Assistant Professor of Energy Sciences

Lund University

Assistant Professor of Energy Sciences

Lund University, LTH,

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The department of Energy Sciences at Lund University, Faculty of Enfineering invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in Heat Transfer with focus on numerical simulation of industrial heat transfer processes. 

Description of the workplace 
The Department of Energy Sciences conducts research into phenomena, mechanisms, components, processes, and systems with relevance to the energy sector. The research is based on a combination of modeling, numerical simulations, and experimental studies. The department works with a broad range of problems, ranging from industrially relevant research and development to fundamental research into several different fields. Energy Sciences has an extensive network of collaborators, both academic and industrial, national and international. The Department of Energy Sciences is the foundation Organization for the divisions of Fluid mechanics, Combustion Engines, Heat transfer, Thermal Power Engineering and Efficient Energy Systems. The current position is with the Division of Heat transfer.

The Division of heat transfer focuses on single- and multi-phase flows in which thermal processes, such as heat transfer and/or exothermic reactions, play a prominent role. The research is based on a combination of modeling, numerical simulations, and experimental studies. Heat transfer currently coordinates the two competence centers CESTAP, funded by The Swedish Energy Agency and the industry, and AdTherM funded by VINNOVA and the industry. The research covers a wide range of disciplines and cover a wide range of levels, from industrially relevant research and development to fundamental research in different areas of important to the energy transition. The division collaborates extensively with researchers from a variety of fields nationally and internationally.

Going forward, Division of Heat Transfer will consist of 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor and 2 Assistant Professors (this position included), who will collaborate strongly for example through the newly granted Vinnova Competence Centre AdTherM, where the person hired here will be included in the supervision team of several PhD students. Despite the expectation of strong internal collaboration, there is also a need of an independent line-of-research as well as external collaboration.

Heat Transfer with focus on numerical simulation of industrial heat transfer processes.

Subject description
Numerical simulation of heat transfer in industrial processes such as heating, cooling, fluid flow, boiling, melting, phase-change, and energy recovery, but also thermochemical and electrochemical energy conversion.

Work duties
Employment as an Assistant Professor is a career development position, which aims for the holder to develop his or her independence as a researcher and educator. The work duties mainly involve research and teaching. The position shall include the opportunity for five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Work duties include:

  • Research in the field of numerical simulation of industrial heat transfer processes.
  • Teaching at first- second-, and third cycles.
  • Supervision of master thesis projects and doctoral students.
  • Work with applying for external research funding.
  • Collaboration with business and society.
  • Administration linked to the tasks above.

Qualification requirements 
Appointment to Assistant Professor requires that the applicant has a PhD, or acquired corresponding research expertise.

Priority should be given to applicants who have completed their degree or acquired the equivalent expertise no more than five years before the last date for applications. 

Assessment criteria
For appointment to Assistant Professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

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

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience of simulations with OpenFOAM or equivalent software.
  • Documented/demonstrated ability to cooperate with the surrounding community.
  • Documented/demonstrated ability to inform and report on one's research activities.

Other qualifications

  • Demonstrated potential to lead and develop operations.
  • Competence in heat transfer and numerical fluid mechanics.
  • Experience of teaching in fluid mechanics and/or heat transfer.
  • Documented ability to publish in highly ranked scientific journals.
  • Experience from research in industry and/or research in projects with large industrial collaboration.
  • Experience of postdoctoral research in a research environment other than the university at which the applicant obtained their PhD.
  • Experience of PhD student supervision 

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

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 6 years. The employment is regulated in accordance with Chapter 4 Section 12a§ HEA.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Promotion to Senior Lecturer in Heat Transfer with focus on numerical simulation of industrial heat transfer processes 
During the period of employment, an Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if he or she has the required qualifications listed below, and is deemed suitable. An Assistant Professor can only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to Senior Lecturer requires that the applicant has: 

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means. 

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Good ability to co-operate, independence and drive.
  • Progression in research and teaching expertise.
  • Ability to actively, independently seek and successfully acquire external funding.
  • Ability to contribute to renewal of the organization’s activities.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Swedish to carry out administrative and educational tasks that require an understanding of Swedish.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2890
  • Christer Fureby,
  • Martin Andersson,
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Published 09.Oct.2023
Last application date 04.Dec.2023 11:59 PM CET

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