KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Civil (and Architectural) Engineering with specialization in hydrologic and hydraulic engineering

The position is placed under Div. of Resources, Energy and Infrastructure, Dept of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, in which research is performed on hydraulic and applied hydrologic issues with connection to engineering and environmental problems. We offer a creative and stimulating working environment with a high degree of contacts outside the university. The project is financed by Swedish Hydropower Centre (SVC) and is closely related to hydraulic design and dam safety.

Hydraulic structures subjected to a flow velocity exceeding 25 m/s are usually prone to cavitation damages. The use of aerators is a common way to prevent the formation of cavitation. The entrainment and detrainment process of an aerator is still not well understood, which is mainly due to laboratory limitations. The difficulty rests with mathematical interpretations of instantaneous images of the water-air mixture with high air concentration. The aim of the project is, by means of CFD simulations to investigate the entrainment at an aerator and examine the stream-wise development of the detrainment process. The project is expected to provide insight into both the local and overall physical flow features of an aerator, an essential safety structure in almost each medium- and high-head spillway. Case studies will also be performed in connection with dam upgrade projects.

What we offer


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

Target degree: Licentiatexam

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.


Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2018-1565
  • James Yang, Professor, jamesya@kth.se
  • Anders Wörman, Professor, worman@kth.se, +468-790 8055
Published 13.Sep.2018
Last application date 11.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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