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PhD in Motion Control for Future Trucks

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

An exciting PhD vacancy is now open at the University of Lincoln, School of Engineering (UK) in collaboration with Volvo Trucks (Sweden) to conduct research in motion planning and motion control of road vehicles. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to further a career in modern vehicle control engineering. The project team includes both academics and industrial experts, and team-working is an important part of this project.

The research will assist the development of future generations of computer-controlled trucks, which will demand the highest possible levels of performance, safety and energy-efficiency.

We are looking for a candidate with interest and experience in vehicle dynamics and control. A background in optimization and optimal control methods will be a further advantage. The basic research will take place at the University of Lincoln’s City Centre campus. The project also includes dedicated time in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the Volvo team is based. There you will work in the team of experienced professional engineers, with the opportunity to implement research results directly in test vehicles. The research will also include periods of track testing, both in the UK and Sweden.


This collaborative project will run for up to 4 years under the supervision of Prof Tim Gordon (University of Lincoln) and Dr. Leon Henderson (Volvo Trucks). The PhD researcher is expected to prepare research outputs such as reports and papers, and present the work at team meetings and at international conferences. Further opportunities will be available to contribute to teaching and other general activities at the university.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. A background in vehicle dynamics and control is essential. MSc level graduates are particularly welcome. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent report writing and English language skills. The successful applicant must be able to complete appropriate levels of UK security clearance and must therefore be eligible under all criteria associated with this.

How to apply

An initial expression of interest should be emailed to Prof. Tim Gordon. Please include a one or two page CV, plus a one-page covering letter explaining your particular interest in this project. Email

Closing Date: The position will remain open until filled, please check

Funding Notes

The project pays full-time tuition fees for up to 4 years of research, plus a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum. This increases to £20,000 after year 2 if completion within 3.5 years appears likely. Support for travel to Sweden, conferences etc. will also be provided. Optional contributions to university teaching provide additional income (at standard university rates).

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