Lund University, 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 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.

The subject machine element deals with traditional mechanical functions and structures of the elements that constitute primary functions of machines, e.g. bearings, transmissions, gears, seals, joints, etc. Function, dimensioning and analysis of individual machine elements and assembled machine elements constitute key teaching and research areas. The subject is traditionally based, among other things, on mechanics, strength of materials and materials science in addition to the necessary basic technical sciences. Industrial development in recent decades has driven increasingly complex and high performance products, combining mechanical functions with electrical and digital solutions based on measurement and control technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The position as Professor of Machine Elements has been vacant and a senior lecturer in the same subject has recently been retired, why available and active teachers have been strongly reduced. The current employment will create forward-looking education and research in the field of Machine Elements, focusing on current and emerging societal challenges.

The employment will be set up on a full-time basis.

Machine Elements

Subject description The scientific area of Machine Elements includes teaching and research in both individual machine elements and machine elements in its product-technical context. This refers specifically to Machine Elements with application to product development, construction or mechatronics. Furthermore, a holistic view shall be applied where aspects of the manufacturing and recycling of machine parts can be treated in collaboration with other disciplines or fields of science. Integration with other subjects such as mechanics and materials technology as well as product development and production technology is an important part of the work.  

Work duties
The work duties include:

  • Research within the subject area
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students
  • Actively seeking external research funding
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above

Qualification requirements 
Appointment as a professor requires that the applicant has:

  • Demonstrated research expertise.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons.

Additional requirements:
Very good oral and written proficiency in English. 

Assessment criteria
When assessing the applicants, special importance will be given to research and teaching expertise equally within the subject.

For appointments to professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A very good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • A very high level of teaching skill, including a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • A good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • A good ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research, first and second cycle education and innovation within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development. 

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 Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Snarast
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3176
  • Jan-Eric Ståhl, +46462228595
  • Aylin Ahadi, +46 46 222 3039
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
Published 26.Oct.2018
Last application date 06.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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