The Department of Technology Management and Economics conducts research within areas such as logistics, innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, quality sciences and environmental systems analysis. The department consists of six research divisions, operations support and three research centres. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers Areas of Advance.

Information about the research and the division
This Ph.D. student project will initially be part of a 3-year research project on professionalization processes in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. The purpose of the research project is to explore professionalization processes, professional roles and practices, as mechanisms of institutionalization towards enhanced sustainability. Due to the increased focus on sustainability there are today signs of a reconfiguration of practices and institutions in the industry, which in turn gives rise to changed interrelations between professional groups leading to new (as well as fading) and/or changed professions and roles. Being creators, carriers and executors of a sustainability agenda, sustainability professionals have taken an increasingly important role in shaping the pace and direction of the AEC industry’s future development. Professionalization and professionalism has thus become a key mechanism for sustainable development within the industry. 

The position is placed at the Division of Service management and Logistics (SML), which is part of the Department of Technology Management and Economics.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Services have become an integrated part of business, and the service element increases steadily in both the private and the public sector. The Division of Service Management and Logistics (SML) focuses on the management, design, delivery and improvement of services from the perspective of the individual service organization as well as the wider supply chain. We conduct research and teaching in close interaction with external organizations, and focus on resource utilisation, improvement and development of processes as well as inter-organisational relationships. The division pursues problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research, with strong emphasis on industry relevance and high visibility in leading academic journals. The key aim of our research activity is to address societal challenges and contribute to industrial leadership.  

Major responsibilities
As PhD student you will take part in a research project at the division in the area of project-based organising. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with the main supervisor. Your major responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to a specific research aim. At large, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, conducting research studies, and interacting with industrial companies. As a PhD student, you take an active role in the research project in preparing for and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. During the project, results will continuously be presented at seminars and on international conferences.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to five years (1+2+2). You will spend approximately 80% of this time on research. As a PhD student you will also, to a maximum of 20%, be involved in teaching bachelor and master courses and/or perform other departmental tasks. You will be enrolled into the postgraduate programme at the research school Technology Management and Economics. The employment is bound to successful completion of department evaluations after one and three years.

A master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in e.g. engineering, architecture, management, business administration, sociology or equivalent with an interest in organisational studies.

The applicant is expected to conduct empirical research as primary activity, foremost applying a qualitative research approach. The research project focus mainly on empirical case-based research in close interaction with industry. Results of research are expected to be disseminated through interactions with professionals as well as publications in highly-ranked journals within the subject area.

Experience from working in a project-based setting is an advantage.

You need to be fluent in English and due to the character of the research you should be able to understand and speak Swedish. Large emphasis when selecting a candidate will be laid on your ability to write.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170577 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 9 February

For questions, please contact:
Pernilla Gluch, Ph. D., Professor, Head of Division, Division of Service Management and Logistics,, +46-31-7721961
Dan Andersson, Ph. D., Associate professor, Head of Unit, Division of Service Management and Logistics,, +46-31-7721339

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Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!