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: Engineering Materials Science

The Departments Materials Science and Engineering and Solid Mechanics at KTH have jointly established a Center for Mechanics and Materials Design to strengthen the research area Mechanical properties of Materials. The center is run in close cooperation with the Swedish Engineering and Materials Industries and a large number of doctoral students will be employed to work on various projects within the center.

The PhD project announced here is aimed at the investigations of the initiation of fatigue in high strength steels that are exposed to high thermomechanical loads, e.g. in rolling contacts. The project is interdisciplinary and is supervised by supervisors from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Solid Mechanics, and the industrial partner Ovako. Collaboration with the University of Cambridge is also important for the project. The main research question of the project is fundamental and also of great technical importance for e.g. Ovako and their products. Part of the work will also be conducted at Ovako in Hofors.

Although fatigue is a very common cause of failure in mechanical components, the initiation of fatigue is still unexplored, especially in correlation with the microstructure of the material. The methodology that will be used include mechanical testing, microstructural characterization and modeling.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
  • Life-long network through KTH's Alumni organization.
  • A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe´s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Close collaboration and industry supervision by Ovako

  • Close collaboration with the University of Cambridge

  • Opportunity to perform research studies in an internationally recognized research center within Mechanical Properties of Materials together with a collaborative PhD student network.


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.

Applicants should have a strong interest in Materials Science but also Solid Mechanics with a Master of Science degree in Materials Science, Solid Mechanics or equivalent.


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
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

Good English knowledge is required and a knowledge in Swedish is meriting.

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.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

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 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 M-2019-0309
  • Peter Hedström, Associate Professor, +46 8 790 62 17, pheds@kth.se
  • Bo Alfredsson, Professor, +46 8 790 76 67, alfred@kth.se
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer (HR matters only), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 21.Feb.2019
Last application date 21.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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