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Subject description
The research profile of the Division of Structural Mechanics is focused on structural mechanics including structural dynamics and material mechanics. Particularly considered are development of computational methods, material modelling and applied analyses using the finite element method. The research also includes experimental methods for validation of computer models.

This post-doctoral position relates to research within the areas of timber engineering and wood mechanics. Our specific research interest here is the use of modified wood in outdoor, load-bearing structures, with special emphasis on the mechanical behaviour of the wood material, wood-based components and joints (mechanical and adhesive joints).

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The work duties include:

  • Research within an ongoing project "Outdoor load-bearing structures":

    - Theoretical work in terms of modelling and analysis using the finite element method.
    - Planning and performing experimental campaigns.

  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies.
  • Supervision of degree projects and co-supervision of doctoral students.
  • Collaboration with industry partners.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience from advanced use of the finite element method.
  • Experience from experimental work in terms of mechanical testing.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.
Additional assessment criteria (in order of priority): 
  • Level of experience within research related to the subject areas timber engineering and/or wood mechanics (numerical work and experimental work).
  • Knowledge within the fields of fracture mechanics and plasticity theory.
  • Oral and written proficiency in Swedish
  • Other language skills.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement "Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor" ("Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow") between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

To apply for academic positions at LTH

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3383
  • Erik Serrano, Professor, +46 46 222 03 19
Published 11.Jan.2018
Last application date 08.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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