PhD Scholarship on Internal Erosion in Dams at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is delighted to offer a PhD position in civil engineering. The funds for this position are available for two years. Applicants should apply before November 11, 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.

Third-cycle subject: Civil Engineering with specialization in hydrologic and hydraulic engineering

The announced position is placed under the research group for River Engineering, where the research is focused on basic hydrology and hydraulic engineering, often related to various water resources and environmental problems or hydropower. The PhD student project is funded by the Swedish Hydroelectric Center ( and will be conducted in cooperation with the hydropower industry.

This project aims at improving imporved knowledge of internal erosion in embankment dams, which is of major importance for the safety of hydropower dams and for supporting the safe transition to a completely renewable energy system. You will conduct physical (laboratory) experiments that investigate phenomenologically the erosion process and develop mathematical tools that can be used analyses of these processes.

You should have a mathematical / analytical interest and basic university education in physics and mathematics, preferably by a Master of Science degree. It is a desirable that you have competence in chemistry and geoscience, especially hydrology. To be admitted to postgraduate studies, you must have passed an equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits.

The position requires that you speak unobtrusively in English and Swedish in spoken and written terms.
- 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,

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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