Postdoctor Position in Machine Elements

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 04 Jun 2023

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 Machine Elements belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics at Luleå University of Technology. The research within the field of Machine Elements is mainly focused on tribology and its applications. The research group consists of more than 30 researchers and doctoral students and is one of the leading tribology research groups in Europe. Activities include many aspects of tribology, e.g., materials tribology, lubrication and lubricants, condition monitoring, biotribology, computational tribology and machine component tribology. The research is both of fundamental and applied in nature and is often carried out in close cooperation with Swedish and international industry.

The group is responsible for theoretical and project courses taught in the university's Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and master's programs. Most of the teaching is within the Mechanical Engineering program and the Erasmus Mundus Master’s program in tribology (TRIBOS).

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We are currently seeking a postdoctor that can help us to further develop research within the field of Machine Elements.

Subject description
Machine Elements comprises the analysis and optimization of machine components and component systems to enhance performance, longevity, energy-efficiency and reliability and to reduce environmental impact. Particular emphasis is placed on issues in the field of tribology.

Project description
The project is about developing and applying self-powered sensors for tribological applications. A sensor that produces its own power has a large role to play in the advancement of wearables, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 etc. The focus in this project is to apply this technology on machine components to give information about the operation. This could be general machine health as well as specific fault and failure signals. The aim of the project is to develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between tribological signals and machine components working status.

The duties of a postdoctor primarily comprise research. Teaching and pedagogical development work may be included in the duties, up to a maximum of 20% of the working hours. You will perform research with substantial experimental components that should be published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major conferences. The position will include supervision of PhD and MSc students, teaching and supporting in acquiring funds for future research projects from research funding agencies/councils, EU framework program or industry.

In order to be eligible for employment as researcher you must have a PhD in Science, Engineering or Natural Sciences (chemical engineering, chemistry, material science, mechanical engineering,), or equivalent. A doctoral degree awarded no more than three years before the application deadline provides a useful qualification. Candidates who have been awarded a doctoral degree at an earlier date may also be considered if there are special grounds, for example, different types of statutory leave of absence.You must have very good skills in oral and written communication in English.

We are looking for a full-time post-doctor for a fixed term contract for 24 months. Placement: Luleå. Starting date: by agreement.

For further information, you are welcome to contact Professor Yijun Shi +46-(0)920-49 2064, .

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. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference number: 1211-2023
Closing date for applications:
April 6, 2023

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