JTH, Industrial product development, production and design

The School of Engineering (JTH) 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 realization. We collaborate with the surrounding society to develop new technology and spread knowledge to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. We have been awarded the accreditation "Engaged University" by the international organization ACEEU (Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities) and in three categories received the highest rating "Excellent". Working with us, you are close to 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 four educational programmes at Campus in Jönköping. In addition, the department is responsible for two education programmes 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 of Industrial Product development, Production and Design is looking for a PhD student in the subjects of Production system, Automation, Robotics, Flexibility in Production and Assembly, for research project “SABACE”. The PhD student will participate in the strategic development of the production research at the department in close collaboration with the regional industry aiming for international competitiveness.


Work assignments

Your work will mainly include studying, analyzing, and developing an industrial framework for development of safe and sustainable automated assembly cells that contribute to increasing productivity and performance in a mixed-model assembly system. You will also take part in research studies such as product realization, production development, and automation.

Furthermore, strategic development of research within the Production Group is to contribute to a continuous analysis and advocation of industrial automation by directing research towards key areas such as flexibility, sustainability, and integration of product design and automation solutions e.g., design of interfaces between production equipment and products.

Besides this, the work would also include working with companies in the region and engaging them in department activities. Other tasks, such as teaching, do not represent more than 20% of the total working hours.



To be eligible for the position, you have a Master’s degree or have achieved at least 240 credits/ECTS, of which a minimum of 60 credits/ECTS must have been achieved at second cycle level, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering with focus on Production Systems, Automation, Robotics, Assembly Systems, Flexibility in Production, and Product Customization is a requirement.
Master thesis work or final project work in Industrial Production, Automation/Robotics is expected.

Jönköping University has a clear international character, which also requires good written and communicative ability in English. Due to the collaboration with regional industry, a good level of the Swedish language, both written and oral, is expected.

To succeed and thrive in the role, we see it as necessary that you are driven, structured and responsible. It is also important to have good communication and collaboration skills.

It is meritorious if you have:

  • Teaching at university level
  • Work experience in Production Systems
  • Work experience in Robotics
  • Work experience in Automation



We offer a fully financed full-time position which is limited in accordance with the applicable collective agreement for doctoral students. The start date of the employment is 1st of January 2023 or by agreement.

The employment as a doctoral student normally covers five years, of which four years (80%) consist of full-time doctoral studies. The employment is extended annually based on the individual study plan. The salary is regulated according to a special doctoral student ladder. Annual working time for teachers according to the university's collective agreement.

The School of Engineering encourages applications of both female and male applicants. We are actively working for a more balanced distribution between male and female researchers/teachers. We value having an organization made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities, which is why we encourage applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to equality and diversity within our organization.



Welcome with your application, no later than 2022-11-30
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Your application is preferred in PDF form through our recruitment system and must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Cv
  • Attested certificates and diploma 
  • Thesis work / Final project work
  • References

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-01-01, or as agreed upon.
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2022/3894-211
  • David Samvin, +4636-101917
  • Kerstin Johansen, +4636-101815
Union representative
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +4636-101076
  • Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S, +4636-101647
Published 26.Sep.2022
Last application date 30.Nov.2022 11:59 PM CET

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