Postdoctoral position in Sensors and Sensor-integration for Industry 4.0

Lund University
December 08, 2022
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Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

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Description of the workplace

The position is situated in the Division of Production and Materials Engineering (IProd) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. The division conducts research, development, teaching and industrial collaboration in the field of materials and production engineering with projects such as on Industry 4.0, machining, digitalization of manufacturing processes and sustainable production. The subject area is interdisciplinary and often applied in nature. In the context of Industry 4.0, sensor-based process monitoring and decision making are used to generate fundamental understanding of the production processes and it´s optimization and to study research questions set by industry. We are interested in new materials, processes, and approaches to achieve understanding of fundamental dynamic processes in modern manufacturing. Our research group includes 20 senior and junior researchers.

We offer

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Subject description

Development of thin film sensors for measurement and monitoring of temperature. Focus on concepts and prototypes suitable for high temperature and corrosive applications in heat exchangers. Upscaling of sensor manufacturing and their productionizing is outside the scope of subject area.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20 % of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

The aim of the project is to develop non-invasive sensors for temperature measurement and monitoring in products and devices operating under high temperature and corrosive environments. Particular focus will be on research on novel sensor concepts, manufacturing of prototypes, their calibration, testing and analysis of their performance and durability under long-term operation. The project is related to the engineering area of Alfa Laval AB in Lund, Sweden. Experimental work will be performed at the Division of Production and Materials Engineering, Lund NanoLab, and Alfa Laval AB. As a postdoctoral fellow, you will be responsible for the development of project ideas, planning, designing, and executing experiments independently, and in collaboration with academic and industrial supervisors.

Supervision of thesis projects and graduate students may also be included as a work task. Likewise, we would like you to participate in common tasks related to general institutional tasks, seminars, knowledge transfer and cooperation with industry, etc.

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. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • You have a very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • You have a doctoral degree within engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, or a related subject.
  • You have minimum one year of hands-on experience in micro/nano-processing and fabrication is essential.
  • You have good theoretical knowledge of microelectromechanical systems, sensors and devices.
  • You have good problem-solving and linguistic analytical abilities.
  • You are expected to work independently, but also to interact with the academic and industrial supervisors, and researchers from other subjects.
  • You are structured and goal-oriented.
  • Assessment criteria

    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.
  • Other qualifications: Experience in any of the following areas will be considered an asset:

  • Experimental work on micro/nano-processing and fabrication.
  • Experimental work in a clean room environment.
  • Hands-on experience of microelectromechanical systems, sensors and devices.
  • Performance of experiments of UV lithography, evaporation, sputtering, PVD coating or related techniques.
  • Consideration will also be given to 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.

    Further information

    This is a full-time, fixed-term employment 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”).

    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 here: To apply for academic positions at LTH

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    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.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment As soon as possible Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2022/3500 Contact

  • Volodymyr Bushlya, [email protected];+46462224607
  • Published 18.Nov.2022 Last application date 08.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET

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