KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology & Health

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: Chemistry

The development of next generation solar cells is a highly active research field with a potentially large impact for society. Understanding the working mechanisms of different types of solar cells is an important part of this research. New opportunities for this arise from a combination of X-ray spectroscopies (specifically photoelectron spectroscopy) with time-resolved measurements. Such methods can give insights into the dynamics and energetics of the photon-to-electron conversion process and into the stability of solar cell materials. In this PhD project these methods will be further developed and applied to materials of relevance for hybrid solar cells. The results from this method will also be compared to results obtained with other, more established methods.

The project will involve fabrication of solar cell samples, measurements at synchrotron radiation facilities and data analysis. The PhD student will be based in Dr. Ute Cappel's reasearch group at the Chemistry Department at KTH in Stockholm but regular measurement times at synchrotrons (e.g. Max IV, Lund; Bessy II, Berlin) will be an important part of the project. Work at synchrotrons will often be carried out as part of a larger experimental team. The research will be performed in collaboration with other research groups and as part of Centre for Molecular devices at KTH and Uppsala University, which will provide opportunities for collaboration, access to materials and other types measurement.

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.

The advanced degree should be a Masters degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences 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 communication skills in oral and written English are required.
  • Experience with solar cell research and/or experience with synchrotron-based research is a merit.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be place on personal qualities and personal suitability.

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

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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 C-2019-0636
  • Ute Cappel, Assistant Professor; , cappel@kth.se
Published 11.Apr.2019
Last application date 26.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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