Postdoctoral researcher/researcher in mechanical engineering

The School of Science and Technology at Örebro University, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher alternatively a researcher in mechanical engineering for a fixed-term two (2) year appointment.

Fixed-term position: Full time
The application deadline is 
Ref no: ORU 2.2.1-06739/2018



At the School of Science and Technology, internationally renowned research is pursued in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, computer science, and mechanical engineering.

The Division of Mechanical Engineering offers four engineering programmes at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels in mechanical engineering, and industrial and management engineering. At Örebro University, research in mechanical engineering is pursued within the framework of digitalized development and operation of sustainable products and production systems. Research is pursued in collaboration with world-leading companies such as SAAB, Volvo Cars, IKEA, LKAB, Atlas Copco, Tetra Pak, BillerudKorsnäs, and a number of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include carrying out research under the leadership of Professor Löfstrand, including industry collaboration, data collection, process availability descriptions related to fault and failure descriptions, and process availability modelling and simulation in the context of reliability modelling. The role will involve developing algorithms and statistical models to predict the presence of faults, degradation and time to failure of assets (i.e. mechanical systems) based on data from sensors and condition monitoring systems.

Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering fields, Mathematics or Computer Science is required. The candidate should ideally have experience in machine learning techniques and statistical data analysis. Knowledge of predictive maintenance and Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is desirable. Proven ability in code development in a programming language such as Java, Python or C# is required.


Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or in, given the duties above, related subject areas, for example mathematics or computer science. A PostDoc position is offered if the successful applicants doctoral degree has been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that are also invited to apply, the successful applicant will in that case be offered a researcher position.

Assessment criteria

General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well. Fluency or near fluency in Swedish are highly valued due to industrial collaboration. Fluency or near fluency in English is desired. Strong competence in activities listed in the duties and responsibilities are required.


The position is a full-time position for a fixed term of two years funded by Örebro University and is aimed at creating a strong research group within mechanical engineering. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information, please contact Professor Magnus Löfstrand, +46 707 959429,


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter
  • CV
  • An account of the applicant’s research qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 2019-02-15. We look forward to receiving your application!

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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