PhD student in place innovation

PhD student in place innovation

Annons: 27635923
Yrke: Doktorand
Arbetsgivare: Luleå tekniska universitet
Arbetets ort: Luleå, Norrbottens län
Senaste ansökningsdatum: 2023-06-13
Publiceringsdatum: 2023-05-23


Arbetslivserfarenhet: Doktorand


Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.Now you have the opportunity to be part of PRECISE, which is one of three future focus areas of research at Luleå University of Technology. PRECISE is a strategic initiative for pioneering research in innovative precision health to enable an attractive and sustainable society that promotes equal and good health across all stages of life.

The research within PRECISE is interdisciplinary where a number of different research subjects and societal actors collaborate in various projects to increase the accuracy of interventions at the molecular, individual and societal level. Through increased knowledge of human biology, lifestyle and environment, new methods are developed that enable the right intervention, at the right time and in the right context.

Here you can read more about PRECISE

As a doctoral student, you will be part of a research school with a focus on precision health and in a network with other doctoral students within PRECISE, with different research orientations and subject affiliations.

Based on the PhD candidate’s education, interests and experiences, the research subject will be either marketing or design in the project HeartSmart: Using design co-creation to develop healthier cities.

Project description
The concept of a smart city has gained increasing popularity in recent years as cities around the world embrace modern technologies and innovation to improve the lives of their citizens. At its core, a smart city is defined as a city that uses technology to improve the efficiency, sustainability, and livability of its urban environment. However, the concept of a smart city should also be critically analyzed. For example, the smart city concept can be experienced as too focused on technology and not enough on the needs and desires of its citizens. In some cases, this can lead to a disconnect between the technological solutions being implemented and the actual problems that need to be addressed in a city. Also, the smart city concept can be seen as too focused on a particular group of its citizens, such as those who are wealthier or more tech-savvy. This can lead to a widening of existing social and economic inequalities within a city, as certain groups of people benefit from the technological solutions being implemented while others are left behind.

Despite the criticism, the concept of a smart city can bring significant benefits to attractive urban living environments. By using technology to improve the efficiency of transportation systems, reduce energy consumption, and enhance public mobility, for example, cities can become more sustainable, resilient, livable, and used to promote the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Therefore, the purpose for this project is to provide a deeper understanding on how smart city design can lead to a healthier city, for its inhabitants, business owners, and visitors.

A doctoral position involves both theoretical and practical scientific work in accordance with an individual study plan. The doctoral position is part of a research group where scientific work is carried out in collaboration. For the doctoral student, this includes collecting and analysing data and writing scientific articles under supervision. It also means conducting third-cycle courses, participating in the graduate school and the department's seminar activities. Furthermore, to present the research nationally and internationally. The doctoral student position may also include departmental duties.

You are qualified to apply for this position if you have completed or will soon complete a masters-level degree (MSc, MBA, MA, Civilekonom) with a focus in either of the areas of marketing or design. Experience in marketing, place branding, or design is a merit for the position. The applicant must have good co-operation skills and good oral and written communication skills in English. Good communications skills in Swedish is a merit.

For further information on specific doctoral programmes see,
Study plans for doctoral programmes in the Faculty of Engineering
Syllabus for doctoral education in the Faculty of Philosophy

Further Information
The doctoral studies include a time-limited full-time employment of four years. Departmental service of a maximum of 20% of full time in the form of teaching can be included in the work tasks in addition to the doctoral programme. Location: Luleå.

Intended entry: according to agreement or no later than October 1, 2023.

For further information about the position you are welcome to contact:

• Associate Professor of marketing, Tim Foster; TEL: 0920-49 14 84; e-mail:
• Professor of Design, Åsa Wikberg Nilsson; TEL: 0920-49 13 42; e-mail:

Union representative:
SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below where you attach a personal letter. Please mark your application with the reference number below. Applications and diplomas must be written in Swedish or English.

Reference number: 2331-2023
Deadline for applications: June 13, 2023