Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Operation and maintenance is a rapidly growing research area as it is recognized as an important enabler for the business performance by industry all over the world. For many industries maintenance costs are one of the biggest individual cost item. Effective maintenance can generate income for industry through better facility utilization and higher availability. In general, operation and maintenance are critical issues for economic viability and smooth running of railway and other engineering system.

Subject description
Operation and Maintenance Engineering deals with the development of methodologies, models and tools to ensure high system dependability and efficient and effective maintenance processes for both new and existing systems.

The subject area of Operation and Maintenance Engineering is multidisciplinary in nature, transcending the boundaries and combines many disciplines of science, emerging technology and arts. The activities of the Division are aligned towards finding synergies with other engineering disciplines and building networks with many active research groups, locally and worldwide.

Operation and Maintenance Engineering deals with the development of methodologies, models and tools to ensure high system dependability and efficient and effective maintenance processes for both new and existing systems. The Division is fully competent and equipped technologically to undertake research work in the emerging areas of big data, predictive and prescriptive analytics. The division's activities focus on finding synergies with other technical disciplines and building networks with many active research groups, locally and globally.

Project description
Luleå University of Technology is now looking for a Doctoral Student who will work in a number of projects that contribute to the development of the operation and maintenance of railways in Sweden and internationally.

The work will be carried out in project form with doctoral students, senior researchers and industry representatives.

Research area: Human-System-Interaction, Cognitive Services, and Brain-Computer-Interface  

In this project, you will determine what physical conditions need to be monitored for autonomous maintenance diagnostics. You will also develop benchmarks, which are an empirical clarification of the role of intuitive cognition in maintenance contexts. Furthermore, you will develop concepts of collaboration and integrate them into the design of automated systems in a way that intuitive cognition can be used to achieve the ultimate goals.

The project is funded by the EU programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie and requires that the doctoral student cannot previously reside in Sweden. The work requires initiative and good ability to plan and perform activities independently.

The project requires travel within and outside Sweden.

The work will include:

  • Studies of relevant theoretical frameworks
  • Mapping needs and requirements from an industrial perspective
  • Identify and analyze gaps in industrial and academic contexts
  • Design solution suggestions, ink. methodologies, technologies and tools
  • Publication in academic journals and conferences
  • Participate as a lecturer and assistant in the department's courses 

We are looking for enterprising and self-motivated people who have an interest in doctoral studies. You must have basic eligibility for doctoral studies and have a degree (BSC) or (MSc) from operational and maintenance engineering, computer science, computer engineering, systems science, game development, software development or similar with background in human-system interaction (HSI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (XR), BIM, digital design, 3D modelling design, and automation or equivalent. Background in Artificial Intelligence (AI), development of cognitive services in cloud environment and Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) are beneficial.

You should also have good knowledge of modeling and software development. Experience in programming languages such as Unity, Visual Studio, R, Python, C#, Autodesk Revit, and Azure is a merit. In order to be able to communicate within the projects and with different stakeholders, we require that you master English, in speech and writing. It is an advantage if you have good knowledge of Swedish in speech and writing.

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 Operation and Maintenance Engineering are currently men why we would like to see female applicants. Provided that the qualifications are the same, the underrepresented gender will be given priority.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for 4 years. Departmental duties such as teaching may be added up to maximum 20 % of fulltime. Placement: Luleå, Sweden. Starting date: as soon as possible, by agreement.

For further information about the positions, please contact
Ramin Karim, +46 920 492344,
Veronica Jägare, +46 920 491629,
Ravdeep Kour, +46 920 492898,

Union representatives:
SACO-S Kjell Johansson 0920-49 1529
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 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 and mark which topic you are most interested in. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 1743-2022
Last day of application: May 19, 2022