PhD Position in Mechnical Engineering
Lund University

PhD Position in Mechnical Engineering

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The vacancy is situated in the Division of Production and Materials Engineering (IPROD) within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, LTH/LU. The division is involved in research, development, teaching, and industrial collaboration in the field of materials and production engineering. The projects undertaken are related to Industry 4.0, focusing on manufacturing processes and technology, digitalization of manufacturing processes and sustainable production. The subject area is interdisciplinary, often combining fundamental and applied research.

The division consists of approximately 25 colleagues, including six doctoral students and three postdoctoral researchers. Our premises are in the recently renovated M-building on LTH's campus in Lund. More information about the department can be found here: Division of Production and Materials Engineering

 The project is carried out within Sentio – Integrated Sensors and Adaptive Technology for Sustainable Products and Manufacturing – which is a newly inaugurated competence centre coordinated by Lund University in close collaboration with companies from Swedish industry, RISE, Region Skåne and trade associations. The goal is to create a world leading highly interdisciplinary research centre that brings together the wide range of diverse competences from industry and academia that are needed to develop integrated sensor technology with the capacity to significantly improve sustainability, reduce the use of resources, and increase competitiveness across industrial sectors of Sweden.  In this first recruitment Sentio will hire 7 doctoral students within different areas of expertise who will all work together with the research within Sentio. Sentio is financed by Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency. More information about the competence center can be found here: Sentio

Work duties

As a doctoral student in the Manufacturing Processes group, you will explore new materials, product designs, processes, and approaches in modern manufacturing. The focus includes sensor-based process monitoring, development of a physics-based Digital Twin and a hybrid Digital Twin of thermal processes in manufacturing, and especially in machining. The work focuses on development and integration the sensory hardware and advanced modelling for optimization and addressing industry research questions. You will plan, design, and conduct experimental and theoretical work with guidance from supervisors and industrial specialists. Your work will focus on fundamental and applied knowledge and solutions of high value for industries and society, by supporting digitalization and sustainability agenda. 

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

We also appreciate your participation in common tasks related to general institutional duties, seminars, knowledge transfer, and collaboration with industry, among others.

Admission requirements 

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant: 

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Mechanical Engineering Sciences if the applicant has: 

  • at least 90 higher education credits relevant to the subject area, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, or
  •  a second-cycle degree in a relevant field.

Finally, the student must be judged to have the potential to complete the programme.

Additional requirements:

  • very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • very good knowledge in modelling and simulation of mechanical and thermo-mechanical systems.
  • good knowledge in production and manufacturing processes.
  • good knowledge in programming.
  • good problem-solving skills and linguistic analysis ability.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following: 

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • experience in handling manufacturing or technical equipment, including measurement equipment. 
  • experience in modelling and FE simulation of mechanical and/or thermal problems.
  • ability to develop, implement, and apply relevant scientific models to data and critically assessing the results.
  • programming experience (preferably in Python or Matlab).
  • Mathematical optimization and inverse problems.
  • Use of sensors for process measurement and monitoring.
  • Machining processes or other extreme manufacturing processes.
  • Data acquisition and real-time monitoring systems.
  • Experience in Machine Learning or related subjects.
  • Collaboration with industrial partners.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University 

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

How to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Welcome to apply!

LTH is Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering. At LTH we educate people, build knowledge for the future and work hard for the development of society. We create space for brilliant research and inspire creative advancements in technology, architecture and design. We have nearly 10,000 students. Every year, our researchers – many of whom work in world-leading profile areas – publish around 100 theses and 2 000 scientific findings. In addition, many of our research and degree projects are transformed into innovations. Together we explore and create – to benefit the world.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1993
  • Volodymyr Bushlya, +46462224607,
Union representative
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Published 24.Jun.2024
Last application date 12.Aug.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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