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PhD Studies in Theoretical Chemistry and Biology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is offering PhD position in electrochemistry. The funds for this position are available for four years. Candiates are welcome 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 Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology (TCB) is recruiting one PhD students to apply methods in theoretical chemistry for the simulation of ionic liquids as well as the development of computational methods in molecular spectroscopy. These ionic liquids are halogen free and have several applications including light absorption in solar cells, green-chemistry catalysis, electrochemistry, and lubrication.

We are looking for one candidate with a MSc degree in physics or chemistry.

This projects is part of a collaborative project between KTH and USTC (University of Science and Technology of China). Up to 50% of the time will be spent in this prestigious institute in China and give the opportunity to develop a unique international profile for the future career. TCB is recruiting two students that both will be part of this initiative and conduct their secondments to USTC in parallel.

Main supervisor of this PhD students will be Prof. Patrick Norman at TCB. Co-supervisors will be Prof. Mark Rutland at Surface and Corrosion Science at KTH and Prof. Yi Luo at TCB. Prof. Yi Luo is also the director of the HFNL institute (Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale) at USTC.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with one of the leading universities in China.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- During time spent at KTH, a monthly salary is received according to KTHs Ph.D. student salary agreement. KTH's employee benefits. During time spent at USTC, a monthly salary is received from USTC at a level corresponding to the salary at KTH.
- Travel costs in connection with the secondments at USTC will be paid by the employer.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 hgskolefrordningen), 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 a 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 her work,
- ability to collaborate with others,

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

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. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska hgskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH’s website.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but 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 / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a Ph.D., what are your academic interests, 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: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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