PhD Student Position in Surface and Corrosion Science

A PhD position is available at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before September 23, 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.

Highly corrosion-resistant alloys such as stainless steels and cobalt-chromium alloys are used as implant materials, biomedical materials, or materials in food contact. Human exposure to these alloys is governed by different biocorrosion reactions and the greatest hazard is related to released or formed wear particles or welding fume particles from these alloys. Biocorrosion reactions, metal-protein interactions, particle characteristics, and different metallurgical and surface chemical factors determine the extent of the hazard. It is therefore of high interest to study and understand those factors for accurate risk assessment and the development of new materials and products as well as welding methods.

This PhD (Licentiate) project (project period of 2 years) will investigate biocorrosion reactions between different protein environments and corrosion-resistant alloys such as stainless steels and cobalt-chromium alloys. It will furthermore investigate the importance of different welding methods of stainless steel on the particle characteristics, biocorrosion reactions, and toxicity of welding fume that could potentially be inhaled. The student will learn how to use a multitude of different in-situ and ex-situ characterization tools including spectroscopic, electrochemical, microscopic and surface characterization techniques to address the research questions. The project will be performed in close collaboration with researchers at Swerea Kimab, Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala university, and industrial partners.

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.

The applicant should have a Master of Science degree in Material Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Powder Metallurgy, Welding or a related field. The project is strongly interdisciplinary and a broad technical background is an advantage. Very good oral and written communication skills in English are required. The candidate shall be highly motivated for performing scientific research in close collaboration with the industry and have well developed analytical and problem solving skills. A deep interest and curiosity for multi-disciplinary problems in the context of the research topic is a prerequisite. Previous research experience and experience in scientific publication is of advantage.

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.

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH’s website.

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:
- 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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