Department of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Education

We conduct research and education in physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, industrial design engineering and didactics in mathematics and science education. We offer unique and world-leading research within the FSCN Research Centre and Sports Tech Research Centre.

The Sports Tech Research Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre that conducts research in innovative development and validation of products, materials, technology and methods, primarily with sports organisations, sports and outdoor equipment companies, as well as hospitals and industry. The research also covers medical applications, equipment for people with a disability and additive manufacturing (3D-printing) with applications primarily for materials and process development. The research centre has several technologically advanced labs, some of which are unique in the world.


Job description

We are seeking a PhD student in mechanical engineering to work on process and material development within additive manufacturing in metals, with a focus on the powder bed fusion method electron beam melting. The project will require both theoretical understanding and practical skills in additive manufacturing equipment and material characterization, as well as programming. You will explore new ways of controlling the additive manufacturing process and investigate the relationship between material, process, morphology/microstructure and functionality of different alloys. The research will be applied and multidisciplinary, and includes both laboratory work as well as modelling/programming/characterisation, but the methods will be adapted to personal strengths and interests.

Independent third-cycle studies encompassing research (80-100%), teaching and administrative tasks (0-20%).

Entry requirements

General entry requirements include a second-cycle level qualification, or fulfilment of courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or the equivalent knowledge gained in some other way in Sweden or abroad. Specific entry requirements include at least 90 credits in the subject of Engineering Physics/Physics/Materials Science/Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent knowledge gained in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Assessment criteria

Previous experience in process and material development with powder bed fusion methods (especially electron beam-based methods), material characterization and programming are advantageous. Experience in research projects and teaching is also advantageous.


Personal qualities

We are looking for an individual that takes initiative, is responsible, builds relationships, and is structured in planning, organizing, and prioritizing work effectively.  


Other assessment criteria

In addition to the formal eligibility requirements, the selection will also be based on other work (such as thesis work), previous employment, and interviews with applicants.

The research is conducted in collaboration with national industry but also in an international environment. Therefore, very good skills in English, both oral and written, are advantageous.

A description of the applicant's vision and goals regarding the field of additive manufacturing should be included in the application.

Employment process

Processing of the appointment will comply with the provisions in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, and will be carried out in accordance with Mid Sweden University’s Employment Procedures

Terms of employment

The doctoral studentship position corresponds to four years of full-time studies and is expected to lead to a Degree of Doctor. The entry date is October 1, 2023 or as agreed.

Initial doctoral student positions are valid for a maximum of one year, after which the position may be renewed by no longer than two years at a time. Provisions regarding doctoral studentship employment can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

Place of employment: Östersund

Salary: In accordance with Mid Sweden University’s salary scale for doctoral students.  


For more detailed information contact Asst. Head of department, Dr. Fredrik Ståhl,, tel. + 46 (0)10-142 84 64; Prof. Lars-Erik Rännar,, +46 10 1428417; or visit the department or Sports Tech Research Centre online. 



Application documents must be submitted in Swedish or English.

The application should include a verified CV, copies of official transcripts and degree certificates, description of objectives according to the above as well as other documents the applicant would like to refer to.

Please send in your application through our recruitment system no later than 2023-06-09.

First day of employment The entry date is October 1, 2023 or as agreed.
Salary In accordance with Mid Sweden University’s salary scale for doctoral students
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Östersund
County Jämtlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number MIUN 2023/1255
Union representative
  • Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-1428809
  • Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
Last application date 09.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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