knowledge about mobile work machines. Experience in modelling and simulation of mobile machinery is considered as an advantage.


You also need to have an enquiring mind, enjoy problem-solving and be able to think independently while also being able to work in a team. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required.


Please note that before commencing in the position, the selected candidate must apply for study right within the doctoral programme at Tampere University, unless they already have one. Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements.


Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition/bildung, and learner-centredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work. You need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required. How to apply & more info The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in spring 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the Tampere University.

Please submit your application by January 16th, 2024. For further information, please contact:


Mikko Huova, mikko.huova@tuni.fi


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