PhD Scholarship in Soil- and Rock Mechanics, Dam Foundation Grouting

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in civil engineering. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before October 04, 2018.

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 subject soil and rock mechanics is the theoretical and applied science of the mechanical behavior of soils and rocks and its application. The current research interests at the Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics include grouting of hard jointed rock; risk and reliability analysis for design and construction in soil and rock; ground improvement methods; and geodynamics. More information about the division is found here:

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics, which is a part of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, has a vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will mainly carry out research within the project "Remedial grouting of dams - development of design concepts for grout curtains in the rock foundation". This research project was initiated because a need exists how to perform remedial grouting of existing dams. The aim of the research project is to develop design concepts for grout curtains in the rock foundation, both for new dams and for existing ones. Acceptance requirements for grouting will also be developed with respect to required sealing efficiency and erosion of the grout or infilling material in the fractures. People with competence within this field will support the doctoral student.

The applicant should have a Master of Science or Master's degree in civil engineering or similar. Good knowledge and interest in geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics is important. Knowledge of grouting and dam safety is also a merit and experience from civil engineering projects is valuable. The applicant shall have strong academic credentials and a good command of the English language, both written and orally.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- 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 Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.

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:
- 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 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,

Doctoral student studies lead to a licentiate degree, provided that the objectives of postgraduate education are achieved. The service involves a two-year study period in full-time studies. In addition, the doctoral student is expected to contribute educational institutions and other institutional services with up to 20% of full-time employment, so that the service can be extended by up to six months.

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.

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:
- 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.


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