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  • 2023-09-07

Ansök senast: 2023-11-06

Doctoral student in Nuclear Power Safety

Publicerad 2023-09-07

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Physics, specialization Nuclear Engineering

The Division of Nuclear Power Safety conducts research on reactor accident phenomena of risk-importance and performs safety analysis for nuclear power plants. The NPS research projects involve extensive international collaboration.

The position relates to the project entitled “Computational Thermodynamics in Severe Accident Analysis” supported by Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM within the call of 2023 “Severe accidents and accident chemistry” to strengthen the knowledge base and maintain national competence in the field of radiation safety in nuclear technology and engineering .

We are looking for a doctoral student, who has MS degree in nuclear engineering, nuclear power safety or similar specializations, to carry out frontier research on the safety of light water reactor (LWR) with a focus on severe accident (SA) research and management with application of novel thermodynamic approach. Experience in SA research and codes, such as MELCOR, but also in thermodynamics (TD) and TD databases, such as NUCLEA, will be considered as an advantage.

Supervision: Professor Sevostian Bechta 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

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


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. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

Union representatives

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

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

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.

To apply for the 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:

  • 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.

Other information

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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

Anställningsform: tidsbegränsad anställning
Anställningens omfattning: heltid
Antal lediga befattningar: 1
Sysselsättningsgrad: 100%
Ort: Stockholm
Län: Stockholms län
Land: Sweden
Referensnummer: S-2023-1347
Kontakt: Professor Sevostian Bechta, Professor Sevostian Bechta, Professor Pär Olsson, head of department of physic, Professor Pär Olsson, head of department of physic, Professor Josefin Larsson, Program Director, Professor Josefin Larsson, Program Director,
Publicerat: 2023-09-07
Sista ansökningsdag: 2023-10-19

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