School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Physics
Mitigation of climate change requires a realization of ‘green’ synthetic fuels that is contingent on scientific breakthroughs within heterogeneous catalysis. Single-atom catalysts(SAC), or isolated metal ad-atoms on a support, may present a solution. The interest in SAC stems both from excellent catalytic properties and maximized utilization of catalytic metal. However, a lack of understanding of the nature of the catalytic active sites has hindered a rational design of applicable industrial catalysts. Your project will be to establish atomic level understanding of the structure-function relationship of some modified Cu-based model catalysts, relevant in for conversion of CO2 into CO and hydrocarbons. The project will rely on STM, APXPS, and mass spectrometry for in-situ studies of catalytic performanceRead more

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, WISE funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science.

Supervision Prof. Jonas Weissenrieder

What we offer

  • Many employee benefits. 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
  • Help to relocate
  • All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School, an ambitious nationwide program of seminars courses research visits and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students postdocs researchers and industry

Admission requirements
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter7,39§Swedish Higher Education Ordinance) the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following

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

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


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

  • Pursue work independently 
  • Collaborate 
  • Professional approach
  • Analyse/work with complex issues
  • Experience from surface characterization techniques(specifically STM and XPS)UHV
  • Experiments at synchrotron facilities(specifically XPS)are merits
  • Good knowledge in English
  • The project is conducted in an international collaboration hence adaptive communication and social skills are important

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.

Union representatives

Contact information KTH's website

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH)

Contact information section's website


Apply for the position and admission through KTH recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions 
Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight CET/CEST(CentralEuropeanTime/centralEuropeanSummerTime)

Applications must include

  • 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(max 2 pages)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements Translations into English/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

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values
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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-2023-0236
  • Jonas Weissenrieder,
Published 09.Feb.2023
Last application date 30.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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