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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.

Take the opportunity to study for a doctoral-degree in a dynamic research environment in collaboration with leading industries and universities worldwide. The Department of Materials Science at Luleå University of Technology offers persons with ambitions and interest in undertaking postgraduate studies within the subject Polymeric Composite Materials to apply for a PhD-student position.

Within the subject, research on new fiber-reinforced materials, manufacturing and modeling of composite properties is conducted. The research group is continuously involved in national and international projects. Part of the research is aiming at validating experimentally verified physical phenomena using relevant material models, while others are more of material or manufacturing development nature. Educational activities, including international programs on master and doctoral level (EEIGM, AMASE etc.) are integral parts of the activities. The group belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics.

Project description
This PhD student position is linked to the investment in the area of excellence at Luleå University of Tecknology - Creaternity (follow this link) and the student will be enrolled in Creaternity Graduate School (follow this link).

The main motivation of the project is a need for the composite production processes to shift from the linear take-make-waste economy and to become part of the development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. The primary objective of the project is to demonstrate how structural composites with well-defined properties can be designed for minimal environmental impact by use of multiple fibers types including sustainable bio-based reinforcement and recycled synthetic fibers from discarded composites.

The work in the project require different expertise and equipment, thus it is inherently cross-disciplinary project with number of research subjects involved. The project is a collaboration between Polymeric Composites Materials, Wood and Bionanocomposites as well as Energy Engineering. The staff from these subjects will act as supervisors of the PhD student. There will be also active collaboration with industrial partners as well as research institute RISE.

As a PhD student you are expected to perform a combination of both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. The student is expected to work independently and take great responsibility for the progress of the research. A doctoral student will also read a number of doctoral courses. In addition, the student is offered the opportunity to try the teacher role and gain useful supervision experience.

In order to be eligible for employment you must have a Master of Science degree in Engineering or Natural Sciences (chemical engineering, chemistry, material science, mechanical engineering) or equivalent is required. Documented experience from projects and specialized programs/courses related to composite materials as well as experience in modelling of physical behavior of materials (including numerical simulations) and characterization is beneficial.

Good skills in oral and written communication in English is required. Knowledge in Swedish is an advantage.

The following selection criteria applies:
 - Knowledge relevant to the project in question
 - The quality of the applicant’s degree project
 - Personal qualities relevant to education at post-graduate level.

 Consult the description of the curriculum for education at post-graduate level in polymeric composite materials here: General curricula for education at post-graduate level in polymeric composite materials

For further information about a specific subject see:

 *General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

 * More information about the group/subject

Further information
Fulltime fixed-term employment for four years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties such as teaching may be added up to maximum 20 % of fulltime. The position is located in Luleå.

Most employees at the subject of Polymeric Composite Materials are currently men and that is why we would like to see more female applicants.

For further information about the position, please contact prof. Roberts Joffe +46 920-491940,

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

Reference number: 710-2021
Last day of application: April 30, 2021