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Creaternity is an interdisciplinary research initiative to achieve the transition to a sustainable society. Creaternity Graduate School spans over many research subjects at Luleå University of Technology to create a holistic view in order to tackle the sustainability challenges. The Graduate School includes courses and other activities that will provide doctoral students with knowledge and tools to determine how the earth’s resources could be used and reused in the best way.

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. The research is both of fundamental and applied nature and is often carried out in close cooperation with Swedish and international industry.

We are currently seeking a PhD student to help us further develop research within the field of Machine Elements. 

Description of research subject 
Machine Elements includes analysis and optimisation of components and systems based on performance, durability, energy efficiency, reliability and sustainability. Particular emphasis is put on tribological aspects. 

Project description 
This research project, entitled “Sustainable and Circular Nuclear Energy through Advanced Materials Research”, is focussed on characterisation and evaluation of novel materials regarding their tribological performance at high temperatures in liquid lead environment. The application is mechanical components for generation IV nuclear reactors where liquid lead is used as a coolant. The project aims to develop a fundamental understanding about the governing mechanisms for wear and degradation of FeCrAl alloys as well as coated cemented carbides.

The project is a part of the recently started research centre SUNRISE in close collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Uppsala University as well as major stakeholder in industry. The research will be carried out jointly with the research subject Engineering Materials at Luleå University of Technology were another PhD student will be recruited.

Furthermore, the research project is integrated in the Creaternity Graduate School. 

Qualifications 
The research is mainly experimental in nature and the candidate must possess excellent practical skills and knowledge pertaining to tribology, tribotesting and analysis. Applicants must have an MSc engineering degree with specialisation in mechanical engineering or materials science & engineering. You should have good oral and written communication skills and be fluent in English. It is considered a merit if you have experience in tribotesting and experience in surface analysis techniques with applications in tribology. For the evaluation of candidates, special emphasis is put on the following: 

  • Knowledge and skills relevant for the project
  • Quality of MSc thesis project
  • Personal skills relevant for research

For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology 

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Information 
The PhD studies are 4 years fulltime and a maximum of 20% administration and/or teaching may be added. Entrance to the position: as soon as possible or according to agreement with Luleå University of Technology.

For additional information, please contact: Jens Hardell, Associate Professor and Head of Division, jens.hardell@ltu.se  0920-49 1774

Union representatives SACO-S Kjell Johansson, +46 (0) 920-49 1529 kjell.johansson@ltu.se OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0) 920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se  

Application 
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 634-2021
Deadline: April 30, 2021