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 research subject Entrepreneurship and innovation include organizational development with a particular focus on business development based on innovative products, services and production solutions, as well as ways to manage and organize operations. The research group collaborates with large national and international companies, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), policy makers and other research groups. Research results are produced in close cooperation with industry and other actors.  

Subject description
Entrepreneurship and Innovation comprises organizational development with a specific focus on firm development based on innovative products, services, production solutions or management modes. 

Project description
We are now looking for a PhD student for a project focusing on circular business model innovation in industrial ecosystems. The project aim is to analyse how digitalization and modularity enables circular business model innovation to support the transition to a sustainable industry. The project involves multidisciplinary researchers and leading manufacturing companies that operate globally. A significant part of the project is focused on addressing business needs by mapping out challenges, proposing methods for improvement and facilitating the implementation of the proposed methods. The project also includes creating a basis for industrial development and communicating this with participating companies through workshops, training courses, manuals and academic publications.    

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

A PhD position involves being part of a research group where you, in collaboration with others conduct scientific work. It includes collecting and analyzing data, and writing high impact scientific articles, together with others in the research group and individually. The scientific work for this PhD student position will be conducted within the above-described project, and the PhD student will be responsible for relationship building and interaction with industrial partners. A PhD student position also involves participate in research courses, presenting research nationally and internationally, and participating in seminar activities within the research group. The PhD student will be part of Creaternity’s research school.  

We are looking for a candidate who preferably has a master's degree in business administration or in industrial engineering and management or equivalent. You have a strong interest in the research project described above. The position requires good knowledge of oral and written communication in English. Good knowledge of the Swedish language is a merit. At the same time as the position requires good ability to work closely with the rest of the project group, it also requires a strong own drive to be able to independently plan and manage one's own work and be responsible for carrying out tasks within given time frames. Being a PhD student is about developing new knowledge and therefore creativity and ability to handle uncertainty and ambiguity is needed. The industrial nature of the research project with many partner companies requires that you have high social skills and are good at managing different stakeholders' expectations. 

Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Entrance to the position: as soon as possible or according to agreement with Luleå University of Technology.

For further information, please contact: Wiebke Reim, +46 (0) 920-492079,

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson +46 (0) 920-491529 and OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0) 920-491792

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

Please apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter reflecting on the topic of the project and how you intend to contribute (about 1 - 2 A4 pages) and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities (with list over courses with grades). 2-3 academic papers and/or thesis that shows your scientific competence. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 728-2021
Last day of application:
April 30, 2021