Applications are invited for a PhD position at Luleå University of Technology, Division of Machine Elements for research on an EU funded project ‘Wear of nano-structured bainitic steels- correlation of microstructures and wear performance in different situations’.

This is a collaborative research project between the Divisions of Machine Elements and Engineering Materials at LTU. These two Divisions are internationally known for their frontier research in the field of tribology and engineering materials. Both these Divisions are equipped with excellent research facilities for conducting tribology and materials science research. Detailed information about these Divisions can be found at the following web links:

Division of Machine Elements

Division of Materials Science

The focus of research in this project will be on investigating the wear mechanisms of nanostructured bainitic steels in different situations and correlation of microstructure to wear properties. The idea is an optimisation of microstructure for enhanced wear resistance. The work will involve developing and optimising heat treatments of steels for obtaining desired nano-bainitic structures, detailed microstructural characterisation and wear/wear mechanisms studies.


The research is mainly experimental in nature and the candidate must possess excellent practical skills and knowledge pertaining to phase transformations and heat treatment of steels, microstructural characterisation of materials, wear testing and advanced surface analytical techniques. Applicants should possess an MSc engineering degree with specialisation in materials science & engineering or mechanical engineering with focus on materials technology. A written proof of good English language proficiency (test certificate, relevant transcript of records or a confirmation letter) is required.

At Luleå University of Technology, the PhD student will normally conclude a licentiate degree halfway through their studies. PhD students will be offered a position for 4 to maximum 5 years (if teaching or other departmental work is included in the position).

Read: General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology at our website.


Entrance to the position: as soon as possible or according to agreement with Luleå University of Technology.

For further information and informal discussion, please contact:

Braham Prakash, Professor, email: phone: +46 (0) 920 493055

Esa Vuorinen, Senior Lecturer, email: phone: +46 (0) 920 493449

Jens Hardell, Associate Professor, email: phone: +46 (0) 920 491774

Representatives of the unions SACO, TCO, OFR can be reached through LTU’s switch board: +46 - 920-49 10 00.


You can apply for the position through the link below. Your application must include motivation letter, CV, copies of diplomas from university, a written proof of your English proficiency and at least two references with their contact details. Mark your application with ref no. 1971-14

Last day for application: 15 September 2014

Reference number: 1971-14

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