Lund University, designvetenskaper

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The postdoctoral position is located the dept. of Design Sciences, Faculty of engineering, Lund University. Design Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that integrates design, technology and people in its research and education. The advertised position is financed within a newly formed research center - the Sparbanken Skåne Center for Sustainable Business Development (SSCEN). You will be part of the centre's interdisciplinary research environment consisting of at least 3 other postdocs together with doctoral students, and senior researchers from the School of Economics and the Faculty of Engineering. You are expected to actively contribute to the research within the interdisciplinary centre, both in collaboration with others and individually.

Subject description
The subject of transformative innovation aims to understand, explain and improve businesses and operations with a focus on the development and adaptation of new and existing solutions (e.g. systems, goods and/or services) as well as new or improved processes (e.g. technical, organizational and business), to create value for individuals, groups, companies, supply chains and society. The research addresses both human, organizational, process and technical aspects such as user-centred design, technology and business development, development methodology, integration and collaboration, industrialization and sustainable development.

Project description
In order to meet climate, biodiversity and other sustainability goals, there must be rapid development and change within the business world over the next 5-10 years, and there must be a policy that promotes this. This means changes in consumption and production, increased resource efficiency and circularity, as well as new industry connections, forms of cooperation, value chains and business models. Within SSCEN, we build knowledge to deal with these challenges.

A key to the transition is digitization and the use of various digital tools and artificial intelligence. Based on reliable data from companies/organizations, evaluations can be carried out, new algorithms developed and applications and solutions for sustainable business operations developed. However, this development is still in its infancy and significant research is needed in applying digital technology and evaluating its actual value to participating companies, supply chains and society at large.

For this position, we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow who can develop, apply and evaluate digital tools (such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud computing) with the aim of speeding up the transition of business to sustainable development. Areas of application relate to sustainable and circular business arrangements based on both a producer and consumer perspective and include close collaboration with participating actors. The focus is thus not on the digital technology itself, but on its application, usefulness and wider effects.

You, together with the other postdocs within SSCEN, will contribute with complementary competencies related to strategy, sustainable and circular supply chains, digitization, regional and industrial policy development, entrepreneurship and financing/accounting. Close collaboration will also take place with the centre's doctoral students and senior researchers.

Work duties
The tasks as a postdoctoral researcher mainly include conducting research. Actively seeking external funding in collaboration with other SSCEN employees is also part of the duties. Teaching may also be included, but no more than 20% of the working time. Within the framework of the employment, the opportunity is given for three weeks of university pedagogical training. The purpose of the employment is to develop one's independence as a researcher and to create conditions for further qualifications.

The duties include, for example, to:

  • Research in the subject area
  • empirical studies within the SSCEN network
  • development, application and evaluation of digital tools for sustainable business development
  • co-creation of theoretical and analytical frameworks
  • drafting and publish research papers in collaboration.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students
  • Work with applying for external research funding,
  • Teaching at basic level, advanced level and postgraduate level,
  • Cooperation with business and society,
  • Administration linked to the tasks above.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Very good knowledge in the application of digital tool
  • Good cooperation skills, drive and independence

Assessment criteria
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 on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research
  • Teaching skills

Other qualifications:

  • Documented knowledge and experience in applying digitization
  • Documented experience with advanced digital tools (e.g. generic algorithms, neural networks, digital twins or similar)
  • Proven experience of collaborating with social actors (companies, decision-makers).
  • Knowledge of Swedish, both orally and in writing

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department and SSCEN, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

We offer
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.
Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University.

Further information
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of three 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”).

How to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests, with an explicit reflection how this contributes to achieve the project’s aims (no more than three pages),
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
  • Contact information to two or more references (will be required for candidates invited for interviews).

Welcome to apply!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2814
  • Fredrik Nilsson, professor, +46709580079
  • Lars Bengtsson, professor, +46708129945
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 07.Sep.2023
Last application date 25.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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