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.

The department of Solid Mechanics pursues basic and applied research in biomechanics, composite mechanics, contact mechanics, fracture mechanics and fatigue, material mechanics and paper mechanics. There are strong connections to industry and public actors.

Job description

The current project is about experimental characterization and quantification of microscopic deformation and damage mechanisms in paper and cardboard during moisture changes and during complex load cases. Two issues to be studied are what happens at the microscopic level during moisture changes in fibres and fibre-fibre joints and which deformation mechanisms are dominant in in-plane compression loading of the sheet. Of particular importance is being able to measure and characterize the microscopic deformation. To do this, unique 4D computed tomography studies must be combined with mathematical modeling.

Postdoctoral research position primarily concerns one year's employment. Provided the research is successful and financing can be arranged, the position can be extended by a maximum of one year.


A suitable background is a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent. In addition to traditional academic qualifications, a relevant doctoral thesis, international experience and language skills are merits. For the service in question, knowledge of and experience of computed micro tomography is of utmost importance and especially the design and manufacture of various test equipment for this purpose.

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The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation (maximum of one page)
  • Contact details of two references
  • Copy of Ph.D. certificate with annexes


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, but not later than March 4, 2019
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2019-0238
  • Sören Östlund, Professor, +46 8 790 75 42, soren@kth.se
  • Artem Kulachenko, Assoc.professor, +46 8 790 89 44, artem@kth.se
Published 04.Feb.2019
Last application date 22.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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