Doctoral Student in Resource Recovery – Resource Management

University of Borås


September 30, 2021


At the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, research and education are conducted in business administration, industrial engineering and management, resource recovery, building technology, and within the textile field: design, management and technology. Within the Faculty there are five departments: the Department of Business Administration and Textile Management, the Department of Engineering, the Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology, the Department of Textile Technology, and the Department of Design. The Swedish School of Textiles, as well as the two centres, the Centre for Sustainable Society Development and the Swedish Institute for Innovative Retailing/The Retail Lab, are other important elements within the Faculty. At the Faculty, there are also two research schools, in Resource Recovery and Textile and Fashion.

In recent years, the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business has undergone significant development in the research field of Resource Recovery. The research and education environment today consists of seven professors, about 25 doctoral students, and about 30 senior teachers and researchers and post docs. Education is conducted at both the Bachelor's and Master's levels and we also have our unique doctoral education programme in Resource Recovery.

We have access to modern and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories. Research in Resource Recovery mainly deals with fields of energy, industrial biotechnology, polymer technology, resource management as well as civil engineering. We have a large network, both nationally and internationally, and well-developed collaborations with both industry and public actors. Within the research group Resource Management, there are four doctoral students, one Associate Professor, and one Professor.

This position, a doctoral studentship, is about reducing food waste in society in order to achieve sustainable development goals.

Job description

Own doctoral education within the abovementioned research project. In addition to doctoral studies, as agreed upon, departmental duties, including teaching, research and administration, can amount to up to 20% of full time.

Doctoral students are employed according to the regulations outlined in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The study period corresponds to a maximum of four years of full-time study. The first employment period covers one year and is normally renewed by one year at a time. If departmental duties are included, the doctoral education period is extended to a maximum of five years.


For this doctoral studentship position, a minimum of a one-year Master's degree is required in the area of environment, environmental management, or a field which the university considers to be equivalent. You should be able to communicate well in both written and spoken English. We are looking for someone with good collaboration and initiative-taking qualities, an ability to work independently and in a structured way, as well as the ability to prioritise among work tasks.

For this position, it is considered a merit to have knowledge of LCA, qualitative and quantitative methods, systems analysis, as well as fluency in Swedish.


Information about the position can be provided by the Director of Studies Tobias Richards via telephone +46 (0)33- 435 42 07 or email alternatively Associate Professor Kamran Rousta via telephone +46 (0)33-435 4644 or email The trade union representatives are Magnus Sirhed, OFR-ST and Matilda Johansson, Saco-S; they can be reached via the university's switchboard at +46 (0)33-435 40 00.

Type of employment: Employment as a doctoral student is in accordance with Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5. Employment rate: Full-time. The doctoral studentship employment focusses 80% of the time on doctoral studies; the remaining time, 20%, includes departmental duties at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Start date: As agreed upon Position location: Borås, Sweden Reference number: PA 2021/206

Application You can apply for the position via our website by clicking on “Apply.”

Write clearly in your application which position you are applying for and include the applicable reference number. The following documents must be attached to your application:

  • Doctoral thesis plan, written in either Swedish or English (6-10 pages, 3000-5000 words, excluding reference list).
  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Master's thesis
  • Any other publications
  • After the application deadline, no additions can be made electronically.

    Please submit your application at the latest by 2021-09-30.

    The University of Borås strives for even gender distribution among employees and values diversity.

    According to the National Archives's regulations, we must archive application documents, excluding publications, for two years after the appointment decision has been finalised.

    We kindly decline contact with advertisers and staffing companies in this recruitment.

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