PhD Studentship in PLM

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PhD student position in product lifecycle management (PLM)

Reference number 2009/63
Application deadline 2009-05-31
The research group in Systems Engineering and PLM at the department of Product and Production Development, division of Product Development, is since a decade established as an internationally well recognized and nationally leading research group with strong networks in both academy and industry. The groups´ core competence is design theory and methodology, product modeling and product data management within the framework of Integrated Product Development, Systems Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management. All research is conducted in cooperation with industry within the Wingquist Laboratory and the Wingquist Laboratory VINN Excellence Centre (
Job description
You will be working in a research project together with industrial partners in the Wingquist Laboratory VINN Excellence Centre.

The project focuses methods for product lifecycle management (PLM) architecture development and management. Effective PLM solutions are essential for carrying out virtual product realization. Their development is a long-term strategic endeavour, where commercial and unique company-specific solutions are combined. PLM develop needs to consider both the business drivers emanating from a product’s lifecycle and new technological opportunities. PLM architectures are, however, very complex and difficult to analyze. The aim of this project is to develop new methods for PLM architecture analysis, enabling analysis of business benefits, lifecycle costs and change impact. Specifically, modular, service-oriented PLM architectures that support development of platform-based product are considered.

You will be part of an international research environment for up to five years while you expand your knowledge of the field and write your doctoral thesis. This gives opportunities for many inspiring conversations, a lot of interesting work and some travel.

The position is limited to at most five years. Usually, a PhD student will spend about 80 percent of his or her time on graduate studies (1/4 graduate courses and 3/4 thesis project), and maximum 20 percent on undergraduate teaching.

The successful applicant should have a MSc degree with a background in Product Development, Production Engineering, or Software Engineering. Experience of business analysis and PLM system development is appreciated. Teamwork and presentation skills, as well as fluent English, are necessary requisites.
Application procedure

The application shall be written in English and include the following items:

  1. An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
  2. Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letters of recommendation and name of reference persons (optional)

The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2009/63) must be written on the first page of the application.

Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg

Further information
Professor Johan Malmqvist
+46 317721382
Union representatives
  • SACO: Jan Lindér
  • ST: Marie Wenander
  • SEKO: Ralf Berndtsson

All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00