Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world-leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as LKAB, Ericsson, Boliden, ABB, Epiroc and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. We currently have 1 770 employees and 17 200 students.

We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research. Drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit.

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 division of solid mechanics have close cooperation with the industry in both research projects and student projects. Our research is internationally recognised, and we cooperate with many international research groups. 

Subject description
Solid Mechanics comprises the development of analytical, experimental and numerical methods in engineering mechanics. Important research areas include the modelling and simulation of production processes as well as the analysis of the function of products with a particular focus on the development of models for both solid and granular material behaviour and their interaction.

Project description
You will work in a project, “Modelling the Manufacturing and Performance of Additive Manufactured Products - Toward a Digital Twin”, which is part of an extensive investment at LTU and a part of the CREATERNITY Graduate School. The focus of the project is on the development of simulation models for additive manufacturing (AM), topology optimization and lifing analysis. Connecting these three areas is ground-breaking. The goal of the project is to create a digital twin, which in turn can be used to analyse and improve the product's durability, reduce its environmental impact and thereby increase the sustainability of a circular economy.

This position is for you who want to develop advanced numerical models as well as performing experimental analysis for model validation. Within the framework of Creaternity and your doctoral studies, you will develop numerical models based on the finite element method for the manufacturing process additive manufacturing, topology optimization and in-service lifing analysis. To achieve the goal of the project to create a digital twin, interconnection of these models is crucial. To calibrate and validate the models, experimental work in the form of material testing, function testing and fatigue testing is also included. A doctoral position also involves practice in scientific work in the form of publishing scientific articles in journals and at international conferences. A PhD student also undertakes compulsory and voluntary graduate courses. Project planning and execution under your own responsibility is also an important part of the PhD study.

We are looking for you with a master's degree in mechanical engineering, technical physics or equivalent. You should have a strong interest in solid mechanics, materials technology and numerical calculations. You should both be a good team player and have the ability to work independently and take your own initiatives. Good ability in written and oral communication in Swedish and English is required. Communication skills, initiative and an open mind are important as well as theoretical and practical knowledge.

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

Most employees at the subject solid mechanics are currently men, therefore we would like to see female applicants.

Further information
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Andreas Lundbäck, +46 (0)920-49 2856, e-mail  or Chaired Professor Pär Jonsén, +46 (0)920-49 3460, e-mail

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson +46 (0)920-49 1529  OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0)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. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 647-2021
Last day of application: April 30, 2021