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 Division of Product and Production Development at LTU (Chair of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Department TVM) initiates new research projects, enabling the employment of one or two PhD-students.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering is concerned with the individual processes and techniques involved in the manufacture of entire systems for industrial production, as well as their design. The division focuses on research in laser materials processing, particularly laser welding and Additive Manufacturing as well as teaching in manufacturing and production.

The PhD-student will participate in different research projects aiming for a deep process understanding of laser material processing techniques. The initial project will focus on laser powder melting for Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing) processes, embedded in a Swedish project with industrial partners. The study aims to develop a new way of iron ore reduction during Additive Manufacturing, as a new environment and climate friendly approach.

Numerical CFD-simulations (Computational Fluid Dynamics) of the melt pool will be carried out along with advanced camera observation experiments in the high power laser laboratory to understand the influence of different conditions on the physical and chemical material behavior. Material characterization will reveal the impact of the heat treatment on the resulting material properties. The PhD-student will be part of a cooperative research team that provides a friendly atmosphere, high scientific level and the opportunity for personal development.

The doctoral student’s main tasks will be to perform experimental and theoretical research in the field of laser materials processing, which will be published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major national and international conferences, finally collected and condensed in a PhD-thesis, to be defended. For graduation as doctor, courses of at least 60 course credits need to be passed. The position will include assistance in department duties, teaching in production engineering and support in the allocated projects.

University graduation (MSc or equivalent) in Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or a similar technical subject. Strong interest, curiosity and passion for research are prerequisites along with personal qualities relevant for postgraduate education, such as presentation and communication skills and analytical thinking ability. A high level of English, written and spoken, is expected. If you are not Swedish speaking you are expected to be interested in getting familiar with the Swedish language during the first two years of the PhD employment. A continuing academic LTU career can be an opportunity for further development. The majority of employees at the subject Manufacturing Systems Engineering are currently male. Therefore, we particularly encourage female applicants.

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Fulltime fixed-term employment for four years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties, such as administration and/or lecturing up to 25 % of full time may be added. Placement: Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Luleå, Sweden. Starting: according to agreement.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Volpp (LTU), Prof. Frank Brückner (Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and LTU), Dr. Himani Naesstroem (LTU)

For further information, please contact: Jörg Volpp, Associate Professor Luleå University of Technology Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden Phone: +46 920 493969  E-mail:

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

Luleå University of Technology actively works with gender equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study and work environment. The university’s values ​​are based on respect, trust, transparency and responsibility.

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

We prefer that you apply for this position via the application button below, where you enclose a personal letter, CV, other qualifications and copies of verified diplomas from universities. Please mark your application with the reference number below. The application and diploma must be written in Swedish or English.

Reference Number: 2022-2022
Deadline for application: August 14, 2022

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