Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

The research subject Product Innovation wishes to recruit one or several PhD students to research projects about production innovation for sustainability. More specifically it is about production development for resilience, sustainability and circularity through close collaboration between actors involved in the value chain, both small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger corporations.

The research subject Product Innovation focuses on various aspects of innovation in the product development process, from early phases of innovation to production and lifecycle commitments, and research results are translated into methods, tools, prototypes and demonstrators for industrial as well as academic settings.

Subject description
Product Innovation comprises theories and methods for needs- and knowledge-driven development processes where products and services are linked.

Project description
The projects are about developing decision support systems and frameworks for proactive work with sustainability and resilience in the development of both new and existing production systems. The research identifies important aspects of a competitive, sustainable and resilient production system and supports the ability of manufacturing companies to create future-proof production systems in efficient industrial value chains, based on circularity, in terms of minimal waste and long-term overall sustainability, including social, ecological and long-term economic values.

The postgraduate education corresponds to four years full-time studies and will result in a PhD degree. Administration and/or lecturing of maximum 20% of full-time may be added. Location: Luleå.

The doctoral studies involve study trips, conferences and company visits, which promotes the development of valuable contacts, both in Sweden and internationally. You are also given opportunities to influence the activities of the department, the division and the research subject.

The tasks are varied, and you work independently with e.g. PhD courses, planning and performing empirical studies, leading change work, writing scientific articles, participating in seminars and conferences and completing your doctoral dissertation. In addition to contributing to the academic environment in the form of increased understanding and knowledge of the subject, the research results are also developed into methods, tools and guidelines for industrial application. The work therefore involves close collaboration with representatives from industry.

You are part of the subject area Product Innovation and will be part of the two Graduate Schools Creaternity and Humans and Technology at Luleå University of Technology, as well as the national graduate school Produktion2030. The PhD education includes a number of doctoral courses where several are taken together with doctoral students in the graduate schools. Within the graduate schools, workshops and conferences are arranged.

Qualifications and experience
We seek a candidate with master’s and bachelor’s degrees within engineering, e.g. Industrial Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Innovation Management, Sustainable Production, or similar. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required. Swedish is a merit. Evidence of proficiency in scientific writing and hands-on experience and expertise in e.g. business development, sustainability, production, innovation and change management, especially in the metalworking industry, are considered an advantage. Moreover, the work requires teamwork and collaboration skills, as well as independency and a strong personal drive to finish tasks.

Also refer to the General syllabus for education at third-cycle level in Product innovation.

Further information
For further information, please contact the Head of Subject Professor/Chair Product Innovation Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, +46 (0)920-49 3262, or Head of Division Jörgen Normark, +46 (0)920-491480,

Union representatives:SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529, OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792

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

Please apply for the position by clicking on the application button below. The application must include a cover letter and a description of your research profile explaining how the research profile supplements our research subjects and our research questions. Moreover, we ask you to submit your CV including referees and university degree certificate(s). Please mark your application with the reference number below. The application and university degree certificate(s) must be written in Swedish or English.

Reference number: 2680-2022
Closing date for applications:
 September 15, 2022

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