PhD Scholarship in Physics of Fluids and Surfaces

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in sustainable development. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Applicants should apply before January 18, 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.

Organisms have developed efficient ways of minimizing energy. The skin of sharks has microscopic surface structures allowing water to flow over them with low resistance. The rough surface of the lotus leaf provides a self-cleaning property, because water drops easily (almost frictionless) roll off removing small particles from the leaf.

In the Fluids and Surfaces research group (, we want to understand how these complex surfaces interact with fluids. Our goal is to develop new methods for tailoring the micro- and nanscopic features of surfaces in order to manipulate the dynamics of liquids and gases. Our methods are an important contribution to the sustainable development of a range of high-tech areas. How should the surfaces of vehicles, pipes, batteries, microfluidic systems, etc be designed in order to control friction, heat transfer, mixing and evaporation?

We want to expand our research team with two PhD students with a background in physics, mechanical engineering or materials science. We seek one PhD student with a keen interest for mathematical modelling and scientific computing. The student will develop physical models of porous, viscous and elastic materials and incorporate these models into computational fluid mechanics codes. We seek one PhD student to design and manufacture complex surfaces and characterize their interaction with liquids using a range of experimental tools.

The projects will be carried out in collaboration with supervisors, other members of the research group as well as with international collaborators. It is expected that you can network both within and outside the group; it is therefore important that you are able to communicate and interact with others. The projects are part of a larger multidisciplinary effort at KTH, financed by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. A doctoral degree in this area will open up oppurtunies both within academia and industry.

Background in physics, applied mathematics, engineering mechanics, materials science. Specialization in scientific computing and/or experience of experimental work is of great merit.

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

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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