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 seeking a highly motivated PhD student contributing towards science and technology in managing hydrogen storage related rock mechanics problems. In our postgraduate education, we strive for you to develop into an expert on the subject and also develop as a person.

Mining and Rock Engineering comprises mining technology, rock engineering and rock mechanics, including rock mass properties, design of rock excavations and tunneling as well as planning and production processes related to both mining and civil engineering.

Your project Design principles in lined rock cavern (LRC) for hydrogen storage is part of the graduate school Center for Hydrogen Energy Systems Sweden (CH2ESS). CH2ESS is a research and knowledge initiative at Luleå University of Technology, in close collaboration with Swedish industry in the hydrogen area.

The project aims to investigate the LRC concept at different working conditions, develop a probabilistic approach for LRC design and improve design principles for LRC for hydrogen storage. Three senior researchers who have expertise in rock mechanics, blasting and rock cavern design will work in the project as well. We expect a close cooperation between the senior researchers and you as a PhD student as well as collaboration between university and industry.

As a PhD student, you are expected to perform both theoretical and field work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. You shall read compulsory doctoral courses too. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you may have the opportunity to try out the teaching role. You will be part of the “Network of young scientists within Hyrdogen” (NYS) within CH2ESS, and part of the Creaternity graduate school. NYS is a self-organizing network that arranges field trips, workshops, and other exciting activities to increase your future career perspectives.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must have a MSc degree in Rock Mechanics, Mining Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or Solid Mechanics. A strong background in the area of numerical modelling is required.

To be successful in this position you have to be a highly-motivated person with a great aptitude for research, a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Since some work will be conducted on site and in close collaboration with other researchers and industry partners, the ability to work collaboratively in larger groups is an important asset. You must have good skills in both written and spoken English.

For further information about a specific subject, you could refer to General curricula for the board of the faculty of science and technology.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for 4 years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties such as administration and/or teaching up to maximum 20 % of fulltime may be added.

The expected start date for the position is October-November 2022. Placement: Luleå.

For further information, please contact:Associate Professor Ping Zhang, (+46) 920-49 3016,, Adjunct Professor Lars-Olof Dahlström, (+46) 70-658 5890,, Professor Daniel Johansson, (+46) 920-49 2361,

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.

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: 2206-2022
Closing date for applications: July 31, 2022

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