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.

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Luleå University of Technology is the leading European university in mining and metallurgy. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (CENE) offers unique, collective research expertise across the entire mining and minerals chain. The research subject Mining and Rock Engineering belongs to the department of CENE and is now seeking a highly motivated PhD student contributing towards science and technology in managing deep-mining related rock mechanics problems. In our postgraduate education. We strive for the doctoral student to develop into an expert on the subject but also develop as a person.

Mining and Rock Engineering comprises mining technology, rock engineering and rock mechanics, including rock mass properties, design of rock excavations and tunneling as well as planning and production processes related to both mining and civil engineering.

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the EU-funded project Next Generation Carbon Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN-SIMS), which can be read in more detail in This project is funded by the EU from 2021 until 2024 and has industrial partners from Sweden (Epiroc, Boliden, Ericsson, Mobilaris, Afry), Finland (Agnico Eagle Finland), Germany (K+S), Poland (KGHM Cuprum, KGHM Polska), and Australia (OZ Minerals). One work package in this project is developing a concept of diesel-free underground hard rock mine design (design of underground hard rock mines where all machineries are battery-powered instead of diesel-powered). Aspects that are included in the concept are, among others, the layout that optimize the productivity of battery-powered mining machineries, energy management in the diesel-free underground hard rock mines, and Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S).

As a PhD student, you are expected to perform both theoretical and field work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. You are also expected to go through the compulsory doctoral courses. Most of the working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you may have the opportunity to do the teaching role in courses regarding mining methods and mine design & planning.

Qualifications for this position are as follows:
 - Have a MSc in Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering or equivalent educational background in relevant subjects.
 - Have good communication skill in English, both oral and written.
 - Having a work experience in mining companies and/or a mining Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) is highly desirable.
 - Ability to communicate in Swedish is highly desirable.
 - Ability to communicate in Finnish and/or Polish is desirable but not essential.
 - Have the ability to use the following softwares:
 - MS Office (essential)
 - CAD (desirable)
 - Discrete-event simulation (DES) softwares such as Arena and/or Automod (desirable)
 - VentSim Design (desirable)

For further information about a specific subject, you could refer to General curricula for the board of the faculty of science and technology.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for 4 years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties such as administration and/or teaching up to maximum 20% of fulltime may be added.

The expected start date for the position is May-October 2021.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Adrian Halim, +46(0)920 49 3484, or Associate Professor Jenny Greberg, +46(0)920 49 2840,

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 English version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, cover letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Last day to apply: August 8 2021
Reference number: 1656-2021