Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, Dep. of Technology and Society

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.

Description of the workplace

The position is located at the railway operations research group at the division of Transport and Roads, at the department of Technology and Society, at the Faculty of Engineering. We study railway operations and systems, with a specific focus on improving their punctuality and capacity. The group currently consists of one associate professor, two postdocs, and four doctoral students, all located in the civil engineering building in Lund. We strive for a positive work environment, with a high level of communication and supervision, joint seminars, and frequent engagement with industry. We coordinate a national center of excellence in capacity and punctuality, participate in EU-Rail, and a wide range of nationally funded research projects. More about the unit can be found at Lund University’s Research Portal

Work duties

You will assist in some research projects related to railway delays, punctuality, and maintenance. You will also help coordinate a major international research proposal and assist with the seeking of other external funding. The position entails frequent travel, both domestic and international, but otherwise assumes a high degree of physical presence at the office. 

Description of the work duties:

  • to support/assist the research group, conduct research within the subject railway traffic, especially capacity and punctuality.
  • teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies.
  • supervision of degree projects. 
  • assist in seeking external research funding.
  • collaboration with industry and wider society.
  • administration related to the work duties listed above.


Appointment to a position as a researcher requires that the applicant has a PhD.

Required qualifications:

  • a PhD or equivalent research qualification within railway traffic or railway transport.
  • very good oral and written proficiency in English.  
  • knowledge of the railway sector and operations. 
  • experience of working with and conducting research on train delays.   
  • a high level of personal independence. 
  • a high ability to collaborate with others.

We consider it an additional qualification if you have:

  • Experience of collaborating with stakeholders in the railway industry.
  • Experience of working with the European railway industry.
  • Experience with applying for external research funding.  

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

The position is a fixed term position for 10 months at 100 per cent of full time. Start no later than 16 September 2024.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. The application should also include a degree certificate or equivalent and any other document to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.).  

Welcome to apply!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-16
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1716
  • Carl-William Palmqvist, associate professor,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 28.May.2024
Last application date 11.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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