PhD student position in Quality and Productivity in the construction industry

Chalmers University of Technology


PhD student position in Quality and Productivity in the construction industry

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has about 290 employees encompassing a broad theoretical knowledge base, from engineering science to the social sciences to the humanities, as well as design-based, artistic research. The combination of all of these perspectives allows for great interdisciplinary advancement in the field and a broader discussion of various aspects of sustainability. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for architecture and civil engineering, well equipped to take on the common challenges of building a sustainable future.


Information about the division
The details of the division's research activities may be found at Division of Construction Management

Project description
The PhD project is part of a core research priority in ACE/Construction Management focusing on quality and productivity of building projects. This project aims at strengthening our understanding of how productivity and quality is interlinked. Construction projects is often hampered with budget and time overrun and quality tend to be the forgotten dimension.  Several central tools are believed to assure quality, Collaboration and regulatory measures, socalled self-control. The project intends to arrange active change work in building projects scrutinizing improvement strategies. The likely theoretical framing is institutional theory in an interdisciplinary constellation with action research.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility will be to carry out a doctoral project on productivity and quality. This involves the development of a theoretical frame on the base of a literature study, method, data collection, and systematic analysis of results and reporting.

You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify for the position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Engineering or Social Science, for example in Design and Construction Project Management. The position also requires knowledge on construction sites mode of operation. Knowledge on quality management  activities mitigating defects on building sites is an advantage.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. 
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190510 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 23 October, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Head of division Caroline Ingelhammar, + 46-31 772 3057

Professor Christian Koch, division of Construction Management

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