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PhD Studentship in Production Technology - Sweden - Full time contract, and temporary position longer than 6 months.

The research center

Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 15,000 students and 625 employees.
Doctoral students in Production Technology become members of the research group PTW (Production Technology West). The group collaborates with the engineering industry in the region at the Production Technology Centre, which houses an advanced research laboratory.

For more information about our research center, go to: Production Technology Centre

Details of the offer

Job description: The research program includes, in addition to participation in third-cycle courses and other activities, implementation of an independent thesis work. Doctoral students shall primarily devote themselves to their own education. A doctoral student may, however, be engaged to a limited extent in education, research and administration, mainly within Production Technology. Such duties, before a doctorate has been conferred, may not occupy more than 20 per cent of full-time working hours. (Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) Chapter 5 section 2).

This doctoral student position in Production Technology has the focus in the field of metallurgy and characterization of steels deposited by Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) and Laser Metal Deposition using powder (LMDp). The aim of this doctoral research work is to gain knowledge in the microstructure and properties of special steels. The gained knowledge will also be a valuable input for other researchers participating to the research project in the field of WAAM and LMDp process development and control as well as modelling and simulation. Therefore, it is expected that the candidate collaborates with researchers specialized in the above mentioned fields. The research is application-oriented and will be conducted in close collaboration with the industry.

Duration and terms of employment: Employment as a doctoral student shall be on an open-ended basis but not for longer than to a specific point in time and never for a period extending more than one year after receiving the doctoral degree. The initial appointment must not be for more than one year. The appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be employed as a research student for a total of not more than eight years. The total period of employment, however, may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study at the third level of higher education. (Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) Chapter 5 section 7).

Profile expected

Qualification requirements: The basic eligibility requirements for doctoral programs as set out in the Higher Education Ordinance are as follows:A degree at master’s level,completed courses totaling at least 240 university credits of which a minimum of 60 at master’s level or,substantially equivalent knowledge gained in some other way whether in Sweden or abroad.To fulfil the special eligibility requirements for a doctoral degree in Production Technology, a student must hold a degree at master’s level in a subject relevant to the doctoral degree subject. This degree may be in Production Technology or some related discipline. The eligibility requirements may be fulfilled by studies in Sweden or abroad.

For more information please read 3.1 and 3.2 in General syllabus for the third-cycle programme in Production Technology, Ref. No 2015/1343 B 25:

Contact to the application

Applications are to be submitted electronically through the University West web-based recruitment tool, MyNetwork.
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  • Asun Valiente, +46520-22 33 46,
  • Américo Scotti, +46520-22 33 54,
  • Joel Andersson, +46520-223338,
  • Chamara Kumara, +46520-22 33 59,