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Thesis Work - Design to control a thermal runaway

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 



With the rapid development of electrification, the design of Li ion batteries has received increased attention in recent years. Volvo Cars has set clear targets how to become the fastest transformer in the electric premium segment. By mid-decade at least 50 of our sales are to be 50 % full-electric – then all fully electric by 2030. 


At the Traction Battery department our work is constantly focused on sustainability and safety.

One of the many exciting challenges with high-voltage systems is how to design the battery system to safely control a thermal runaway.

Are you up for playing an important role for our electrification journey, working with battery containment, and making our cars one of the safest in the world? Then this opportunity at the Traction Battery department within propulsion is the place for you to prosper!  

We are an international team working Agile, managing parts and systems such as battery tray, battery lid, brackets, gaskets, thermal protective structures, and deal with multiple joining techniques. We have the joy of doing all detail design work ourselves, it is 100% Built to Print parts and we create all technical documents enabling our supplier base to manufacture our parts. 

We will challenge you and expect you to do the same to bring out the best from each one of us!

You will be working with the system and parts which guarantees that battery thermal runaways are managed in a safe and predictable way. During your work you will get support and cooperate with your tutor and your other future colleagues within the traction battery department. You will be part of a highly motivated team where there is strong interest in creating new insights.


Your thesis will build on the team’s experience with the aim to propose improvements to an existing design or come up with a completely new solution! 

The project will include:
•    Identification of requirements, functionality and constraints
•    Benchmark competitor / state-of-the-art solutions
•    Identification and generation of new concepts 
•    Concept selection 

Key metrics will be: 
•    Function 
•    Cost
•    Manufacturability
•    TTM (time-to-market) 
•    Sustainability 


By performing this thesis, you will gain skills and know-how within the battery and electrification area and as well you will get the chance to work with designing parts in our CAD tool, Catia. You will also be able to practice your collaboration skills in a cross-functional environment with for example our manufacturing and purchasing colleagues. 

Your contribution is our future
We are looking for one or two motivated students pursuing a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, engineering physics or similar. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written English, are needed. Competence is important, but personality is key! 


•    The duration of the Thesis is 20 weeks
•    The Thesis starts in Jan 2023 or earlier if possible.
•    30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your Thesis Advisor in University 
•    This thesis is suitable for 1- 2 students 


Be part of the change – apply today! 
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your resume and cover letter stating your interests within the given area and your thoughts and credentials. Please note that due to GDPR applications by email will not be accepted.


Apply as soon as possible but no later than 17th of October. 

For questions about the thesis work please contact:
Recruiting Manager, Magnus Bertilson at
or your future Supervisor, Patrik Olsson at


We are Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future. Since 1927, we've known for our commitment to safety and for creating innovative cars that make life less complicated. In 2010, we decided to radically redefine our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technology, as well as steady growth and record sales - and we're only getting started. By 2025, we aim to have yearly sales of 1.2 million cars, 50% which will be electrical vehicles and sold directly to customers through digital channels. We also intend to strengthen our position as a modern, progressive employer committed to diversity and gender and racial equality. We believe in the power of people. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars' transformation.

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Job requisition ID:  61839

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