PhD Student in Operation and Maintenance Engineering - Climate-Resilience Infrastructure

Luleå University of Technology is one of Europe’s leading universities in operation and maintenance engineering. The University offers a unique opportunity for developing, comprehensive research skills throughout working in multi-disciplinary multi culture environment. We are seeking for a highly motivated PhD student who can contribute towards science and technology in operation and maintenance engineering with focus on climate adaptation options in transport network.


Operation and Maintenance Engineering deals with the development of methodologies, models and tools to ensure high system dependability and efficient and effective maintenance processes for both new and existing systems.The subject area of Operation and Maintenance Engineering is multidisciplinary in nature, transcending the boundaries and separating many disciplines of science, emerging technology, and arts. The division’s activities are aligned towards finding synergies with other engineering disciplines and building networks with many active research groups, locally and worldwide. With the increasing awareness among the industry and academia that maintenance ensures safe and sustainable performance and creates additional value for the business process, the division has been working collaboratively with industries, academic and research partners.


We are searching for a PhD student to perform research on topic “Climate Adaptation and Risk Mitigation of Swedish Railway Infrastructure”. The aim of the project is to improve the resilience of rail infrastructure from adverse future climate conditions through implementing climate adaptation strategy in design, operation and maintenance of railway infrastructure.Majority of infrastructures were conceptualized, designed and built without any in-depth analysis of climate change impacts. Climate change have negative impact on railway system and related operation and maintenance costs. Increased temperatures, and frequency of extreme adverse weather event e.g. floods, heatwaves, and heavy snowfall, create specific risks for operation and maintenance of railway infrastructure assets. Climate change creates multi-dimensional problems for societies and there is a need for new technologies which will facilitate mitigating the impacts of climate change on service reliability of infrastructure. Digitalization and AI technology can be used to improve the current decision support system (DSS) considering climate change model, societal need with socio-economy consideration to arrive at best practices for infrastructure management. Please find the page for AdaptUrbanRail and AdaptRail for more information.


As a PhD student, you are expected to perform both theoretical and field work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. You are also expected to go through the compulsory doctoral courses. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you may have the opportunity to try out the teaching role.


In order to be eligible for employment you must have a MSc in, Operation and Maintenance Engineering, Civil Engineering, Transport Engineering, Risk and Resilience Engineering or equivalent educational background in relevant subjects. Additionally, Experience and good knowledge in AI and machine learning, programming skills (Python, .NET framework, etc) is strongly desirable. Knowledge of railway engineering as well as climate change science are considered a merit. Since some of the work will be conducted in close collaboration with other researchers and industry partners you must have good skills in both written and spoken English. Knowledge in the Swedish language is merit.For further information about a specific subject see; General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology


Fulltime fixed-term employment for four years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties such as administration and/or teaching up to maximum 20% of fulltime may be added. The expected start date for the position is May 2023.

Placement: Luleå, Sweden.

For further information about the position, please contact Amir Garmabaki, +46(0)920-49 3429 or Uday Kumar, +46(0)920-49 1826

Union representatives: SACO-S: Kjell Johansson, +46(0)920-49 1529,, OFR-S: Lars Frisk, +46(0)920-49 1792,

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the English version takes precedence.


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