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The Faculty of Technology strives to ensure that Linnaeus University’s vision permeates all of its activities, focusing on the key words Attractive Knowledge Environment, Prominent Research, Social Driving Force, and Global Values. The Faculty of Technology has broad operations spanning nine different departments through which Linnaeus University provides instruction education and conducts research. The Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology provides instruction education and conducts research in energy processes and energy systems to support our society’s transition to a sustainable development and a low carbon economy.

Admittance in: Building technology

Employment: Employment as a doctoral student is limited according to HF chapter 5 § 7. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent postgraduate studies full-time for four years.

Placement city: Växjö, Sweden

Job description
Linnaeus University, Department of Built Environment & Energy Technology, is searching for applicants for a 4-year full-time PhD position within the following research area:

Climate change mitigation and sustainable development require efficient use of renewable-based resources and energy in buildings. Consequently, technological and design solutions are being developed and implemented. However, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, lifestyle and culture have a considerable influence on energy use and associated emissions, and efficiency enhancements and behavioural changes are key mitigation strategies.

The PhD candidate will conduct research on various aspects of household behaviour contributing to energy and resource efficiency. This may include conducting behavioural experiments, household surveys and data analysis, with the goal to recommend appropriate intervention measures to promote sustainable household behavior.  

According to the Higher Education Ordinance a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.

The Higher Education Ordinance stipulates that for applicants for admission to research education, it is required that the applicant 

  • has a master’s level degree,
  • completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS on second-cycle level, or in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge.

 Specific requirements

  • at least 90 credits in the subject building technology, or subjects relating to the proposed research subject (e.g. sociology, psychology) or equivalent knowledge acquired in any other manner within or outside of Sweden.
  • a good language skill in English, and preferably Swedish as well.

Evaluation and selection criteria
The selection of candidates is made with regard to the applicant's ability to successfully complete and benefit from their studies at the graduate level. Applicants should be familiar with and experienced in quantitative methods, ideally with previous experience in designing, conducting and analysing behavioural experiments.

More information about the evaluation and selection criteria can be found in the subject area's general syllabus, see https://lnu.se/en/education/PhD-studies/ 

Contact persons:
Prof. Krushna Mahapatra, krushna.mahapatra@lnu.se, +46 (0)470-76 78 13

Head of Department: Dr. Jörgen Forss, jorgen.forss@lnu.se, +46 (0)470-70 82 33  

HR partner: Hanna Holgersson, hanna.holgersson@lnu.se, +46 (0)470-708490

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.