School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Engineering Mechanics

Within the Biomedical flows group within the Department of Engineering Mechanics we focus on blood flow phenomena, blood clot formation and bleeding in artificial life-supporting devices such as heart-and lung machines and in components such as blood pumps and cannulae, but also on formation of atherosclerosis in patient related geometries.  The cross disciplinary work carried out within the group is computational and experimental and is carried out in close collaboration with clinic. 

We have now the opportunity to expand our research group with one more PhD student having a background in engineering physics, applied mathematics or mechanical engineering. We seek a PhD student that is highly motivated by cross disciplinary (medical technology) work where the focus will be directed towards understanding blood clot formation in artificial components and in our circulatory system important to improve patient treatment, particularly focusing on intensive care and renal medicine. Both numerical and experimental work will be carried out.

The project's research questions are strongly anchored in the clinical application and is financed by the European Research Council (ERC). The project will be carried out together with supervisors and members of the research group having both engineering and medical background. The work also includes working with other researchers active both nationally and internationally.


Professor Lisa Prahl Wittberg will be supervising the project.

What we offer

Admission requirements

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 second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

We seek highly qualified candidates holding a Master of Science or Engineering in an area relevant for the project. The successful applicant should be strongly motivated, have the capability to work independently, and in collaboration with others.

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


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
  •  Skills in communicating and writing scientific and technical English
  • Experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming in python is highly qualifying. 

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

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.

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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/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.Copies of originals must be certified.
  • 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
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
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2022-1398
  • Lisa Prahl Wittberg,
Published 08.Sep.2022
Last application date 29.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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