The School of Engineering is one of four schools within Jönköping University. We offer attractive technical education at undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct advanced research in several technological areas. The School of Engineering is able to award doctorates in the area of industrial product realisation. We collaborate with the surrounding society to develop new technology and spread knowledge to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. You work closely with colleagues in an international environment with great opportunities to influence and develop.

The Department of Industrial Product Development, Production and Design conducts education and research in areas such as product development, production development and industrial design. The department is responsible for five educational programs at our campus in Jönköping. In addition, the department is responsible for two educational programs in Nässjö and Värnamo. The department has a strong engagement in the development of research and education within Knowledge Intensive Product Realisation which is a strategic area at Jönköping University.

The department is looking for four (4) doctoral students to the graduate school Industrial Product Realisation in the subjects of Production Systems and Machine Design for the research project Integrated Product and Production Platforms Supporting Agile and Demand Driven Product Realisation (IDEAL).


The aim of the project is to further develop methods, models and demonstrators to support manufacturing companies to develop and integrate their product and production platforms.

The ambition is to develop knowledge that can support manufacturing companies to reach efficiency in offering unique products and yet being agile to changes in markets, legislations, technology and stakeholders’ demands.

As a doctoral student, your work will mainly be research studies and research project work focusing on integrated product and production platforms in one of the following subprojects (A to D):

Subproject A: Changeable product platforms
with focus on design and development of changeable product platforms where the integration with the production platform is coordinated for enhanced producibility and efficient production preparation.

Subproject B: Production platform co-development
with focus on production platform development and strategies for changeable production systems. The co-development with the product platform is central to successfully achieve integration.

Subproject C: Digitalization and automation of integrated product and production platforms
with focus on platform engineering processes to support efficient development, use, and improvement.

Subproject D: Boundary objects supporting integrated platform development
with focus on knowledge integration and crossing of boundaries between the product and production domains to support agile and demand driven product realisation.   

Upon application, state the preferred subproject/s (A, B, C or D).

As a doctoral student you normally spend 80% of your time on research. Other tasks, such as teaching, do not represent more than 20% of the working hours.


To be eligible for the position, you have a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Production Systems, Industrial Engineering and Management, Engineering Design, Product Development, Integrated Product and Production Development or equivalent.

Due to the international working environment, a good level of the English language, both written and oral, is expected. The ability to speak and write in Swedish is meritorious, as the work is in close collaboration with Swedish companies.

The successful candidate is truly committed, creative and curious. You enjoy collaborations, are capable of actualizing visions and ideas into practically feasible working methods and methodology and you have good communication skills. It is important that you have good analytical and systematical abilities.

It is important that you demonstrate skills to work efficiently, conscientiously and professionally both independently and in a team environment with great responsibility and ability to finish dedicated assignments/tasks on time. Furthermore, you have a flexible work approach, are resilient to external stresses and can manage multiple work tasks simultaneously.

It would also be considered beneficial if you have:

  • Theoretical knowledge in relevant fields related to the relevant subproject.
  • Final project work or thesis work in relevant subject.
  • Experience in engineering software, especially for Subproject C.
  • Teaching or lab-assistant work experience is meritorious.
  • Driver´s license for car - especially if it is valid in Sweden.


The employment will commence 1 September 2020 or as agreed upon. Working conditions are regulated in collective agreements. The applications will be handled on an ongoing basis, whereupon appointments can be made before the last application date.

For further information you are welcome to contact;

Olof Granath, Head of department, +46 (0)36 101749
David Samvin,, +46 (0) 36 101917
Professor Fredrik Elgh,, +46 (0) 36 101672
Professor Kristina Säfsten,, +46 (0) 36 101639


We look forward to receiving your application, no later than April 30

The application should include:

  • An accompanying letter with information about the applicant letter of intent. (2 pages) (appendix 1)
  • A complete CV including references. (appendix 2)
  • Certified certificates and diplomas (both BSc and MSc)
  • Transcript of courses in English (or Swedish)
  • Master thesis (if completed)
Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1, 2020 och according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 4
Working hours 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/949-221
  • Olof Granath, +46 36-10 1749
  • David Samvin, +46 36-10 1917
  • Fredrik Elgh, +46 36-10 1672
  • Kristina Säfsten, +46 36 101639
Union representative
  • Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1647
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +46 36-10 1076
Published 17.Mar.2020
Last application date 30.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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