PhD students in Human Body Model for Neck and Torso Injury Prediction

Publiceringsdatum: 2023-11-24

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Om du redan bor i närheten av Göteborg, är det här din chans att söka ett spännande jobb Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB har just nu två lediga tjänster som doktorand. Om du vill ta din karriär till nästa nivå, ta en titt på deras jobbannons och se om jobbet passar dig! Du har fortfarande tid att söka jobbet som doktorand hos Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB om du sickar in din ansökan senast sista ansökningsdag som är lördag den tjugotredje december 2023.


Project description

The research at the Division of Vehicle Safety investigates why and how often accidents and incidents occur, driver reactions in different traffic situations, and how injuries occur. The Injury Prevention (IP) group is responsible for investigating the injury mechanisms at the microscopic level as well as the dynamic response of the whole human body to externally applied mechanical loads. The group is well known in the biomechnics community for their research in the field. The division of Vehicle Safety is sharing resources and is collaborating with other SAFER partners, including prominent Swedish Universities, research institutes, government agencies, and supporting industries. The two open PhD-student positions are in projects that aim at improving the injury predicting capacities of the SAFER HBM for further developments of protection systems and test methods that leads to a reduction of Motor vehicle occupant injury. Specific project goals are to further develop and validate the models of the neck and thorax (sternum, costal cartilage, ribs and lungs).

For the development of a representative model of the bones and soft tissues of these body regions, images from computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging will be used. Further, injury criteria and associated risk functions for the updated body parts will also be developed . In parallel, CAE simulations will be carried out with industrial partners to replicate real life car crashes. Evaluation of these simulations will add to the evaluation of the developed models and injury risk functions.

Major responsibilities

The two PhD students will be part of a international group of researchers that are developing and validating Human Body Models for industrial applications. You will be responsible for improving the biomechanical properties of the tools that not only predict pre-crash and in-crash kinematics and risk of injury but should also reflect the diverse biomechanical properties of our population in terms of height, weight, age, sex, muscle activity and tissue properties. The tools are to be validated and verified using available data and subsequently applied to studies such as accident reconstructions. The successful candidates will be challenged to keep pace with advances in biomechanics, material modelling, and computational mechanics.

The two students will be registered in the Machine and Vehicle Systems Research School. M2 PhD students are expected to teach in Chalmers Bachelor and Master's programs approximately 12% of their work time and expected to finalize the PhD in 4.5 years.

Please note that this advertisement is for two students, but you only need to send in one application for these two positions.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher educational credits in engineering or another relevant field.

Mandatory educational qualifications:

  • MSc in engineering
  • Numerical techniques
  • Mechanical engineering

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

Meritorious educational qualifications:

  • Biomechanics
  • Anatomy and medicine
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication in Swedish. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Meritorious experience:

  • Experience of crash simulations with LS-DYNA
  • Work experience within the automotive industry with experimental testing

You need to be motivated, self-propelled, and comfortable working and communicating in project teams.

Contract terms

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We offer

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. 

Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with reference number 20230702 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, reference number)

  • CV
  • Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
  • 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 experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

  • Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
  • Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: December 23, 2023

For questions, please contact:

Mats Svensson 


Johan Davidsson


Johan Iraeus


  • ** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

Om jobbet

Antal tjänster2
FöretagsnamnChalmers Tekniska Högskola AB
LönFast månads- vecko- eller timlön
Omfattning6 månader eller längre
Typ av anställningVanlig anställning


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