KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

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.

Solid Mechanics is a classic engineering science discipline, ranging from basic to applied science.  The topic can be regarded as a link between materials science and applied mechanics with emphasis on the latter. Solid Mechanics deals with the mechanical properties of materials and structures.  The research at the department is focused on computational methods, fracture mechanics, composite mechanics, contact mechanics, mechanics of materials, paper mechanics and fatigue. A primary objective of the research is to develop methods for reliable design of structures, materials, systems and processes.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Solid Mechanics

The Department of Solid Mechanics offers a Ph.D.-position oriented towards the development of a tool for predicting the mechanical characteristics of powder based metals accounting for porosity. The research is fundamental and interdisciplinary with strong connections to material science, in particular regarding characterization of the microstructure and the porosity. The doctoral student will be supervised by researchers from both Solid Mechanics and Materials Science and Engineering. The project is part of the recently organized Centre for Mechanics and Materials Design and will be conducted in close cooperation with Höganäs AB  that supplies industrial supervision, materials, experiments and internship. Within the center many doctoral students will work together and participate in common center activities.

The research concerns material characteristics at both statical and fatigue loading.

A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics with an interest in Materials Science or, alternatively, a Master of Science in Materials Science with an interest in Solid Mechanics and Material Mechanics.

The employment is limited to five years including up to 20 % departemental duties (mainly teaching assistant at tutorials and laboratory works).

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.
  • Good knowledge in English is strongly desirable. Good knowledge in Swedish is advantageous
  • A documented interest in research-like activities is advantageous.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

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.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As 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 S-2018-1693
  • Professor Per-Lennart Osk Larsson, Phone: +46 (8)7907549 e-mail: plla@kth.se
  • Associate Professor Joakim Odqvist, Phone: +46(8)7908308 e-mail: odqvist@kth.se
Published 06.Dec.2018
Last application date 10.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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