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Thesis Work - Chaos engineering in the Core System

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! 




Chaos engineering is a term coined up by Netflix in 2015 [1]. It is the discipline of experimenting on a system in a production like environment to build confidence in the system's capability to withstand turbulent and unexpected conditions. This process makes for more comprehensive and effective vulnerability testing, which benefits the end customer and the organization.



We want to introduce testing on the core system and specifically on the power and the network domains. In other words, we want to cause power failures and network failures and see how the system behaves. This task will introduce a modified VCU (Vehicle Computational Unit) and VIU (Vehicle Integration Unit) rig, where the core network (Ethernet) and power supply (VBAT domains) can be dynamically modified during the test runtime and assert whether the system operates normally. This involves:

  • setting up the special hardware rig
  • writing the software to cause these faults - we use robot test framework/python
  • creating a test orchestrator, output parser and anomaly detection system in python



Do you like to hack and tinker with system wide functions? Do you have some experience with Linux (tc, iptables, scripting), python, and docker? Do your studies include computer science, and/or electrical engineering courses? Do you like breaking things and digging deep to figure out why the system is broken? Do you understand IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4) networking, vlans, and routing? Then you must apply! We are looking for you.



  • The work will start earliest in spring 2022 (flexible arrangement possible)
  • The duration for this thesis work is 22 weeks.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) in agreement with your Thesis Advisor at your University
  • This thesis is to be conducted by 2 students in tandem.
    Note that in case you do not have a partner to apply together, we may pair you.


How to Learn More and Apply
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your personal letter, CV, and grades/references for relevant courses/projects in English.


Due to the nature of this thesis, on-site work is required in accordance with recommendations from the public health's agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) and/or the government of Sweden. The Lund site is located at Scheelevägen 19, 223 63 Lund / Ideon Park.


Welcome with your application by submitting your resume and cover letter no later than 2021-12-21. Interviews will be held continuously. Response can be delayed due to Christmas holiday.


Due to GDPR, applications via email are not accepted.


If you have any questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact the Philippe Burlion (hiring manager) or Nikolaos Korkakakis (supervisor) at student-work.lund@volvocars.com. Use the exact thesis title as subject prefix.


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Lund, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  55940

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