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:
You will be given the opportunity to perform research in an international environment and in close cooperation with world-leading universities and industry.
Soil mechanics include theory about soil materials and foundation
engineering. The subject includes applications in civil engineering and
infrastructure, energy and mineral extraction.
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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com
Jan Laue, +46 920 491288, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Reference number: LTU-5080-2019
Last day of application: 2019-12-15
Post expires on Sunday December 15th, 2019