Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members. Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff. Read more about working at Karlstad University https://www.kau.se/en/work-us

The Department of Engineering and Physics at Karlstad University has an extensive activity in the fields of mechanical and materials engineering, covering both research and teaching. The department offers courses for the faculty’s Master and Bachelor degree programmes in mechanical engineering and the Bachelor programme in innovation and design engineering. The department has a strong research activity in materials engineering, complemented by research in mechanical engineering. The research is focused on advanced steels, fatigue, tribology and additive manufacturing, exploring the microstructure and its relation to the mechanical properties of the material. Both experimental methods and theoretical modelling methods are used. The department has a comprehensive collection of modern mechanical test equipment and instruments for materials analysis. A large part of the research is done in collaboration with industrial partners. The department also has significant teaching and research activities in materials physics. Scientists in materials physics and mechanical and materials engineering together form a large research group in materials science, CMM (Characterization and Modelling of Materials), that is prioritized by the faculty. Presently, the department has 54 employees, including 9 professors, 9 associate professors, 4 senior lecturers, 8 doctoral students and 13 lecturers.

The department is now looking for a research engineer in materials engineering. We can offer an interesting and varied job, with activities ranging from laboratory support in teaching to development of test equipment and advanced materials research.

The main duties are:
- maintenance and operation of the metallography laboratory and equipment, instruments for materials analysis (SEM, TEM, XRD), mechanical testing systems, application test rigs and other laboratory equipment at the department.
- supporting laboratory tasks in teaching and research with preparation of specimens, material analysis and mechanical testing,
- participation in research projects and development of methods for material analysis and mechanical testing.

Qualification requirements
To be eligible for the position a PhD in the fields of materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or closely related disciplines, and demonstrated research skills in the field of experimental materials science, are needed.

Assessment criteria
Weight is given to;
- experience and operational skills of instruments for material analysis and mechanical test equipment,
- experience in research on metallic systems
- experience of industrial research
- experience of mechanical design using FEM calculations and CAD softwares.

Special weight is given to;
- experience and ability to develop materials test equipment, including control and monitoring of test systems,
- experience of, and operational skills in SEM/EBSD, TEM and XRD,
- Proven ability in speaking and writing Swedish and English. If such skills are lacking, a person can still be appointed on condition that the necessary knowledge is actively pursued.

Karlstad University takes pride in being an open, international university. It would be of value if the candidate has national and international contacts and experience of industrial cooperation. We especially value personal qualities such as ability to cooperate, establish good relationships with colleagues and contribute to a good atmosphere at work. We also expect our staff to take responsibility for their duties, work independently and take initiatives.

Terms of employment
The position is a full-time, non-fixed term employment with starting date at the earliest possible. Probationary employment may be applied.

The application must include well documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application must be submitted no later than the application deadline. If your application is not complete, a thorough and qualitative assessment can not be guaranteed.

The application must include:

  • Application letter with a brief description of qualifications and research interests of relevance to the position
  • CV
  • Copies of transcripts, degree certificates, relevant employment certificates and letters of recommendation.
  • Contact information to at least two references. 

Submit your application via the university’s web based recruitment tool and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links to them).

Submissions that cannot be sent electronically should be sent to:
Karlstad University, Registrator, 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden.
State the ref.no REK2018/277

Last day of application: 2019-02-01

We look forward to your application.

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and declines any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/277
  • Lars Johansson, head of department, +46 54-700 1677
  • Lasse Jacobsson, director of studies, +46 54-700 1656
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 28.Dec.2018
Last application date 01.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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