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: Energy and Environmental Systems

The PhD candidate will join the research group called KTH ENSEED (Energy Systems: Engineering, Economics, and Data Analytics) within ETT, department of Energy Technology.  The KTH ENSEED team has the main focus on Techno-economic analysis of Energy Systems in Buildings and cities.  At city scale, the team works on complex system analysis and modelling of the energy systems for the future cities and districts. At Building level, the team has a particular focus on system dynamics and integration, energy economics, and intelligent control and management of energy systems in the built-environment.  The candidate is expected to be an active member of the research group, working on the existing projects and courses as well as developing new projects.

The main research focus of the PhD candidate will be on a project called “SmartSol2: Smart Solar Hybrid Solutions for Sustainable European Buildings”.  This project aims to advance the development of an integrated heating, cooling and electricity system solution for European buildings using solar PVT technology and ground source heat pumps. The project investigates the methods and strategies to reduce both operational and capital cost of the system as well as increasing the system efficiency.

The doctoral student will be supervised by: Associate Professor Hatef Madani and Postdoctoral researcher Nelson Sommerfeldt.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A compulsory individual study plan to support your development in your area of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.

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.
  • Language requirements

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • Independently pursue his or her work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Have a professional approach and
  • Analyse and work with complex issues
  • Deep understanding of Energy Systems in buildings and cities
  • Past experience and knowledge of solar energy in the built-environment
  • Previous experience of working within courses or projects on energy management at the city/district level

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives
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Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
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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/Central 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 According to 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 M-2020-0187
  • Hatef Madani Larijani, Associate professor, +4670 729 34 11 email: hatef.madani@energy.kth.se
  • Helena Lundquist, HR officer, +468 790 71 74 email: hellund@kth.se
Published 13.Feb.2020
Last application date 27.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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