The Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences at Luleå University of Technology has about 200 employees and conducts research and education in both technical and social science sector. The Department includes 18 research topics, organized into four divisions: Human Work ScienceBusiness Administration and Industrial EngineeringInnovation and Design; and Social Sciences. The research subject Product Innovation belongs to the division of Innovation and Design and has over 40 employees. The research subject Product innovation focuses on various aspects of innovation in the product development process, from early phases of innovation to production and lifecycle commitments. The research results are translated into methods, tools, prototypes and demonstrators for industrial as well as academic settings. The research subject consists of one professor, one associate professor, one lecturer, an adjunct lecturer and four PhD candidates.

We now wish to reinforce our research by recruiting a post doctor with focus on organization of engineering work, especially experience sharing.

Research subject description
Product Innovation comprises theories and methods for needs- and knowledge-driven development processes where physical products and services are linked.

The work duties include:

The research has a focus on experience sharing in engineering work, that contributes to the development of PSS (product service systems) and industrial service solutions, especially in knowledge intense development contexts. As post doc, you will be part of research projects, where a broad expertise in product development, innovation management and project work is expected. The research projects are conducted in close collaboration with regional and national industry, as well as with international researchers. As post doc, you are expected to identify and initiate new research projects within the defined area.

The post doctor position is a full time position spanning 1+1 years. The position is reviewed after 1 year and extended an additional year if satisfactory.

Qualification for an appointment to a post doctor position is a doctorate degree, or an equivalent foreign degree in product innovation, or the equivalent scientific or some other work-specific proficiency that is of importance with respect to the appointment’s subject content and the duties that are included. Priority will be given to applicants that have completed their PhD degree no earlier than seven years before the application deadline.

Assessment criteria
The applicants will be assessed and ranked according to their respective scientific merits and their documented experience within the listed research profile and requirements. Other assessment criteria include (weighted equally):

  • Documented experience of research within experience sharing in engineering work, development of PSS (product service systems) and industrial service solutions, especially in knowledge intense development contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience of teaching in the product innovation area
  • Demonstrated experience of research with industry.
  • Documented experience of innovation management.
  • Documented broad competence in the product innovation field.

Documented good interpersonal and collaborative skills are required. Since the postdoc will teach both English and Swedish, Swedish is therefor required, and excellent communications skills in English are considered as a merit (written and oral), as is experience from collaboration with industry.

For further information, please contact: Professor Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, phone +46 (0)920-493262,, or Peter Törlind, 0920-492412,

Union representatives: SACO-S Daina Dagis, 0920-49 3880 or OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

The position will start as soon as possible.

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

General-level information for applicants (in English):
About the research group:
About the university

In case of different interpretations of the english and swedish versions of this announcement, the swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you 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 in English or Swedish. The application should include the most important scientific publications of the applicant. Documentation of the applicant’s pedagogical skills should also be appended. In the application at least two reference persons should be included.

Application deadline: August 31, 2015
Reference number: 1787-15