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 Fluid and Experimental Mechanics at the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics at Luleå University of Technology are performing research and education within the field of Ecohydraulics, where the environmental impact of Hydropower is one of the most important issues. Hydropower is the largest source of renewable energy globally and stands for about 17 % of the world’s electricity production. Hydropower is facing new technical challenges as more intermittent renewable energy sources are introduced, older machines need to be restored, adaptations to climate change are required and new environmental rules and regulations needs to be followed. One of the most important issues is how a modernization of Hydropower should be implemented to fit both an energy system in transition and a future sustainable society while maintaining biodiversity.

The division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics is therefore providing a PhD position in the field of Fluid Mechanics with a focus on Ecohydraulics. You will also be a part of the Swedish Centre for Sustainable Hydropower (SVC) within the new program Environment and Society where you, together with other researchers, will be developing the sustainable hydropower of the future.

Subject description
Fluid Mechanics comprises the study of flow in porous media, multiphase flow and rheology, linked to industrial production, fluid flow optimization and design of energy technology applications and magneto hydrodynamics.

Project description
You will work within a group that performs research on Hydraulic Engineering and Ecohydraulics where one of the main objectives is to reduce the local environmental effects from Hydropower. The aim of this specific project is to investigate flow in shallow waterways with large bed roughness such as rapids, tributaries, and spillways. By performing experimental investigations in a lab environment, the knowledge regarding the hydraulic processes that occur in these waterways is increased that is then utilized in environmental applications such as complex habitat and fish migration for different species. The project also has industrial relevance and is carried out in collaboration with Vattenfall Research and Development.

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 and in scientific journals. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try the teacher role. The tasks also include participating in seminar activities and other forms of research exchange within SVC. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects. Specifically, you will work with developing new experimental set-ups to increase the knowledge regarding flow in shallow waterways, but also develop tools and methods to integrate these flow properties into biological applications to create a better overall picture of the ecological impacts that are crucial to determine Hydropower’s place in a future sustainable energy system. The project could also involve field measurements for model data or validation.

You should have completed 300 credits within Physics and Electrical Engineering, Space Science, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering or equivalent with 60 credits on an advanced level and several courses coupled to Fluid Mechanics. You should also have proficient skills in both written and spoken English and Swedish. Knowledge in hydraulic experiments, rough surface flows, hydraulic modelling, CFD, GIS, and programming is a merit.

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%. Placement: Luleå. Starting: as soon as possible upon agreement.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor, Anders Andersson, (+46)920-49 2065,

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: 783-2023
Closing date for applications:
 March 17, 2023


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