KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Chemical engineering

Hydrogen is an important component in a future energy system. The only large scale, fossil-free production method for hydrogen today is electrolysis, with electricity from renewable sources as sun, wind and hydropower. Usually water is oxidized to oxygen gas at the anode, but the electrical energy consumption for hydrogen production can be reduced by half if instead alcohols are oxidized. New electrocatalytic materials with high activity and high selectivity for the desired reactions are needed for such a process to become viable. In this project, financed by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, we will explore new electrode materials for oxidation of low cost alcohols. Researchers at Stockholm University will design and produce new materials, which will be investigated by electrochemical methods at KTH. Relevant industry is represented in a project reference group.

The doctoral student we will be working at the division of applied electrochemistry (https://www.kth.se/ket/electrochem/welcome-to-the-division-of-applied-electrochemistry-1.30912), with about 25 PhD students and seniors doing research in the fields of batteries, fuel cells and electrolytic processes in an international and creative environment. The work will be mainly experimental in character and conducted in close collaboration with those active in the project and with researchers in the electrochemistry group. Questions on how the chemical composition and morphology of the electrode materials influence their activity and selectivity are in focus.

What we offer


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 degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In addition to the basic eligibility, the applicant shall have a master degree in chemistry or chemical engineering.
Experience of electrochemistry is meritorious.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze and work with complex issues.
  • applicants should have a good knowledge of English and ability to express themselves clearly both in speech and writing.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.


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)
  • 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.
  • A list of references to representative publications or technical reports.
  • Contact information regarding two reference persons.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2018-1286
  • Ann Cornell, professor, amco@kth.se
Published 13.Sep.2018
Last application date 04.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET

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