Professor and Head of Subject in Structural Engineering

Luleå University of Technology is the northernmost university of technology in Scandinavia, with research and education in many fields. Today, the University has around 1,800 staff, 15,000 students and an annual turnover of SEK 1.6 billion. The University is organised in six departments focusing on civil and environmental engineering, natural resources, mechanical engineering, space engineering, arts, health, pedagogy, business administration and economics. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering is now seeking to appoint a professor and Head of Subject in Structural Engineering at the Division of Building Materials and Structural Engineering in Luleå, Sweden. The department conducts research and education in mining, structural engineering and environment areas. The research and education have a strong applied and experimental profile with several large and well equipped laboratories. The activities are run by committed professors and lecturers in close and successful cooperation with industry and public sector. 70 % of the research is funded externally in well-developed national and  international cooperation with universities worldwide. Today, the department has around 400 staff of around 50 different nationalities including 180 doctoral students and over 50 professors. Structural Engineering is one of the 20 research subjects at the department. 

Structural Engineering conducts research and education at first-, second- and third-cycle levels with a focus on load carrying structures in steel, concrete, wood and other materials. 

The research activities comprise both basic and applied research conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners and other universities or institutes. Approximately 70% of the research is externally funded through public and/or private funds as well as by companies. The first-cycle courses and study programmes are closely connected to the master programmes in Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, and to the Higher Education Diploma Programme in Built Environment. The subject offers about 30 courses at first- and second-cycle levels. The subject’s overall approach is that research and education should be of benefit to society and industry. At present, Structural Engineering employs about 20 senior researchers and PhD students. 

Subject description
Structural Engineering includes loads, design, sustainability, load carrying capacity, repair and strengthening of buildings and civil engineering structures made of concrete, steel, wood and other materials, separately or in combination, at normal conditions, in cold climate and in fire. 

Normally, professors at Luleå University of Technology are involved in both education and research. Professors are expected to contribute to the development of the university, teach, be responsible for obtaining external funding and be available for management and administrative tasks. In addition, professors are responsible for developing the research and the pedagogical activities within the subject, to monitor the international development of the subject and to supervise doctoral students. The position as Professor and Head of Subject also involves participating in research projects and communicating the results via academic publications, as well as being active in the research community of the subject. 

In addition to the tasks of a professor, the Head of Subject shall lead and develop the research subject, which consists of research and education at first, second, and third-cycle levels. The Head of Subject has a particular leadership responsibility and is responsible for securing funding for their organisation. The Head of Subject is also responsible for the quality of all education and for contacts with the surrounding society. The Head of Subject should always be a professor and be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor. 

Qualifications according to the Higher Education Ordinance and the Appointment Procedure.
To be qualified as a professor, the applicant should have demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical proficiency. As much attention should be given to the assessment of pedagogical proficiency as to the scientific proficiency. In order to meet the requirements for the position of professor, the applicants shall: 

  • demonstrate academic leadership and potential to conduct and develop research in collaboration with the surrounding community, 
  • be prominent within their subject area and demonstrate an original and innovative scientific core in their work while attaining a high international standard, including a total scientific production corresponding to at least three doctoral dissertations, 
  • have documented their experience in seeking and being granted external funding for research and development projects,
  • have documented experience of supervising students at the third-cycle level and, unless there are special grounds, have been the principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student for up to them receiving their degree. The supervisory period shall include the majority of the student's third-cycle studies. 
  • have documented pedagogical proficiency and sound collaboration with the surrounding community in educational contexts for the purpose of contributing to the relevance of the education and preparation for working life. 

The following assessment criteria (equally weighted) are applied: 

  • scientific proficiency
  • pedagogical proficiency
  • the ability to lead and develop activities 

Additional assessment criteria (equally weighted)

  • the ability to obtain external research and development funding
  • good knowledge in English, both spoken and written
  • experience of design work

Further information
For further information, please contact: Head of Department Charlotta Johansson,, phone +46 (0)920-49 18 67 
Union representatives: SACO-S Christer Gardelli, +46 (0)920-49 18 09, OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-49 17 92 
Luleå University of Technology actively promotes equality and diversity, which contribute to a creative study and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, openness, collaboration, trust and responsibility. 

Please apply for the position by clicking the application button below and attach your cover letter and CV together with your university degree certificates. We advice you to write your application in English since there may be English-speaking assessment experts. The university degree certificates shall be certified and translated into Swedish or English. The scientific works, which the applicants primarily want to refer to in support of their application, shall be attached. We strongly recommend that the applicants use the standard application form to be found on our webpage, under Vacant positions. Application documents that cannot be appended electronically shall be submitted in triplicate and sent to Luleå University of Technology, Registrar, SE-971 87 LULEÅ, Sweden. Please mark the documents with the reference number. 

Final day to apply: 24 April 2019 
Reference number: 247-2019