KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering

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.

The Department of Fusion Plasma Physics at KTH has 6 faculty members, 2 researchers and 10 PhD students, and has grown out of the work of Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén. The research at the department is tightly connected to the European fusion program, through collaborative projects, and has a strong emphasis on supporting the international fusion device ITER, presently being built in southern France.

Project description

The proposed project will be performed within the theory group of the Department for Fusion Plasma Physics. The primary research interest of the group is at present related to plasma heating, fast ion physics and integrated modelling. Although the focus is on theory, the group has strong collaborations with the experimental community and participate regularly in experimental campaigns at the major European facilities, such as JET in the UK and AUG in Germany, where the group contribute with modelling and analysis within large research projects. The group also has a leading role within the European effort on integrated modelling.

The PhD program in Electrical Engineering provides world class quality education, including a large list of graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills. As a PhD student in theoretical fusion plasma physics you will have the opportunity to both contribute within international collaboration and to do independent research. You will be able to visit European experiments and participate in international conferences, thereby extending your professional network that can benefit your future career.

KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous remuneration, as well as other employment benefits.


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in Physics or Electrical Engineering. Good knowledge in physics, electro physics, mathematics, numerical methods and programming are desirable. Applicants, who have not yet taken a master exam, but aiming at taking master exams within a few months are also being considered.

The successful applicant should have an outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.

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Log into KTH:s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of the application period.

The application must include:

  1. CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  3. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve us the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.


The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years when 80% PhD studies and 20% department service including teaching). 

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number E-2017-0731
  • Thomas Jonsson, Associate Professor, johnso@kth, +46 8 790 77 04
  • Mikael Visén, HR administrator, rekrytering@ee.kth.se, +46 8 790 84 89
Published 15.Jun.2017
Last application date 20.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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