Postdoc in sports technology

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Department of Quality Technology and Management and Mechanical Engineering

Mid Sweden University is a place where people meet, find inspiration and think innovatively. Our campuses are situated in Sundsvall and Östersund, and we offer a wide range of courses and education, both on-campus and distance education. Our good relations with society ensure well-supported research and education, not least in the region.

Faculty of Science, Technology and Media

The Department of Quality Technology and Management, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics is located at Campus Östersund. The department conducts research and education in the following subjects: Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Technology, Sport Technology, and Quality Management and Leadership.
Description of the department: The Sports Tech Research Centre is a multidisciplinary research centre that carries out research in innovative development and verification of products. materials, technology and methods, primarily for sports and outdoor recreation businesses, hospitals and industry. Research also covers medical applications, equipment for functionally impaired people, and additive manufacturing (3D printing), with applications in medicine and material/process development, respectively. The centre has several technically advanced labs, some of which are unique in the World.

Job description: The position deals with research and development in sports and outdoor recreation and is part of the Mechanical Engineering/Sports Technology field at the Sports Tech Research Centre. The expansive research programme at the Centre puts particular emphasis on winter sports, in the areas of mechanical and biomechanical structures, accident risk reduction, disability aids, efficiency-improving measures within elite sports, as well as on applications within additive manufacturing. You will be expected to carry out development work connected with these research fields, but with the focus on sports and outdoor recreation. Mid Sweden University is running several projects in this field, in close collaboration with regional as well as national partner companies, and with researchers at other institutes and universities. This research is part of the Sports Tech Research Centre. More information is available on

Qualifications and basis of assessment: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in a research subject connected with engineering, or in some related field. It is an advantage if this research was focused on areas within sports technology. The degree must have been awarded no more than three years before the application deadline. Longer periods than three years may be justified with reference to illness, parental leave, or similar circumstances. Good communication skills in spoken and written English are a requirement.

In addition to the formal qualification requirements, the selection will also be based on other work (e g degree projects, other project work, employment) and on interviews with applicants. Previous experience of biomechanics, equipment development, metrology, modelling and parasports will be considered an additional qualification. Experience as a guest researcher and of working within an international network will also be considered in the applicant’s favour. Personal qualities such as the abilities to cooperate and take initiatives, and the applicant’s aptitude for the position as researcher, will be considered together with the formal qualifications. A brief personal statement of the applicant’s vision and goals must be included with the application.

Employment and starting date: Full-time employment for one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension depending on performance and funding. The starting date will be subject to agreement.
Place of employment: Östersund.
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Place of employment: Östersund.
Salary: To be negotiated individually.
Information: More detailed information will be provided by Professor Mikael Bäckström,, tel 010- 142 83 01 or by Head of Department Fredrik Ståhl,, tel 010-142 84 64. See also the Sports Tech Research Centre’s website,
Application: The application must include a certified curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates, a specification of the preferred research area, a personal statement of the applicant’s vision and goals, and any other documents the applicant wishes to adduce.
You are welcome to submit your application via our recruitment system by 12 June 2018.
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