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.

We are looking for a doctoral student to work in the architecture research group at Luleå University of Technology in Luleå. 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 Luleå University of Technology and in the organizations and companies with which we cooperate.

The Architecture research subject is one of our 19 research subjects at the Department of Civil Engineering and Natural Resources. The research group includes about 20 people with competence ranging from urban and traffic planning to architecture and urban design, conservation and landscape architecture. Our research and education make a crucial contribution to shaping policies and planning for future cities. The Department has about 400 people with about 50 nationalities, of which 180 doctoral students and just over 50 professors. 70% of our research is externally funded and we have a well-developed international collaboration with universities in all continents. Our research and education have a strong experimental and applied profile with several large and well-equipped laboratories.

Subject Description
Architecture comprises building design, urban and traffic planning, where aesthetics is joined with functional, technical, practical and economic dimensions in relation to people, sustainability, landscape, and the built environment.

Project Description
Urban development and planning play an important role to fulfill Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate agreement. However, while cities account for 70% of the total manmade GHG emission, only 1% of this is directly controlled by municipal governments, while the rest is spread between industrial, residential, and business emitters. This project aims to develop new knowledge and methods to support the implementation of the climate goals and green energy transition in small and medium size cities (less than 100 000 inhab.). In this project, we will use the process for the development of the regional digital twin to enable co-creation between planners, companies, researchers, industry, and citizen networks.

The work will be carried out in the Architecture group of Luleå University of technology in Luleå. The research field is multi-disciplinary and of both a scientific and an applied nature including fields such as architecture, urban planning, and transport. You will work with GIS & urban analytics, geodesign, and participatory design methods. All the scientific work will be presented in English in articles in scientific journals.

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

The basic requirement for education at the research level is that you have 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 you who are a motivated colleague who can both alone and in cooperation with others carry out advanced research in our research group. You should be a good team-player with a good knowledge of both oral and written English. You should have a background in architecture, architectural engineering, or urban planning. Knowledge of digital software for urban simulation (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Urban, ADM, FME, Python, and similars) is a requirement. It is an advantage if you have previous experience in practice and/or scientific publication. Knowledge of the Swedish language is an advantage but not a requirement. You should be prepared within a few years to be able to carry out tasks which require an understanding of Swedish.

You are expected to carry out your doctoral studies full-time in connection with the project described. Luleå University of Technology undertakes to provide active support from a qualified supervisory group and a proposal for a doctoral education that will lead to a doctor’s degree in Architecture. An active participation in the further development of the international research society will be encouraged.

Fulltime fixed-termed employment for four years (up to maximum five years) regulated by the Swedish Higher Education ordinance. Departmental duties (e.g. teaching) up to 20 % of fulltime can also occur. The appointment is planned to start at the end of fall 2022 or thereafter. Location: Luleå.

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

For further information, contact:Associate Senior Lecturer,, Head of Division Glenn Berggård,, Subject representative Agatino Rizzo,

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

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.

Closing date for applications: September 4, 2022
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