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.

Luleå University of Technology is one of Europe’s leading universities in mining and metallurgy. The University offers a unique opportunity for developing, comprehensive research skills throughout the mining chain - from exploration, mining, processing and metal production to recovery after completing mining activities.

We are now seeking a highly motivated PhD student who can contribute towards science and technology in Ore passes and its applications in the mining industry.

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.

Ore pass systems are commonly used in underground mines for transporting material from higher to lower levels. The proper functioning of ore passes is critical for continuous production. Various factors affect the stability of the ore passes, such as stresses, geotechnical conditions, orientation, operational practice, etc. These factors lead to the wear of the walls, which may cause the failure of the ore pass.

The PhD project ‘Ore pass 2.0’ intends to develop new operational strategies and broader their understanding for deep Swedish underground mines. We expect a close cooperation between the senior researchers and the PhD student as well as collaboration between universities and mining industry.

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. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you may have the opportunity to try out the teaching role.

In order to be eligible for employment you must have a MSc in Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering, or equivalent educational background in relevant subjects. Additionally, knowledge of the ore pass systems and past experience is strongly desirable. Knowledge of mining as well as experience of field work is desirable, since some of the work will be conducted on site and in close collaboration with other researchers and industry partners. You must have good skills in both written and spoken English.

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 April 2023. Placement: Luleå, Sweden.

For further information, please contact senior lecturer Bartlomiej Skawina, +46(0)920-49 2949,

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, 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.

Closing day for applications: December 6, 2022
Reference number: 4467-2022