Assistant Professor in Building Materials at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is delighted to offer a professor position in civil engineering. The initial contract for this position is four years. Applicants should apply before November 15, 2018.

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has about 290 employees encompassing a broad theoretical knowledge base, from engineering science to the social sciences to the humanities, as well as design-based, artistic research. The combination of all of these perspectives allows for great interdisciplinary advancement in the field and a broader discussion of various aspects of sustainability. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for architecture and civil engineering, well equipped to take on the common challenges of building a sustainable future.

Assistant professor in Building Materials

Chalmers is now seeking an ambitios person for an Assistant Professorship in Building Materials to further meet our vision of a sustainable future.

The appointment as assistant professor is an entry level position with tenure-track whereby the employee has the opportunity to acquire both pedagogical and scientific qualifications. Each new assistant professor at Chalmers is the result of strategic recruitment, with the aim of the individual subsequently taking on a base-funded faculty position. An assistant professor is expected to improve their ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, and to develop abilities in teaching and supervision, by means of both practical training and independent study. An assessment will be conducted after two years, and a final assessment for granting tenure will be conducted within the period of the appointment.

The position is placed at the Division of Building Technology, one of ten divisions within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The department has about 280 employees and works with every aspect of the built environment in the community - houses to live in, roads to travel on, and water to drink - from planning and design to construction and maintenance, with respect to a sustainable future.

The Division of Building Technology has a staff of some 40 persons that work with creating energy efficient, healthy and sustainable buildings. The division consists of four research groups: Building Materials, Building Physics Modelling, Infrastructure Physics and Sustainable Building. All groups work with sustainable materials, buildings, and infrastructures. Since a large amount of the world energy use relates to buildings, much of the research at the division deals with energy issues. Within the research group Building Materials, the main focus is on cement- and wood-based building materials and their composites. One major area is a materials science approach to flow properties for liquid, gas, ion and moisture transport in porous materials. Another major area is research on durability and service life of materials in long-term use in various environments. The Division of Building Technology also teaches in all levels of education at Chalmers, primarily in the areas of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The announced position will have the main base within the research group Building Materials, which provides research and education within building materials including cement, concrete, wood, bitumen and polymer composites. The group needs to be strengthened with a new assistant professor to lead the efforts to further establish research and develop education related to building materials.

Major responsibilities

As Assistant Professor you will provide scientific expertise in your area of research, within the field of building materials. You will also be responsible for the research area and teaching in building materials in its next phase of development and growth. It is important that you are able to work both independently and as part of a research team.

Main responsibilities of the position include:

- To develop the area of research

- To collaborate with industry and society as well as within academia, in Sweden and internationally

- To apply for and attract research funding and to lead research projects

- To supervise PhD students and degree projects

- To teach in courses on all levels and to contribute to the development of our education.

Undertakings at division or department level may also be included.

Full-time temporary employment for a maximum of four years. Progress will be assessed after two years. You are expected to achieve associate professor expertise within four years.


The successful candidate for this position has the qualifications and abilities to develop the research area Building Materials at Chalmers to become internationally successful, including:

- Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related topic and a PhD degree in building materials, not older than 7 years.

- Proven track record of, and high potential for high quality scientific research, as evidenced by publication records.

- Documented participation in networks within the subject area.

- Documented experience from teaching.

Documented experience from acquisition of research funding, supervision of PhD or master's students, development of education, or industrial utilization of research is considered as merits.

You should have research experience in cementitious material. Another important qualification is the ability to develop test and analysis methods for research as well as for engineering applications.

Post-doctoral appointments or the equivalent at another university, institute or organisation than where the candidate was a doctoral student is considered to be a qualification.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. The ability to communicate in Swedish is a strong merit. The person assigned to the position is expected to acquire sufficient knowledge to be able to communicate and teach in Swedish in two years.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180516 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

CV, include complete list of publications

Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust

Two references that we can contact

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

2-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:


Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of five publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file.

Copies of a maximum of five other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles).

Application deadline: 15 November, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Head of the Division of Building Technology, Stefan Forsaeus Nilsson

, +46 31 772 2553 Research group leader, Professor Luping Tang, +46 31 772 2305


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