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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Engineering Mechanics

To design cost-and resource-efficient yet safe processes, we need a better understanding of the flow of the materials that are processed, It is crucial to characterize yield-stress materials, also in the presence of additives. Within the EU project YIELDGAP, we are looking for 3 PhD students to study viscoplastic and elastoviscoplastic fluids. We plan experiments, numerical simulations and modelling of the fluid behavior from the basic interactions determining its microstructure.The project exploits highly accurate simulations and state-of-the-art experiments to study complex fluids behavior in complex geometries. We will also model the interparticle interactions and relate them to the macroscopic behavior. The candidates will contribute to develop new numerical and experimental tools and analyse theoretical models. The candidates will have a chance to collaborate with the groups involved in the EU project YIELDGAP

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Dr Tammisola, Prof Brandt, Prof Lundell

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
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here

As this is an ITN EU initiative with a mobility requirement, eligible candidates must not have lived, studied or worked in Sweden for more than 12 months in the last 3 years before their recruitment


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
  • previous experience with large scale simulations, experiments of fluid mechanics problems

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

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)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is 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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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 1 2021 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 3
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2020-1377
  • Dr. Outi Tammisola, outi@mech.kth.se
  • Prof. Luca Brandt, luca@mech.kth.se
  • Prof. Fredrik Lundell, frlu@kth.se
Published 08.Oct.2020
Last application date 30.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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