PhD Student in Experimental Mechanics (MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS)

Lulea University
May 02, 2023
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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.

The division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics is part of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics that hosts the engineering programs Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering, Sustainable Energy and Engineering Physics. At the division, we have many active research projects in questions related to sustainable hydropower, porous flow, mechanics of materials, imaging metrology, spectroscopy and bio-photonics. Throughout the last decade techniques that rely on X-ray imaging has grown in importance and we are currently increasing our efforts in this field. You will be part of the research school PRISMAS -PhD Research and Innovation in Synchrotron Methods and Applications in Sweden –, which is a new doctoral network training the next generation of 40 leading synchrotron experts , co-funded by the Horizon Europe MSCA COFUND Programme, hosted by MAX IV, in Lund Sweden, the first fourth generation synchrotron facility in the world.

As a PRISMAS PhD student, you will have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research in your field, taking advantage of state of the art tools that will bring to attractive future job opportunities in academia or industry. Moreover, you are part of designing the future of synchrotron technology and instrumentation and using these to tackle some of the most significant global challenges the world faces today while acquiring interdisciplinary and intersectoral knowledge. Furthermore, you will at the same time take an active part in the green industrial transition that currently is on-going in the northern part of Sweden. Being part of the PRISMAS programme gives you the one-of-a-kind experience in form of a secondment at the world´s first 4th generation synchrotron, MAX IV in Lund, Sweden. Complemented with a tailored training programme, including courses to build scientific and technical competence as well as strengthen transferrable skills, PRISMAS provides you with the skills, knowledge and competence needed to successfully achieve your doctoral degree.

Subject description Experimental Mechanics concerns the development of experimental methods in order to study phenomena in mechanics.

Project description The long-term goal of this project is to characterize in-situ how hydrogen migrates through different containment material and in particular geological rock types with different textures, structures and mineralogy. In this project you will be working together with a strong multi-disciplinary group of researchers from fluid mechanics, ore geology, experimental mechanics and X-ray science. As a PRISMAS PhD-student you will be co-supervised by a beamline scientist at MAX IV giving access to cutting-edge synchrotron technologies and instrumentation. You will spend three to twelve months at MAX IV and at least three months at an industrial partner.

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.

As part of the PRISMAS research school you should take part in mandatory activities associated with the research school as well as sharing your time between Luleå University of Technology, MAX IV and other project partners. A certain amount of travelling is foreseen in relation to these activities.

Qualifications To comply with the mobility rule of the MSCA COFUND programme, you are eligible if you have not resided in Sweden for more than 12 months during the period 2020-05-01 to 2023-05-02 for work or studies as main occupation. By the employment date (01/09/2023) you must have completed courses corresponding to at least 240 credits and have completed a degree in Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering or related fields or have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad. Of these at least 60 credits should be second-cycle courses related to Fluid Mechanics, Material Mechanics, Experimental Techniques and/or Geology. Experience of multidimensional metrology and/or X-ray techniques is a merit. Applicants should also have good knowledge in written and spoken English.

For further information see General syllabus for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Further information Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Placement: Luleå. Starting: September 1, 2023.

The MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS offers you outstanding opportunities as well as a stimulating and inspiring surrounding for performing cutting-edge research. Supporting your mobility, it creates perfect conditions for strengthening your international network.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Mikael Sjödahl, +46 920-49 1220, [email protected]

If you have questions on the selection process, please contact [email protected]

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 [email protected] and 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 Swedish version takes precedence.

Application We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV in Europass format and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Also include a two-page cover letter, justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications as well as the prioritization in case of applying to several PRISMAS positions. Include a referense letter and any other document to wich you would like to draw attention.

The application will be evaluated based on scientific excellence, the adequacy of your career plan and your thesis project as well as your research experience. Details on the novel, unique and common selection process for all the PRISMAS positions can be found here: How to apply – MAX IV ( Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English.

Closing date for applications: May 2, 2023 Reference number: 781-2023

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