Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, Dept of Design Sciences

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Thermal Environment Laboratory
Thermal Environment Laboratory within the Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology undertakes research on how thermal climate factors determine human body heat exchange with the environment and their interactions with individual factors such as physical activity and clothing affect thermophysiological responses, work performance, health, comfort and well-being. The research activities include experimental and field studies on human subjects as well as thermophysiological modeling. More information at

Work duties
PhD research will be carried out in the following area:
Thermal climate stress, thermophysiological modeling, personalized adaptation strategies when facing thermal climate challenges

PhD work will include reviews and improvements of available thermophysiological models, body heat balance modelling in connection with weather forecast data, App programming (preferable), experimental and field studies to provide evidence to improve existing human thermal models, and to validate the performance of developed App.

Thermal climate affects health and productivity for millions of workers. Extreme weather events such as heat waves and cold spells are major health challenges. The consequences of thermal stress are dependent not only on climate factors, but also on individual thermoregulation capacity, acclimatization, body metabolic heat production, and clothing. For the purpose of warning and preparedness, weather forecasts will be more valuable if combined with human thermal models and translated into personalized adaptation strategies.
The PhD work will be mainly carried out within the framework of the EU project - Translating climate service into personalized adaptation strategies to cope with thermal climate stress (ClimApp), which is co-funded by European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS) and three participating countries (Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands).
The project will undertake a transdisciplinary approach and international collaboration. Human thermophysiological modelling, App programming, laboratory and field validation studies are included in the project. The PhD student will collaborate with human thermal physiologists, thermal modellers, researchers and stakeholders from climate services and end-user organizations, protective clothing and hydration experts, health professionals, sociologists, and engineers. The overall aim is to develop an advanced smart phone App that integrates weather forecast data into human thermal models to provide a user-friendly and interactive mobile tool to improve decision-making for personalized adaptation strategies when facing thermal climate challenges.

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

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) courses and study programmes if he or she:

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

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle (doctoral) studies in ergonomics if he or she has:

  1. at least 50 credits of relevance to the topic area, including at least 25 credits at advanced level, or
  2. master's degree relevant to the topic area. Examples of relevant topic areas are human thermal environments, thermal physiology, thermoregulation, human thermal modelling, human body heat transfer and heat balance, ergonomics of thermal environment, thermal comfort, intelligent clothing and clothing physiology, climate physiology and health.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience and knowledge about human body's heat exchange, heat balance and thermophysiological modeling deemed necessary for completing the third cycle (doctoral) programme.
  • The applicant is expected to have the ability to complete the PhD studies.

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle (doctoral) student is based on the student’s qualification and ability to perform well in such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle studies. Special attention is paid to the following:

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

Other assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge in Swedish languages is meritorious.
  • Suitable background for the appointments are technical/scientific/health education, for example Master's degree and thesis in relevant areas.
  • The applicant has an interest, and preferably experience of relevant modelling, lab and field studies, participation in relevant research projects and publications in the area.
  • Because of the transdisciplinary and international nature of the project, we encourage applicants with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. Much of the PhD work will be undertaken within the framework of the ClimApp project, thus, willingness and ability to work in transdisciplinary teams, both independently and in groups, in lab and in field, communication and organizational skills, ability to collaborate with international partners are important.
  • Other desirable characteristics of the PhD student are App programming and analytical skills, curiosity, initiative, perseverance and creativity.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, initiative and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle (doctoral) programme.

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

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the doctoral studies 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, a copy of master's thesis or equivalent, at least two recommendation letters with contact information, and other relevant documents you wish to be considered (certificate of English proficiency inclduing oral and written skills, grade transcripts, experience of thermophysiological modelling and laboratory studies, etc.). Applicants are also asked to provide answers to selection questions, which form the first step in the application process.

Type of employment Permanent position
First day of employment Snarast
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3833
  • Chuansi Gao, universitetslektor, +46 462223206
Published 12.Dec.2017
Last application date 23.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET

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