PhD Student in Ore Geology

Ref 221-2021

LuleŚ University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities. LuleŚ University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. We currently have 1,700 employees and 15,100 students.

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We are now recruiting a PhD student for a research project on geological storage of biogenic carbon dioxide in the Swedish bedrock. This interdisciplinary project is conducted by the research groups Ore Geology and Biochemical Process Engineering at LuleŚ University of Technology, in collaboration with the paper- and pulp company BillerudKorsnšs. Take the chance to do a PhD in a dynamic, international research environment in close cooperation with the industry and leading universities worldwide.

Subject description

Ore Geology includes the use, setting and mode of formation of naturally occurring economic concentrations of metallic raw materials. The research aims at describing the geological conditions that lead to economic concentrations of minerals, as well as how these minerals can be used for a sustainable societal development.

Project description

In the project INSURANCE (Utilization of industrial residues for an efficient geological BECCS) that is funded by the Swedish climate initiative Industriklivet through the Swedish Energy Agency 2020-2024, we intend to use the industryís own by-products to capture carbon dioxide from the off-gases from the process industry and then convert it to bicarbonate/carbonate minerals for later geological storage. The core of the project is the technical development of carbon dioxide conversion into carbonate minerals and to investigate the potential for geological storage of carbon dioxide in the Swedish bedrock.

The aim of the PhD project in Ore Geology is to investigate the potential for onshore storage of carbon dioxide in the Swedish bedrock. The main field area is around Kalix in northern Sweden, but we will also investigate other places in Sweden. The investigations will cover field mapping and analytical characterization of selected geological units and their structural characteristics with respect to subsequent experiments related to BECCS. Analytical methods used in the project are for instance scanning electron microscopy, Laser Ablation ICP MS and x-ray computed microtomography.

The INSURANCE project will, apart from a PhD student in Ore Geology, include a PhD student in Biochemical Process Engineering. In addition, five senior researchers who all contribute with expertise within carbonation of carbon dioxide, geological exploration and analytical characterization are included in the project. We expect a close cooperation between the two research groups and the paper- and pulp company BillerudKorsnšs and their process engineers.

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As a PhD student you are expected to perform both field work and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. A PhD student will take mandatory and voluntary courses related to their work. In addition, you may have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. Your work will mainly include geological field work and microanalytical characterization of geological samples with respect to storage of carbon dioxide in the bedrock.


Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and recently completed their MSc or equivalent degree in geosciences with specializations in geology, geochemistry or other relevant program The person will be admitted for post graduate studies at LuleŚ University of Technology.

Geological fieldwork and analytical characterization of geological samples will be important parts of the project and therefore is experience in bedrock mapping, geochemistry and analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Laser Ablation ICP MS and x-ray computed microtomography and interpretation of data from these techniques meriting.

Good knowledge in bedrock geology and analysis of geological samples is required, together with a valid driver license. You will work in a team and is expected to be able to collaborate with colleagues and external partners. Fluent proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

For further information about a specific research subject see;* General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Most employees at the research subject ore geology are currently men why we would like to see female applicants.

Further information

Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%.

For further information about the position, please contact: Senior Lecturer Glenn Bark, +46 920-49 1039,

Union representatives:

SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529
OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities (including detailed transcripts showing course grades from the courses in your degree). Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Reference number: 221-2021
Last day of application: March 7, 2021

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