PhD Student in Building Materials

Lulea University
November 27, 2023
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Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 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.

The research subject of Building materials consists of 19 persons including 5 professors and two post doc. The subject focusses on development of sustainable materials and production technologies for the construction industry as well as on ice and arctic conditions related research and education. https: // www.

Subject description Building Materials includes sustainable building materials and their application technologies, recycling and reuse, and applied building physics, especially focusing on the artic conditions.

Project description The goal of the project is to improve circularity and reduce the amount of waste from the Västerbothnian mining and metal industry by converting them into resources, that are used them to produce concrete to be used in a mining environment. Concrete products will be developed with a combination of inert waste and waste rock. Next comes green pretreatment methods, such as mechanochemical activation, to be used to possibly activate part of the waste to partially replace the Portland cement, especially in internal mining applications, which leads to a greatly reduced carbon footprint of concrete.

Duties As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects. Tasks will include laboratory work, analysis of data, modelling and writing scientific papers.

Qualifications You as a candidate have a master's degree in civil engineering, materials science or chemistry. The candidate should have a basic knowledge related to building materials and especially including cementitious binders and concretes. The candidate should speak fluent English.

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  • Further information Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%.

    For further information about the position, please contact Andrzej Cwirzen, Professor, (+46)920–493387 [email protected] Ilda Tole, Postdoctor, (+46)920-493236 [email protected]

    Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 [email protected] OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792 [email protected]

    In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the English version takes precedence.

    Application Please 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 only in English. Recruitment communication and possible interview will be done in English language only.

    Reference number: 4494-2023 Last day of application : 27 November 2023

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