Doctoral Position in Innovation Engineering

Lund University Faculty of Engineering


Doctoral Student in Innovation Engineering – With the Focus on Digital Solutions, Product Development and Circular Business Models

Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Design Sciences

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

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.

Innovation engineering

Innovation engineering is a division at the Department of Design Sciences at LTH. We conduct research and teach about innovation processes. To us innovation is an iterative process for understanding, developing, implementing or adapting new products and service to the market. This covers a broad and multidisciplinary domain, which is also reflected in the areas of our research group: health, renewable energy, cloud computing, life science, information technology, additive manufacturing and trade.  


Today’s problem on the environment and climate change are closely related to products, which is also pointed out in Agenda 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG), under goal 12. Despite many goals of breaking the link between waste volumes and and growth, today’s society is still charactherized by a linear ecenomy, a “wear and tear” culture, which has led to a negetive impact on the climate, eco systems and human helath. An alternative linear economy is a more circular ecenomy where the extraction of material and energy resources is reduced, and the resources are instead circulated in a technical cycles, which in turn reduces the amount of waste. A circular economy is based on a smarter economy, increased utilization of products and longer lifespans, where sharing, reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling are key components. Sustainable products are therefore dependent on the business model being sustainble, and circular business models have been pointed out as a promising solution for a more circular economy.

Project description

In recent decades, we have seen a rapid development of digitalization e.g. development of Internet of Things (IoT) and Atrificial Intelligence (AI), and ecompanies have developed increasingly smarter and more connected products, which in turn has enabled large amounts of data to be generated and collected. Unfortunately, this data is not used to a greater extent today for the development of more sustainable products and circular business models, partly due to legal aspects but also due to lack of competence. Correctly used, this data would open up opportunities to analyze and understand  product life cycles in a whole new way, and thereby support the development of more sustainable products and circular business models. For example, user data could be used for better understanding uasage petterns and to increase the utilization rate or the product, and plannig for upgrades and maintenance, and inform where the product wants to be handed in, and disassembled when it reaches its end-of-life.

This doctoral student project aims to identify how digitalisation, such as Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, product development and circular business models can be combined for a circular economy and sustainable society. The project is carried out within the framwork of the national graduate school Management and IT (MIT). 

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Innovation engineering if the applicant has:

  • at least 50 credits in subjects of relevance to the field, including at least 25 second-cycle credits, or
  • an MSc in Engineering, or one- or two-year Master’s degree of relevance to the field.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Good knowledge in business models
  • Good knowledge in sustainable development

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish
  • Knowledge about digitalizaion e.g. IoT and AI

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). You are also asked to answer the job specific questions. 

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment As soon as possible according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/1126
Jessica Wadin, Senior Lecturer,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 23.Apr.2021
Last application date 21.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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