School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH

Job description

The Hultgren Laboratory at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is offering 3 postdoctoral research positions within advanced material characterization and/or modelling of structure-property relations in metallic materials with complex microstructures.

In order to design new sustainable metallic materials, especially for load-bearing applications, it is critical to understand the interaction between microstructure, micromechanics and the macroscopic mechanical behavior. Hultgren Laboratory is currently taking major initative along this research direction by the recruitment of three PhD students and 3 postdocs. The announced positions will be performed in connection to the larger programs; NEXT (NEutron and X-ray science for industrial Technology transitions) competence center, Center for Mechanics and Materials Design (MMD), and Center for X-rays in Swedish Materials Science (CeXS), offering the right candidate an excellent opportunity for further growth via working in an ecosystem including universities, research institutes, companies and infrastructures on challenging questions within materials science and engineering.

For the specific postdoc positions we are seeking candidates that want to further develop their competence in advanced materials characterization and/or materials modelling and contribute to cutting-edge research in in mechanical/physical metallurgy. The main objectives of these positions are: (a) to develop and implement advanced lab-scale and large-scale (synchrotron and neutron facility) characterization methods, e.g. micromechanical testing, TEM, SAXS, WAXS, 3DXRD; (b) to probe relation between structure and properties on micro-/macro-scale through in-situ/ex-situ methods, and (c) to develop and validate microstructure-sensitive multiscale computational models, e.g. CPFEM, considering various microstructures and loading conditions.

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
  • Opportunity and support to develop expertise via access to a broad range of advanced materials characterization instruments at Hultgren laboratory and large-scale infrastructures, e.g. PETRA III and ESS
  • Opportunity to collaborate closely with leading national and international researchers in academia, institutes, infrastructures and companies

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made
  • Research experience in mechanical/physical metallurgy proven by a track record of high quality journal publications and international conference presentations.
  • Express yourself very well in English, spoken and written, as this will be required in day-to-day work
  • Research expertise
  • You are self-motivated with a strong ability to work with independence and to run projects
  • You also have collaborative abilities and teaching abilities

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Experience with characterization of mechanical behavior of metallic materials, e.g. macro/micro- tensile testing, fatigue testing, in-situ micromechanical testing
  • Experience with microstructural characterization methods, e.g., SEM, TEM, EBSD.
  • Experience with synchrotron and/or neutron scattering/diffraction methods, e.g., SAXS, WAXS, 3DXRD, SANS
  • Knowledge and experience in solid mechanics, in particular micromechanical modeling using the crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM).
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received by KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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
Number of positions 3
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2024-0907
  • Peter Hedström,
Published 09.May.2024
Last application date 12.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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