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PhD Student in Soil Mechanics with specialization in Snow Mechanics Lulea

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Background

At the division of mining and geotechnical engineering there is a group specialized in soil mechanics. Our research subjects are in addition to soil mechanics also related to for example dams and dam construction, environmental geotechnics and cold-geotechnics, which for instance include freezing and thawing, frost heave, permafrost and snow mechanics. More information about the department can be found here:

https://www.ltu.se/research/subjects/Geotechnical-engineering

You will be given the opportunity to perform research in an international environment and in close cooperation with world-leading universities and industry.

Subject description

Soil mechanics include theory about soil materials and foundation engineering. The subject includes applications in civil engineering and infrastructure, energy and mineral extraction.

Project description

Frost in the subsoil below roads and railways is of great importance in construction and maintenance in cold climates, as it leads to frost heave with subsequent frost damages. Snow is an insulating material, which means that the duration and depth of the snow cover during the winter affect the soil temperature. Snow-covered surfaces have less heat loss from the ground than snow-free surfaces, where the temperature variations in the ground during the winter also become larger. During the winter when roads are plowed, the frost penetration becomes larger under the snow-cleared road surface compared to the roadsides, which are isolated by the snow banks. The uneven frost formation results in uneven frost heave, which may cause cracks to arise in the road surface. The magnitude of the difference in frost penetration in the roadway compared to the roadside depends on the snow depth at the side of the road as well as the thermal properties of the snow. Snow is a complex material with properties that vary depending on microstructure and composition. As the snow is transformed, compacted or melts, its physical and mechanical properties also change. The primary goal with the project is to calculate heat resistance for different snow types to determine what impact snow along the road has on the scaffold in the ground. Therefore, different types of snow need to be classified and modeled.

Duties

As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as to communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. You will collaborate with researchers in other nearby projects. You will also collaborate with researchers from other universities and organizations with world-leading knowledge in the field. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student, you will also study compulsory and voluntary doctoral courses. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to practice teaching by participating in the education and the department’s courses. As a researcher, you get a unique opportunity to run challenging projects and develop your research area.

Qualifications

To be considered eligible for the position, a master’s degree or a similar higher degree in civil engineering or an appropriate field related to the topic of research is required. This might be civil engineering, geotechnics, soil and rock mechanics, or physics. Documented experience from projects or educational programs and courses related to geotechnology as well as experience in modeling and simulation are meritorious.

The following selection criteria will apply:

  • Knowledge and education relevant for the current project.
  • The quality of the applicant’s master thesis.
  • Personal characteristics relevant to postgraduate education, such as the ability to work independently and structured.

Oral and written skills in English is required. Swedish knowledge is a merit.

For further information on specific doctoral studies see,

General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

As part of our efforts to promote equality in the technology and engineering industries, we encourage applications from women. In cases where the applicant’s qualifications are equal, the underrepresented gender will be prioritized.

Information

Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Nina Lintzén, +46 920 491747, nina.lintzen@ltu.se
Jan Laue, +46 920 491288, jan.laue@ltu.se

Union representatives:

SACO-S Christer Gardelli, (+46)920-49 1809 christer.gardelli@ltu.se  
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: LTU-5080-2019

Last day of application: 2019-12-15

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Post expires on Sunday December 15th, 2019

PhD student positions in Economics Lulea

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We are looking for three to four PhD students in Economics within a new Research School at Luleå University of Technology’s Social Sciences Division. As a PhD student within the Research School you will be part of the Division’s research environment, which has some 50 employees. You will be placed in the Economics group, which has around 15 employees. Other PhD students in the Research School are in the fields of Economics, Political Science, Jurisprudence and History.

The Research School will start during the 2019/2020 academic year. Its overarching theme is the study of how society can realise the global Sustainable Development Goals (UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), which will require new forms of collaboration, new business models, new technologies, changes in legislation, reassessed norms, and different societal policies and policy instruments. Changes like these will create winners and losers and will entail important goal and value conflicts.

Research at the Social Sciences Division is oriented towards natural resource, environmental and energy issues and frequently takes place in a multidisciplinary environment where academic subjects from the Faculty of Science and Technology also participate. We strive for a clear international perspective in our research education and research.

Subject description
Economics concerns the study of how society can be organised to make efficient use of scarce resources. Research focuses on the economics of natural resources, energy and the environment. It applies microeconomic theories to study the behaviour of energy and raw material markets as well as how these markets are influenced by public policy.

Duties
As a PhD student, you are expected to be part of the research environment at the Division. This means gaining practical research experience by way of publishing scientific papers in journals and presenting at national and international conferences. You will also take PhD courses, some of which will be directly connected to the Research School. You may also have the opportunity of assuming the role of teacher. An individual study plan will be set up for your PhD path and will be followed up at the end of each semester.

You will be based in Luleå, but your PhD studies will also entail taking courses elsewhere. You will also need to travel for research and conferences. These academic ventures will help you develop valuable contacts both within Sweden and internationally. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to influence Departmental and Divisional activities, and we therefore value people with initiative and drive.

A PhD student’s work is problem-oriented. You will develop your skills in identifying, delimiting, formulating and addressing economic problems. You will also develop your skills in working on theoretical and analytical issues.

Qualifications
For eligibility as a PhD student in Economics, you will need a Master’s or other advanced degree in Economics, as well as good skills in oral and written communication in English.

Selection criteria
Selection and ranking among applicants will consider each student’s ability to complete research studies. Applicants will be assessed not only according to their qualifications in respect of the depth and breadth of their previous studies, but also as regards their critical and analytical abilities in terms of scientific output, such as their thesis work from undergraduate and advanced levels and, where applicable, other scientific output.

As part of your application you should submit your thesis/dissertation from your advanced studies. The scientific and linguistic qualities of the thesis/dissertation will be an additional assessment criterion.

Apart from the above, the following criteria will be used to assess candidates for the positions:

  • Good methodological skills, especially in environmental and natural resource economics
  • Good collaborative skills, and
  • Interest in, and ability in respect of, cooperating across disciplinary boundaries.

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of humanities and social sciences

Information
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Salary is paid in accordance with current agreements. We look positively on you being able to get started as soon as possible. For further information, please contact: For further information about the position, please contact Jesper Stage (Professor and Chair of the Economics group, phone + 46 920 493445, email jesper.stage@ltu.se) or Jerry Blomberg (Head of Division, phone + 46 920 492335, email jerry.blomberg@ltu.se).

Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, (+46)920-49 1809 christer.gardelli@ltu.se OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


Application
We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below. Along with submitting your research proposal, a CV, suggested references, sample(s) of your work and certified copies of your academic certificates, you should include a personal letter motivating your interest in this research project.

Your application and your academic diploma must to be written in Swedish or English. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference number: 5015-2019
Last day of application: January 15, 2020

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Post expires on Wednesday January 15th, 2020

PhD student positions in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lulea

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The research subject Entrepreneurship and Innovation is seeking a PhD student within the framework of a newly started research school in Industrial Engineering and Management at Luleå University of Technology. As a doctoral student in the research school, you become part of the research environment within the Industrial Engineering and Management department with about sixty employees. You are placed within the subject group for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and are part of the graduate school together with doctoral students in Accounting and Management, Quality Technology and Logistics and Industrial Marketing. The graduate school will start during the fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Entrepreneurship and innovation at Luleå University of Technology was established in 2006 and today has about 20 employees with a broad competence base. Our goal is to be an international center for the development and dissemination of future ideas in entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurship and innovation include organizational development with a particular focus on business development based on innovative products, services and production solutions, as well as ways of managing and organizing businesses. The research group collaborates with large national and international companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), policy makers and other research groups. Research results are produced in close collaboration with industry and other community actors. To strengthen our research in business model innovation, we are now seeking a PhD student.

Subject description
Entrepreneurship and Innovation comprises organizational development with a specific focus on firm development based on innovative products, services, production solutions or management modes.

Project description
The Swedish industry faces major challenges as new technologies related to AI, automation, electrification and digitization radically change the way in which companies create and deliver value. These technological transformations provide opportunities for companies to grow and realize the vision towards sustainable industry, i.e. simultaneously realizing economic, social and environmental benefits. To meet these visions, companies need to innovate their offerings, business models, and organizational configurations. Also, companies needs to increasingly look beyond organizational boundaries and form new kinds of collaboration with ecosystem partners. Of particular interest are innovative small and medium sized firms (SMEs) that drive change in the ecosystem and promote regional growth. The project will involve collaboration with industry addressing practically rooted problems. A specific focus will be placed on process- and manufacturing industries as they account for a large number of CO2 emissions, are present in the region, and currently face important pressure to develop and incorporate more sustainable technologies. Key issues will be focusing on how new radical technologies, such as AI or blockchain or new production technologies can be applied for increasing value creation and diminishing environmental impact. The project also includes creating a basis for industrial development and communicating this with participating companies through workshops, training courses, manuals and academic publications.

Duties
A PhD student position involves being part of a research group where you, in collaboration with others conduct scientific work. It includes collecting and analyzing data, and writing scientific articles, together with others in the research group and individually. The PhD student will also be a part of the newly started Research school of industrial management at LTU, which has sustainability and digitalization as the overall themes. In total, about ten doctoral students will be recruited to the research school in 2019 and 2020. The scientific work for this PhD student position will be conducted within the above-described project, and the PhD students will be responsible for relationship building and interaction with industrial partners. A PhD student position also involves participating in research courses, presenting research nationally and internationally, and participating in seminar activities within the research group. In the doctoral student position, departmental duties such as teachers can also be included (max 20%). Completed postgraduate education after a corresponding four-year full-time postgraduate education (consisting of both approved postgraduate courses and an independent doctoral thesis) results in a doctoral degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Qualifications
We are looking for candidates who preferably has a master’s degree in business administration or in industrial engineering and management or equivalent. You have a strong interest in the research project/topics described above. The position requires good knowledge of oral and written communication in English. Good knowledge of the Swedish language is a merit. At the same time as the position requires good ability to work closely with the rest of the project group, it also requires a strong own drive to be able to independently plan and manage one’s own work and be responsible for carrying out tasks within given time frames. Being a PhD student is about developing new knowledge and therefore creativity and ability to handle uncertainty and ambiguity is needed. The industrial nature of the research project with many partner companies requires that you have high social skills and are good at managing different stakeholders’ expectations.

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology 

Information
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Salary is paid in accordance with current agreements. We look positively on you being able to get started as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact: Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vinit Parida, +46 920-49 2469, vinit.parida@ltu.se and PhD candidate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lina Lindh, +46 920-492119, lina.linde@ltu.se

Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, (+46)920-49 1809 christer.gardelli@ltu.se or OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence. 

Application
We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below. In the application you attach a personal letter reflecting on the theme of the project (about one to two A4 pages) and why you are an appropriate doctoral student for this project. CV / CV, diploma (or certificate of result) and an essay / report / ex-job or other text that you have written that shows your scientific competence must be attached. CV and personal letter must be written in English. Please mark your application with the reference number below. The diploma must be written in Swedish or English.

Reference number: 5019-2019
Last day of application:
January 10, 2020

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Post expires on Friday January 10th, 2020

Post doctor in Electronic systems with focus on automation and digitalization of production Lulea

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The EISLAB division of the Department of Electrical and Space Engineering conducts research on resource-constrained embedded systems within five technology areas; sensor systems, electronics design, the Internet of Things (IoT), software systems for the digitalization of industrial systems, embedded electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electronics production. EISLAB also conducts research on machine learning.

The Internet of Things and decentralized software systems for industrial automation is an active area of research within the field of Electronic systems at EISLAB. Research in this area focuses on resource-constrained IoT platforms and how System of Systems (SoS) technologies can be used to meet the challenges of industrial production automation.

The research includes models and architectures for large scale and intelligent cyber-physical systems (CPS), security, software defined systems and interaction between systems, as well as flexibility, adaptability, availability and scalability of SoS.

EISLAB are involved in several large European projects on distributed system construction with a focus on IoT, SoS and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). Collaboration with industry is conducted via research centers such as ProcessIT (process automation), CDT (telecom), CISS (security) and CASTT (automotive).

Subject description
Electronics systems include electronics design, measurement technology and electromagnetic compatibility for control, monitoring and instrumentation of technical processes and systems, with close connection to applications and applied research.

Project description
The positions include research related to interaction between large number cyber physical systems (CPS) to complete tasks in industrial applications. Of specific interest are e.g. operational management, security management, cross-domain architectures, maintenance management, solution engineering. Results are expected to support emerging SoS frameworks like e.g. Arrowhead Framework.

Duties
The position typically involves working in collaboration with both academia and industrial partners in Europe. Collaboration with industry in the form of both future product owners and users is thus important and includes close cooperation with the software and automation industry. In this, you will work closely with other LTU researchers and take part in the supervision of doctoral students. The position mainly includes work in research projects. Teaching and pedagogical development work are also included.

The holder of the position is expected to contribute in

  • Research within funded projects in collaboration with other senior researchers at EISLAB as well as postgraduate and civil engineering students.
  • Financing activities defined in collaboration with the chaired professor and the division head.
  • Education at the university at engineering, civil engineering and postgraduate education levels, teaching and supervision.
  • Contribute to a healthy and forward-looking work climate at the division EISLAB, SRT and Luleå University of Technology.

Qualifications
To be a qualified applicant, the applicant must have a doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in CPS, distributed computer systems, computer science, digitalization / automation systems, or the like. In the first instance, it should be considered that a doctorate has been awarded for a maximum of three years before the end of the application period.

Experience in international research collaboration, university-level teaching in Swedish and English, and good programming skills are a merit for the service.

Information
The position is limited to 2 years. For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Ulf Bodin, head of division EISLAB, tel +46 920 49 3036, ulf.bodin@ltu.se Professor and head of subject Jerker Delsing, tel +46 920 49 1898, jerker.delsing@ltu.se

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

About EISLAB: http://www.ltu.se/research/subjects/EISLAB-industriell-elektronik?l=en

About the university: http://www.ltu.se/?l=en

Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, 0920-49 1809 christer.gardelli@ltu.se and OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values ​​are based on respect, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application
We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference number: 5081-2019              

Final day to apply: 5 January, 2020

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Post expires on Sunday January 5th, 2020

PhD student Architecture – Fossil free transport solutions for passenger transport in rural areas Lulea

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The research group in Architecture works with projects where physical planning, traffic, planning for sustainable development and balancing efficiency and democratic planning processes are included. We work with several related areas such as planning, urban de-velopment, transport, architecture and cultural environments. The scale varies from detailed level to larger planning structures.

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the field of architecture and urban plan-ning at Luleå University of Technology. The PhD student will work with sustainable and fossil free transport solutions for passenger transport in rural areas.

Duties
The doctoral student employment refers to studies within the existing project fossil free transport solutions for passenger transport in rural areas, funded by the Swedish Transport Administration. The overall purpose of the project is to study the different ways of individual transport in rural areas: car, public transport, bicycle, walking and moped, etc., and analyzed based on the following types of questions in relation to the purpose of the travel:
– How does individual/passenger transport work today?
– What is the need / interest of the different types of transport?
– How can more sustainable and fossil-independent transport be designed? Combina-tions of transport types?

Working as a PhD student involves both collaborating in research groups of research projects and working independently with the subproject. There are good opportunities to form daily tasks as well as research questions.

Fulltime fixed term employment for 4 years, located in Luleå. Department duties such as tuition in the department’s courses, as well as other joint duties may also be added (up to maximum 20 % of fulltime). The employment may then be extended up to a maxi-mum of 5 years. The planned start for the appointment is beginning of year 2020.

Qualifications
In order to qualify for the position, you must have completed an MSc in Architecture, Traffic or Physical Planning or have completed equivalent international education.

Selection for postgraduate studies takes place according to the ability to qualify for edu-cation, as well as grades and other qualifications. Analytical ability as well as ability in expressing themselves well in speech and writing, as well as ability to explain complex concepts comprehensively, are important both in research and in education. Good knowledge in Swedish language is required when the research assignment requires read-ing of documents and contacts in Swedish with officials and residents. Good knowledge of English, both verbally and in writing, is required for international contacts in the subject area, as well as for international publication and participation in conferences. Postgraduate education is an independent work, while it is part of the research team’s joint work, why capacity for both independent work and in group will be assessed.

The application must be accompanied by text from previous scientific writing.

The following assessment criteria apply to the position (weighted equally):
– Analytical ability
– Demonstrated ability to write scientific text
– Proven ability for independent work and in groups
– Proven collaborative ability

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Information
For further information about the position, please contact
Charlotta Johansson tel.nr.: +46 (0)920-491867, E-post: Charlotta.M.Johansson@ltu.se
Glenn Berggård tel.nr. +46 (0)920-491711, E-post: Glenn.Berggard@ltu.se

Union representatives:
SACO-S Christer Gardelli, 0920-49 18 09 christer.gardelli@ltu.se
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values ​​are based on respect, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application
We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The ap-plication should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number:LTU-5160-2019
Deadline for application: December 12, 2019

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Post expires on Sunday December 15th, 2019

PhD Student in Polymeric composite materials

Lulea

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Take the opportunity to study for a doctoral-degree in a dynamic research environment in collaboration with leading industries and universities worldwide. The Department of Materials Science at Luleå University of Technology offers persons with ambitions and interest in un-dertaking postgraduate studies within the subject Polymeric Composite Materials to apply for a PhD-student position.

Within the subject, research on new fiber-reinforced materials, manufacturing and modeling of composite properties is conducted. The research group is continuously involved in national and international projects. Part of the research is aiming at validating experimentally verified physical phenomena using relevant material models, while others are more of material or manufacturing development nature. Educational activities, including international programs on master and doctoral level (EEIGM, AMASE, DocMASE etc.) are integral parts of the ac-tivities. The group belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics.

Subject description
Polymeric Composite Materials is a research area comprising the study of processes and mech-anisms that influence the performance and properties of fiber reinforced composites, as well as the know-how regarding their manufacturing techniques.

Project description
This research project will study light and strong polymeric carbon fibre reinforced composite materials intended for use in highly demanding environments. The field of application is air-craft engines. New, light and strong materials are extremely important for the development of new technologies and components for the environmentally friendly engines of the future. During their lifetime, such components are subjected to various combinations of repeated me-chanical and environmental loads. This in turn places demands on reliable life-prediction models and general understanding of the life of the composite material under combinations of mechanical fatigue and thermal loads.

The PhD-student project aims to further develop and verify methods for characterizing and analyzing carbon fibre composites with respect to fatigue at elevated temperatures. The results will be used as input data in predictive models, also developed within the project, describing the gradual deterioration of structural properties during fatigue. The research receives support from the Swedish National Aeronautics Research Programme (NFFP) and will be performed in collaboration with partners outside the university such as research institutes, aircraft engine companies and material suppliers.

Duties
As a PhD student you are expected to perform a combination of both experimental and theo-retical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. The student is expected to work inde-pendently and take great responsibility for the progress of the research. A doctoral student will also read a number of doctoral courses. In addition, the student is offered the opportunity to try the teacher role and gain useful supervision experience.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for 4 years. Departmental duties (such as teaching) up to maximum 20 % of fulltime may be added. The position is located in Luleå.

Qualifications
For eligibility as a doctoral student in Polymeric Composite Materials, the Master of Science degree in Engineering or Natural Sciences (chemical engineering, chemistry, material science, mechanical engineering) or equivalent is required. Documented experience from projects and specialized programs/courses related to composite materials as well as experience in modelling of physical behavior of materials (including numerical simulations) and characterization is ben-eficial. 

Good skills in oral and written communication in English is required. Knowledge in Swedish is an advantage.

The following selection criteria applies:

  • Knowledge relevant to the project in question,
  • The quality of the applicant’s degree project,
  • Personal qualities relevant to education at post-graduate level.

Consult the description of the curriculum for education at post-graduate level in polymeric composite materials here:

  • General curricula for education at post-graduate level in polymeric composite materials

In the context of promoting gender balance within engineering sciences we encourage female candidates to apply. Provided that the qualifications are the same, the underrepresented gender will be given priority.

Information
For further information about the position, please contact: Patrik Fernberg, +46 920 492883, patrik.fernberg@ltu.se 

Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, +46 920 491809 christer.gardelli@ltu.se or OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 920 491792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application
We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below.

The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your appli-cation, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 4337-2019
Last day of application: 18 november 2019

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Post expires on Monday November 18th, 2019

PhD student in Wood science and engineering

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– With special focus in development of surface densification of wood
We are looking for a doctoral student to work in the field of Wood Technology at the Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå. The doctoral student will work on X-ray computer tomography (CT) scanning for the improvement of the wood industry processes, within the strategic research program CT WOOD CoE. The research program’s overall goal is to create added value by means of advanced measurement technology and digitization tools by streamlining raw material utilization from forest to final products, where the expanding timber construction sector is of central importance. CT WOOD is domiciled at LTU Wood Science and Engineering in Skellefteå, and the initiative is supported by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation/Swedish Wood, The Kempe Foundations, Skellefteå Municipality, LTU, together with the industry.

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
Wood Science and Engineering involves inter-disciplinary research into wood materials and industrial processes along the chain from the forest to the finished wooden product. The research field includes the anatomy, physics, chemistry, biology and mechanics of the wood material, and the refining of wood, product development, manufacturing technology, process optimisation and the visualisation of wood products.  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
CT WOOD will focus on applied research in close collaboration between universities, institutes and industry. The goal is to use advanced measurement technology and digitization tools to create added value by streamlining raw material utilization in the wood value chain from forest to finished product, particularly for expanding industries such as timber construction. In this doctoral project, a newly developed press for surface densification will be in production, and it will be the base for further research in the field. The PhD project will, however, focus on basic material and production aspects necessary for the development of an industrial process for surface densification based on different wood species. There are great opportunities for industrial and international cooperation.

WORK TASKS
The research field is multi-disciplinary and of both a scientific and an applied nature including fields such as materials science, physics and industrial production technology. Your work will include development of methods for surface densification in practice at pilot scale, but the understanding of the basic mechanisms of the wood material behaviour under compression, and how these can be utilized for industrial applications are central in your work. The development of measuring techniques to study and analyse wood in compression will also be important. The project will collaborate with other projects in fields such as measurement technology, material analysis, optimization of added-value in the wood-value chain, process optimization, and quality control. Advanced measurement technologies early in the process will provide the basis for optimizing subsequent production stages.

All the scientific work will be presented in English in articles in scientific journals and at international conferences. The doctoral position is unique and will lead to a much sought after competence and will give you as a researcher the opportunity to work in a creative research environment both at the Luleå University of Technology and in the organisations and companies with which we cooperate. It is planned to make the appointment in 2019.

The PhD studies is for 4 years full-time. Departmental duties (typically teaching) up to 20 % of full-time employment may be added. The location is Skellefteå.

QUALIFICATIONS
The basic requirement for an education at the research level is that one has 1) been awarded a degree at an advanced level, 2) completed courses giving at least 240 university credits, of which at least 60 university credits are at an advanced level, or 3) in some other way either in this country or abroad acquired the corresponding knowledge.

We are looking for a talented and motivated colleague who can both soley and in cooperation with others carry out advanced research in our research group. The applicant should preferably have a background in wood technology and processing, mechanical engineering, engineering physics at an advanced level, or similar subject. The applicant is expected to carry out his/her doctoral studies full-time in connection with the project described. Luleå University of Technology undertakes to provide excellent working conditions, active support from a qualified supervisory group and a proposal for a doctoral education that will lead to a doctor’s degree in Wood Science and Engineering.

The applicant shall have a clear interest in computer simulation, the experimental methods, and customary engineering issues. An active participation in the further development of the international research society will be encouraged. The applicant shall be a good team-player with a good knowledge of both oral and written English. A knowledge of the Swedish language is not a requirement, but the applicant should be prepared within a few years to be able to carry out tasks which require an understanding of Swedish.

Consideration of criteria
The selection among applicants who possess the required qualifications will take into consideration the ability to complete the research studies and the applicant’s CV. The applicant must also interact well with teaching and student groups where social competence and flexibility are important factors.

For further information about the specific subject see;
General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

INFORMATION
For further information, please contact;
Professor, Dick Sandberg, 0910-58 53 71, dick.sandberg@ltu.se

Union representatives:
SACO-S Christer Gardelli, 0920-49 18 09 christer.gardelli@ltu.se
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values ​​are based on respect, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Final day to apply: November 18 2019
Reference No. 4204-2019

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Post expires on Monday November 18th, 2019