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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 Applied Geochemistry belongs to the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, where research and education in the mining, construction and environmental areas contribute to the development of a long-term sustainable society. We are now searching for PhD student in Applied Geochemistry to be part of our research towards solving environmental issues related to critical metals crucial for green technology. Applied geochemistry at LTU includes analytical chemistry, isotope geochemistry.

Subject description
Applied Geochemistry is concerned with studies into the occurrence and mobility of the elements in rocks, soil, and water, focusing on methods to prevent or reduce the environmental impact of metal extraction and infrastructure development.

Project description
Applied geochemistry research aims to understand the occurrence and mobility of elements under natural conditions and environments affected by human activities. We are searching for one PhD student to the following project.

Geochemical studies of sources, mobility, transport, and fate of EU-critical raw materials related to enriched concentrations in soil/bedrock/tailings. The study includes mineralogical studies of solid samples, and water and sediment geochemistry of water systems downstream of sites.

As a PhD student, you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences, in scientific journals and for collaborators involved in the project as well as stakeholders interested to follow the research outcome. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies.

You are expected to be able to plan and conduct both fieldwork and laboratory work in collaboration with internal colleagues and external partners. Presentation of your work orally and in written form is an important part of the work. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop the teacher role.

To be eligible for the position, a Masters degree in Geosciences including geochemistry, Natural Resources Engineering, Environmental Science, or equivalent qualifications are required.

Besides good grades in relevant subjects from the undergraduate degree, the following merit criteria will be applied for all position:

– Good knowledge and experience in environmental geochemistry
– Understanding and skills in mineralogy
– Knowledge and experience of ArcGIS or similar
– Knowledge and experience of fieldwork in environmental geochemistry and/or mineralogy
– Good knowledge of English in speech and writing

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

Further information
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: Lina Hällström, +46

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529 and OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 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. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 4685-2022
Last day of applicationJanuary 31, 2023


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