Postdoctoral position in Building Physics

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 28 Sep 2023

Published: 2023-09-15

Postdoc in Building Physics
At the department of art history, we conduct research and education, at undergraduate and graduate levels, in three disciplines at two campuses: art history and textile science at Campus Engelska parken in Uppsala and conservation at Campus Gotland in Visby. At present there are 16 teachers and lecturers in conservation. For more information, see the department website:

Conservation is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic field that spans the disciplines of humanities/social sciences and science/technology. Conservation is about managing cultural heritage and transferring resources from the past into the future in a sustainable way. Research in conservation is thus about understanding the past-present-future relationship. It also means investigating the role of cultural heritage in the transition to a sustainable society, new perspectives on renovation, reuse and recycling as part of a circular economy, and how cultural heritage is valued, preserved, developed, used and consumed and why and in what ways this is done, both conceptually and practically. Thus, the research is at the intersection of objects, their significance and a range of professional practices. These practices can be found in public administrations and institutions as well as in civil society and business, and in the cultural heritage, museum and arts sectors. Conservation includes both applied and theoretical perspectives, as well as the exploration of cultural heritage through critical, creative and affirmative methods. This includes analysing different conservation ideologies and ethics, developing care practices, and studying how cultural heritage is staged and cared for, and the effects this has on people and the environment.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in building physics to strengthen our team working with energy efficiency in historic buildings. The main work tasks will be connected to the research project ”Assessment of energy efficiency measures in detached historic houses” funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The aim of the project is to assess the technical consequences of retrofit measures. Packages of energy efficiency measures in detached Swedish houses will be identified and assessed in the project. You will mainly perform simulations of energy use, indoor climate and hygrothermal risks.
The position requires continuous attendance, active participation in seminar activities, presentation of own research, as well as, if necessary, some teaching and supervision of students or other tasks corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of the position.

To qualify for the position you should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant area. The degree should have been awarded less than three years before the deadline for applications. If special circumstances apply, the time span between the awarded degree and the deadline for applications may exceed three years. Such circumstances may relate to sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions etc.
In addition you should have experience of building performance simulation and experience of assessing energy retrofits in buildings.
The applicant is expected to have very good written and spoken English.

Desirable experience
It´s meritorious if you have experience in:

  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Hygrothermal assessment of buildings
  • Interdisciplinary research
    And the ability to write high quality research papers

Application process
A complete application, including publications should include:

  • Curriculum vitae along with certified copies of degree certificates, grades, and all other documents included.
  • A list of five scholarly publications, including the Ph.D. thesis. Publications should be listed in descending order of relevance to the application and be attached to the application in PDF format.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years full time. Starting date is October 2 2023, or as agreed. Placement: Visby or Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Gustaf Leijonhufvud, bitr prefekt, 0498-108337,

Please submit your application by 28 September 2023, UFV-PA 2023/3372

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Placement: Department of Art History

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/3372

Last application date: 2023-09-28

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