Senior Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering with a focus on fire dynamics (PA2024/1839)

Updated: about 18 hours ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Aug 2024

The department of building and environmental technology comprises several divisions, of which the division of fire safety engineering is one of these. Within the department, research and teaching are conducted linked to society's needs for infrastructure and construction. As part of this, consideration of safety aspects and development of methods for managing fire risks in society is also included.

Research in fire safety engineering concerns physical and chemical processes in connection with the initiation, growth, spread and extinguishing of fires, interactions between fire and buildings and facilities, systems for preventing or detecting fire or limiting its consequences, and evacuation and human behavior in the event of a fire. The intention is to find cost-effective and innovative methods to keep damage to people, the environment and property at an acceptable level.

The work is usually carried out in smaller research groups linked to a certain subject area. But the work is also characterized by an interdisciplinary way of working with collaboration across subject boundaries and with colleagues in other departments within the university. The division of fire safety engineering consists of about 20 researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff.

The work environment is characterized by commitment, cooperation, creativity and personal responsibility. We strive for a prestige-free and inclusive work environment with an even gender distribution. The duties are varied and stimulating, and there are good opportunities for professional development.

The department of building and environmental technology is recruiting a Senior Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering with a focus on fire dynamics. 


Fire safety engineering with a focus on fire dynamics.

Subject description

The focus of the employment is linked to fire development and fire protection, mainly within the built environment but not limited to that. The area can include the initiation, spread and development of fires in buildings and means of transportation and include active fire mitigation measures such as extinguishing and limiting the spread of fire. The subject may also include the building's passive fire protection systems against the spread of fire and to reduce the risk of the building's structural collapse. The research may include modeling and model development of relevant aspects within the subject area.

Work duties

Work duties include:

  • Research within the subject area.
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.
  • Experimental work within fire safety engineering.
  • Actively seeking external research funding.
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to senior lecturer requires that the applicant has:

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons.

Assessment criteria

When assessing the applicants, special importance will be given to research and teaching expertise within the subject, withgreater importance on research expertise.

The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Collaborative skills, initiative and the ability to solve work tasks independently.

Other qualifications

  • Documented research experience (e.g. from postdoc or doctoral studies) from another university/institute or relevant experience from industry/public sector.
  • Experience in leading experimental research.
  • Broad knowledge in fire safety engineering.

The extent to which the applicant, through their experience and skills, may complement and strengthen ongoing research, undergraduate education, departmental innovation, and how they can contribute to the future development of the department will also be taken into consideration.

We offer 

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.  Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee: .

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

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