Position: Postdoc

Project: Predictive asset management of railway tracks

Department:  Division of Dynamics at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

Employment Type: Full time temporary employment

Dead line: 1 July 2021


The project will be part of the activities in the Competence Centre CHARMEC – Chalmers Railway MEChanics. CHARMEC, the Swedish National Centre of Excellence in Railway Mechanics, was established in 1995. CHARMEC is supported by Chalmers, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and an industrial interests group comprising nine partners. The long-term CHARMEC research and knowledge bank aim at reducing the railway’s costs for production, environment, operation and maintenance while improving safety, reliability and transport quality. Currently, some 25 research projects are carried out within CHARMEC. This project aims at providing a scientific foundation for specification and asset management of tracks with an initial focus on slab tracks and Nordic conditions.

Duration of the Job:  It is limited to a maximum of two years, starting with a one-year employment, followed by an evaluation, if the work is proceeding sufficiently well the employment will be extended for a second year. You will be employed by Chalmers and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements.


  1. A suitable background in a PhD in solid and structural mechanics, civil engineering or engineering physics with emphasis on railway dynamics and related material deterioration.
  2. The position requires oral and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not required but you will be encouraged to learn Swedish during employment. 
  3. You are expected to take initiatives, work independently when needed and take responsibility for your work.
  4. You need to have high collaborative skills as the project interacts closely with adjacent disciplines and industrial partners.
  5.  You need to be able to disseminate results and knowledge within existing and new networks. This includes academia, industry and society at large.


Applicants need to fill an online application form and submit all the required documents. The application should be marked with Ref 20210210 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• 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 research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.


Research professor Jens Nielsen, Dynamics

Phone: (+46) 703 792190 | Email:


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To know more about the department where the postdoc position will be, visit Division of Dynamics at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

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