KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in design of mining tool material using ICME

2024-08-08 (Europe/Stockholm)
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This recruitment is within the AIM-NEXT project funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme and will be carried out in collaboration with industry. More information: AIM-NEXT | Next generation (aimnext.eu)

The applicant must meet the mobility rules, more information is available at: Information | AIMNEXT

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Materials Science and Engineering

Cemented carbides are materials with tungsten carbide grains and a cobalt binder phase. They have excellent materials properties, but a high dependence on the critical raw material cobalt. This project will investigate replacing cobalt with an iron based binder, and in doing so utilising the martensitic phase transformation to achieve a material with excellent mechanical properties for rock drilling applications. This will be done through a combination of thermodynamic and kinetic modelling through ICME (Integrated and Computational Materials Engineering), experimental materials characterisation (including advanced microscopy and spectroscopy) and testing of materials properties.

At the Unit of Structures you will work in an international research environment, in collaboration with experts in theoretical, computational and experimental studies of materials.

Supervision: Annika Borgenstam is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

What we offer

Admission requirements

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:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

The applicant must also fulfill the mobility rules, more information on: Information | AIMNEXT

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives

Contact information for union representatives.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information for doctoral section.

To apply for the position

Apply for the position and admission both through KTH’s recruitment system and by sending your application (single PDF, name format: “surname_name_DC.pdf”) to aimnext@upc.edu with subject “AIM-NEXT DC APPLICATION”. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement and on AIM-NEXT | Next generation (aimnext.eu).

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:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • 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)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • A completed application form for AIM-NEXT positions found at: Application form | AIMNEXT

Other information

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process.

The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a possible security check.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.



About KTH

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. Read more here

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: September-Oktober 2024 or according to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement, aligned with the MSCA regulations.
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: M-2024-1031
  1. Annika Borgenstam, annbor@kth.se
  2. Joakim Odqvist, odqvist@kth.se
  3. AIM-NEXT, aimnext@upc.edu
Published: 2024-06-05
Last application date: 2024-08-08

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Doctoral student in design of mining tool material using ICME
Brinellvägen 8 Stoccolma, Svezia
Scadenza candidatura
2024-08-08 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-08-08 23:59 (CET)
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