Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

We are hiring a Ph.D. student in process metallurgy who will do research in the field of pyrometallurgy with focus on slag chemistry. The research is demand-driven fundamental research conducted in collaboration with senior researchers and industrial partners. As a Ph.D. student, you will be part of a dynamic and international research environment with close collaboration with partners from research institutes and industry.

Subject description
Process Metallurgy is concerned with the sustainable extraction of metals from primary and secondary raw materials using both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes.

Project description
You will perform research in a project with the aim to generate new knowledge about the initial slag formation processes in a Peirce-Smith converter. The metallurgical capacity of the process is largely influenced by the thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of the slag. By better understanding the initial slag formation processes, the timing of various additions can be improved, ultimately enhancing the ability to process complex materials with minimal impact on the process and product.

The project includes significant parts of experimental and practical research, such as characterization and laboratory experiments, but may also involve modeling to enhance understanding of the phenomena under study.

As a PhD student, you are employed at the university and expected to perform both experimental and theoretical research. The position aims to develop you into an independent researcher, meaning you will conduct research and communicate your results in international conferences and scientific journals. Most of your time will be devoted to your research studies, but you can also have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you are a neutral party in many contexts, which provides an excellent opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects.

You are an enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and highly motivated person who wants to conduct advanced research in process metallurgy. You are comfortable working independently and with internal and external partners in a group context. Above all, you are determined to continuously develop your skillset and contribute to research that furthers the knowledge within the field of process metallurgy. You are required to have a M.Sc. in metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, inorganic chemistry, process chemistry, material science, or similar. You should master English on a professional level, both written and verbal. Experience in experimental work, hydrometallurgy and inorganic chemistry is meritorious. When enquired, you must be able to provide contact details for two references.

For further information about a specific subject see * General syllabus for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Further information
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Placement: Luleå. Starting: As soon as possible according to arrangement.

For further information about the position, please contact:
Associate professor Fredrik Enström, +46 920-49 1388,
Senior lecturer Andreas Lennartsson, +46 920-49 2379,

Union representatives:
SACO-S Kjell Johansson +46 920-49 1529,  
OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 920-49 1792,

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.

Closing date for applications: January 31, 2024
Reference number: 5430-2023