Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics is looking for a research engineer focusing on energy technology and energy efficiency in buildings. The employment refers to part-time (50%) and is limited in time to 12 months with possible prolongation, starting on 2021-10-01 or by agreement. Application deadline is June 10, 2021

Project description
The purpose of this project is to provide a data-driven model with Big Data. It shall constitute decision support for energy renovation for single-family buildings. The consequences of alternative energy renovation solutions are predicted with information from a database with Big Data is based on the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's database with Energy Declarations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The method will be validated by comparing collected data from actual single-family buildings with predictions generated with the methodology.

The work consists of supporting the stakeholders' involvement in the process towards sustainable energy renovation for single-family buildings, in collaboration with the research group for energy efficiency;

  • extract and synchronize multiple heterogeneous data sources into a single database;
  • develop an open-access platform for calculating energy savings for renovation measures adapted to the specific building technology;
  • disseminate the platform and results with open access to stakeholders to support more sustainable energy renovation.

Competence requirements
A doctoral degree in building technology construction engineering or energy efficiency in buildings is required. To achieve the purpose of the research, the applicants need to have documented knowledge of building information modeling (BIM), simulation and optimization of construction processes, simulation, and optimization of energy use embodied energy in construction logistics. Applicants must have a doctorate in construction technology, construction engineering, or energy technology.

Other desirable qualifications
The applicant must have the ability to work systematically, thoroughly and independently, and collaborate with others. Furthermore, the applicant should be familiar with theoretical engineering tools and know the research mentioned above area.

The application written in English or Swedish must consist of the following documents:

  • Personal letter with a brief description of the applicant and motivation for why applying and contact information
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of publications
  • Copies of relevant diplomas and any certificates
  • Names and contact details of two reference persons knowing the academic qualifications.

You should apply via our recruitment system Varbi, log in to the system and apply via the button at the end of this page no later than June 10, 2021

Further information
Professor Thomas Olofsson, tel. 090-786 67 10, e-mail:

 or Professor Weizhuo Lu, 090-786 62 57, e-mail:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2021-10-01
Salary Monthly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-704-21
  • Thomas Olofsson, 090-7866710
  • Weizhuo Lu, 0907866257
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 23.Mar.2021
Last application date 10.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CET

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