Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Inst för teknik och samhälle, LTH

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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.

Lund University, Faculty of Engineering/LTH, Department of Technology and Society, Division of Transport and Roads, conducts research and provides higher education within the field of transport planning. The strong focus on sustainable and attractive urban regions contains aspects of safety for vulnerable road users, mobility for persons with special needs, and the design of sustainable transport solutions and infrastructure for collective and/or non-motorized modes. In order to strengthen our division, we offer a post-doctoral position focussing on public transport in sustainable cities and regions.

The post-doctoral position will be located at K2 - Sweden's national centre for research and education on public transport. The centre is based in Lund and is operated by Lund University, Malmö University, and VTI (the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute) in cooperation with the three metropolitan regions in Sweden, Stockholm County Council, Västra Götalandsregionen and Region Skåne. K2 is an internationally leading and multidisciplinary research environment focusing on public transport and sustainable mobility. The centre gathers some 80 researchers with different backgrounds but with a common interest in public transport and its contribution to sustainable cities and regions. The activities at K2 are characterised by what we call co-production, i.e. the public transport business taking active part together with researchers in developing projects, the execution of research and the dissemination of results.

The post-doctoral position shall contribute to the development new knowledge related to one or more of the K2 research themes:

  • Financing and governance: including organizational aspects, contracts, costs, and financing models.
  • Societal impacts: the contribution of public transport to societal development, including effects from various perspectives, and methods for ex-ante or ex-port evaluation of e.g. wider benefits.
  • Collaboration for improved public transport including e.g., how more coordinated and integrated strategies for land use and transport planning can be achieved, or how public and private stakeholders can collaborate within new forms of combined mobility solutions.
  • Digitalisation: the opportunities of digitalisation for improved public transport, e.g. related to real-time information to different stakeholders and passengers before and during a trip.
  • Attitudes and behaviour: the passenger perspective, focusing on the behaviour, norms, values and needs of existing and potential public transport users and how these can be considered in planning.

These themes can be addressed through different perspectives and methodological approaches. The full K2 research agenda, including a more detailed description of the research themes, is available at


Transport and Roads, focussing on public transport in sustainable cities and regions

Work duties

The main task involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. The post-doc will be involved in all aspects of the research process, including project planning, research design, empirical analysis, presentation of findings at conferences, and preparation of manuscripts for submission to leading peer-reviewed journals. The post-doc will have the opportunity to co-author papers with colleagues, and work with an array of affiliated researchers and practitioners interested in sustainable mobility and public transport. Teaching and other duties may also be included, but up to no more than 20 percent of working hours.

The post-doctoral researcher is also expected to:

  • develop the public transport research at LTH and Transport and Roads
  • further develop LTH and Transport and Roads activities as contributions to K2
  • actively participate in and contribute to the K2 research environment, including research seminars and other activities,
  • actively seek external research funding, typically in collaboration with colleagues at K2
  • collaborate with public transport stakeholders and wider society

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant holds a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within a subject relevant for the position. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in engineering, social science, economics, behavioural science, or similar subject. The PhD should be completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good oral and written proficiency in any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish or Norwegian).

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based in their research qualifications and potential as researchers. For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • Good ability to develop and conduct high quality research relevant to the K2 research themes
  • Excellent communication skills in English in both speech and writing
  • Ability to co-operate with colleagues in other scientific disciplines
  • Interest and ability to develop research questions together with other stakeholders
  • Interest and ability to transfer knowledge into policy and practice

Work and/or research experience from the transport and mobility field is a merit. Experience from working in a Swedish or Scandinavian context is not necessary but is considered positive.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1073
  • Anders Wretstrand, avdelningschef, +46462220482
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 13.Apr.2018
Last application date 07.May.2018 11:59 PM CET

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