Thursday, June 30, 2011

Post-doc in Modeling Electric Motorcycles

Position Reference Number: “IDE 18/11”.

We are developing a novel modeling and simulation language called Acumen. The goal is to create a language that can significantly accelerate innovation in the design and production of cyber-physical systems. We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher interested in demonstrating the effectiveness of the language in achieving this goal in the context of smart grid and smart vehicle applications. The research leader and supervisor will be Professors Walid Taha and Veronica Gaspes.The goal of this post-doctoral position is to develop a series of increasingly more refined holistic cyber-physical models of smart motorcycles. The models will include components such as mechanics, motors, sensors, batteries, and embedded controllers. The post-doc can expect to receive assistance from experts in these various sub-fields. The project will include demonstrating the fidelity of these models with respect to physical prototypes. The post-doc will be involved in using the model to assess current research technologies, as well as incorporating resulting models in courses being taught at both Halmstad and Portland State Universities. Part of the work will be carried out at Portland State University with Professor Dan Hammarstrom and his group.


The position is intended for someone with a recent PhD degree and that has experience in modeling and simulation or the design of electrical vehicles.

Desirable skills include expertise or an interest in learning: modeling and designing a wide range of physical systems, developing embedded systems, design and analysis of mechanical and electrical systems, control theory, computer simulation, and computer graphics and visualization.

Compensation and Term:

Salary is negotiable. After taxes, the  salary is currently the rough equivalent of  US $40K/year.  The employment is time-limited to 12 months.

Application Procedure and Deadlines:

The application should comprise a single PDF file consisting of:

1) a cover letter stating the purpose of the application and a brief statement of why you believe that your goals are well-matched with the goals of this position,

2) a CV that includes at least

  • A list of previous degrees, dates, and institution
  • A list of publications and a description of previous research and other work experience
  • Links to online copies of the most important publications
  • A statement of purpose
  • Contact information for at least three references

The application should be sent as one PDF file attached to an email addressed to: The subject line of the email should be “Application to IDE 18/11”. Application must be received by 2011-08-31 to receive full consideration.  The expected starting date is 2011-10-15, or as soon as possible after this date.  For more information, contact Professors Walid Taha or Veronica Gaspes, Dean Magnus Larsson or Inger Wieslander (SACO union representative). All can be reached through the switchboard +46 35 16 71 00 or by email: