Research Assistant Position SFPE Smart firefighting project at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering (PA2024/1448)

Updated: 19 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 May 2024

Description of the workplace 

Within the Department of Building and Environmental Technology there are several divisions conducting research and teaching related to society's needs for infrastructure and construction. As part of this activity, consideration of safety aspects and development of methods for dealing with dangers in society is also included. The width of such safety-related research ranges from ensuring that buildings are designed with satisfactory safety in terms of load-bearing capacity and indoor climate to safety in the event of accidents and fires. The activity is not limited to the built environment alone, but also includes other accident types such as landslides, natural disasters and forest fires. Research and education are then about understanding the phenomena that cause accidents and to develop methods to be able to deal with them.

The activities are carried out in smaller research groups often connected to a certain subject area. But the work is also characterized by interdisciplinary activities in both research and education. Within the immediate group, fire safety engineering research is conducted and the group consists of around 20 researchers and administrative staff. Most have their workplace in Lund, but some staff have their workplace in another location.

The work environment is characterized by commitment, cooperation, creativity and personal responsibility. It is stimulating work with varied tasks, which is why there are good opportunities for professional development.



We offer 


Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.
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Work duties 

The research assistant will be engaged in the SFPE-funded “The interface between digital buildings and fire service operations” project. This is project with international collaboration led by Lund University (Sweden) and with participation of the International Public Safety Data Institute (USA). 

The primary goal of this project is to study the flow of digital information from smart buildings to the fire service and how it can be optimized. A specific interest is the integration between data from tools for Smart Firefighting and incident commanders. The main approach in doing this will be to make an inventory of building information systems and tools for Smart Firefighting that are used by the fire service today or where there is a potential of use in the near future. 

The work duties will include:

  • Making an inventory of the firefighting training in Sweden and Finland.
  • Reviewing and participating in the ongoing inventory of building information systems and tools for Smart Firefighting.
  • Reviewing and participating in the development of scenarios for interviews.
  • Conducting interviews with fire service personnel in Finland. 

Qualification requirements


Required qualifications for the position are:

  • A Fire Safety Engineering degree at university level or being enrolled in a Fire Safety Engineering master programme or equivalent.
  • A very good oral and written proficiency in English.  
  • A good oral and written proficiency in Finnish.
  • Good ability to use MS Office or similar.

Additional qualifications for the position are:

  • Knowledge about fire service operations
  • Experience of international environments (e.g., through international education or similar)

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development. 


Further information 

The position is a fixed term position for two months at 100% of full time and starting by agreement, although not beyond August 10, 2024. An interview will be held to obtain further information. Interviews will be held in Lund or remotely via Zoom. Contact person for the position is Dr Nils Johansson and the division of fire safety engineering, [email protected].


How to apply 

Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. The application should also include a degree certificates or equivalent and any other document to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.)”  

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