Post Doc in Acoustics; Sound Quality in Road Vehicles and Driving Patterns

Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences


Postdoc in Acoustics: Sound Quality in Road Vehicles and Driving Patterns

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and 'Open entrance', as well as a number of international masters programmes.

The Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design, at the Department of Engineering Mechanics at 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 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

With the emergence and prospect of an increasing share of electric vehicles in the road transport system, there is a need for increased kowledge and understanding on the associated noise emissions and propagation paths from electric vehicles, as well as the consequences for example in terms of the way drivers or other exposed subjects may be affected. A further understanding of this interaction may be most beneficial in order to influence the design phase such that the sound characteristics may be tailored so as to positively impact the vehicle-user interaction. Focusing first on the driver, understanding this interaction and being able to control the sound field inside the driver’s compartment may open the potential for influencing a driving behaviour aligned with environmentally-friendly driving patterns.

The project will thus focus on the characteristics of noise emission and transmission from electric vehicles, starting with trucks (in collaboration with Scania via the Center), with the aim to be able to promote the engineering of positively-perceived soundcapes. In this context, the applicant will work on general issues of psychophysical theory and experimental methods. More specifically, the research involves planning and performing listening tests and managing associated hardware. Calculations of psychophysical parameters and statistical analysis of the experiments are also planned as well as publishing the results.

What we offer

-An international workplace.
-A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
-Colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.
-A multidisciplinary research environment which collaborates closely with industry
-Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.



A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree within the field of Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Acoustics/Psychoacoustics, or similar, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Good English skills, both orally and in writing.

Preferred qualifications

We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently as well as in an international research team. Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills are a requirement.

The candidate shall have good English skills, both orally and in writing. The following qualifications are particularly highlighted:

-Research expertise (Acoustics, Psychoacoustics).
-Educational ability.
-Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.

Good academic writing skills (in English) and a track record of publishing in international journals

Knowledge in and/or experience with psychophysics would be an advantage

We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to cooperate and to work independently as well as in an international research team. Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills are a requirement.

For KTH and the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality are of high importance.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Publication list

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

Temporary employment for up to 12 month, or by agreement.

About the employment

The position offered is a 1-year position with the possibility to extend one extra year. Maximum 20 % of teaching may be included in the position

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

Other information

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancies between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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-2020-0895
Susann Boij, lektor,
Romain Rumpler,
Published 30.Jun.2020
Last application date 17.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CET

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