PhD position in survivability and risk reduction of offshore renewable energy systems

Application Deadline: 30 June 2017

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

In the subject Engineering Science with specialization in the science of Electricity,  at the Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Electricity. The PhD project is part of the Centre for Natural Disaster Science, Uppsala University. Starting date: summer 2017.

The Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) is a national center for research on natural disasters. The research conducted at CNDS aims to improve the ability to prevent and deal with risks in society by raising awareness of the dynamics and consequences of natural hazards.

This PhD project will focus on risk reduction and improving survivability of offshore renewable energy systems, with focus on wave energy technology. Survivability in tsunami and extreme waves will be studied. Using established methods from the offshore industry, risk assessment methods will be developed and the results will be used to provide guidelines for risk reduction of offshore renewable energy installations. Collaboration and dialogue within the CNDS framework will provide an interdisciplinary platform to share and gain expertize within disaster risk reduction.

The PhD position is mainly financed by CNDS and the Swedish Research Council. CNDS offers a varied and exciting work that is designed by the PhD candidate together with the research team.

The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching). Local guidelines for salary placement are used. For further information, see and

CNDS is seeking a candidate with a MSc in engineering or science, preferably with focus on numerical modelling and offshore engineering. A strong motivation and ability to work independently is desirable, and good verbal and written skills in English are required. Programming skills will be considered as merits.

Applications should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. The candidates are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. CNDS welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

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

Starting: summer 2017.

Working hours: 100 %

Application Deadline: 30 June 2017

For further information about the position please contact
Malin Göteman, email: or visit the official website here.


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