Doctoral student in modeling of environmental effects on fracture toughness

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för teknikvetenskap

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Solid Mechanics

Solid Mechanics is a classic engineering science discipline, ranging from basic to applied science. The topic can be regarded as a link between materials science and applied mechanics with emphasis on the latter. Solid Mechanics deals with the mechanical properties of materials and structures. The research at the department is focused on computational methods, fracture mechanics, composite mechanics, contact mechanics, mechanics of materials, paper mechanics and fatigue. A primary objective of the research is to develop methods for reliable design of structures, materials, systems and processes.

The Department of Solid Mechanics offers a Ph.D.-position oriented towards the development of models for fracture mechanical properties in homogeneous and heterogeneous steels which are exposed to elevated temperatures during extended periods of time of operation and simultaneously subjected to environmental effects. The research is fundamental and involves theoretical aspects, numerical analysis and verification by experimental work. It is interdisciplinary with connections to material science as microstructural changes that influences fracture properties will be investigated, where both brittle and ductile failure mechanisms will be considered.

The doctoral student will be supervised by researchers from Solid Mechanics with strong backgrounds in Fracture Mechanics and Material science, and from the nuclear industry, but also collaborate with younger researchers in ongoing related projects. Fracture properties affected by ageing phenomena is a severe problem to be handled in many industrial applications, as for instance in process and aerospace industry.

The employment is limited to five years including up to 20 % departmental duties (mainly teaching assistant at tutorials and laboratory works).

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 .

Eligibility

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.

A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics and an interest in Material science.

Selection

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 knowledge in English is strongly desirable. Good knowledge in Swedish is advantageous.A documented interest in research-like activities is advantageous.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed 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

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 .

Application

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

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: S-2019-1008
Published: 2019-06-13
Last application date: 2019-08-07


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