School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering.

The Department of Engineering Mechanics is a part of the School of Engineering Sciences. The department conducts fundamental and applied research in mechanics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, technical acoustics, and lightweight structures. Within Solid Mechanics, we work on biomechanics, composite mechanics, contact mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue, material mechanics, batteries, and paper mechanics. There are strong connections between industry and public actors. The work at the Division of Material and Structural Mechanics will be led by Professor Artem Kulachenko in collaboration with Prof Svetlana Ratynskaia from Space & Plasma Physics, EECS School and Prof. Ricardo Vinuesa from the Division of Fluid Mechanics.

Job description

We are seeking a dedicated researcher to join our team on two projects. The first project focuses on advancing the thermo-mechanical modelling of runaway electron-induced damage of plasma-facing components in contemporary tokamaks and future fusion reactors. The second project involves producing training data for AI-assisted optimization algorithms for developing complex structured materials. The focus in the first project will be on utilising ANSYS/LS-Dyna for simulations, with a strong emphasis on thermomechanical modelling, incorporating damage mechanics and applying Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) or Element-Free Galerkin (EFG) methods. The second project will also involve significant challenges in developing geometrically parameterized thermomechanical model and require proficiency in programming to advance the design of multi-level kirigami materials.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm , in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or Master's degree or an equivalent foreign degree in solid mechanics, especially in solid mechanics or computational mechanics.
  • Expertise in thermomechanical modelling and damage mechanics.
  • Experience with simulations with ANSYS/LS-Dyna or equivalent mechanical simulation software.
  • Strong programming skills in relevant languages such as Python, MATLAB, Fortran, C, or C++
  • Experience of working with SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) or EFG (Element-Free Galerkin) methods for mechanical simulations.
  • Ability to independently carry out research projects and publish results in scientific journals.

Preferred qualifications

  • Postdoctoral experience in areas related to thermomechanical simulations, materials science, or plasma physics.
  • Coursework or certifications in advanced programming, data analysis, or machine learning are strong merits.
  • Experience from interdisciplinary research involving collaboration between mechanics, materials science, and AI for materials design is particularly valuable.
  • Experience of leading or working in projects with industrial partners or other external collaborators.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong programming skills and experience in geometry parametrisation.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Proficiency in English since that is used on a daily basis.
  • Research expertise.
  • Teaching ability.
  • Ability to work towards research results being utilised in practice.
  • Ability to inform about research and development work.
  • Experience of developing and leading activities and staff.
  • Knowledge of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality .

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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About the employment

The employment is valid for a limited time according to the agreement for up to 10 months, with access according to agreement.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent Heltid
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2024-0437
  • Artem Kulachenko,
Published 25.Mar.2024
Last application date 22.Apr.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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