PhD Scholarship in Fusion Plasma Physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in spectroscopy. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for two years in Sweden. Applications should be sent before January 15, 2019.

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 research project for the present doctoral position is multi-disciplinary encompassing fusion science and technology: plasma physics, materials science, development and application of reactor wall components and diagnostic tools.

The ultimate goal of fusion research is to construct and operate a power generating system. There are still significant issues to be resolved on the way to a commercial reactor. An important point for detailed investigation is connected to wall materials surrounding hot thermonuclear plasma. The area Plasma - Wall Interactions (PWI) comprises all processes of mass and energy exchange between the fusion plasma and the wall. It is necessary to develop understanding of PWI and to devise methods to control these processes, because material erosion and plasma contamination limit operation of a reactor. The work involves: (a) study of material modification under plasma impact; (b) development and testing of materials under fusion reactor conditions. The project deals with plasma-facing components which undergo modification caused by particle fluxes and resulting heat loads. Physical sputtering, chemical erosion, melting, arcing and brittle destruction are major mechanisms responsible for erosion of materials being in contact with hot plasmas.

The aim of research for this doctoral position is to assess the change in material morphology (structure and composition) and plasma parameters following the exposure of wall components and special probes to plasma in controlled fusion devices (e.g. JET) and/or in simulators of PWI. Examples of materials studied today include carbon fibre composites and heavy metals such as tungsten. The research group at FPP of KTH actively participates in the European fusion programme. The work is carried out in cooperation with partner institutions (material and fusion science laboratories) from many countries. More information on the European programme can be found on the EUROfusion and other fusion-related web sites.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Highly motivated individuals with a master’s degree in Physics, Engineering Physics, Materials Science or a corresponding degree. Good knowledge of physics/chemistry, materials science, spectroscopy and modelling skills is an asset.

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 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).


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