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  • 2023-02-09


Ansök senast: 2023-04-10

Doctoral student in space physics

Publicerad 2023-02-09

Project description

The sun emits not only electromagnetic radiation, but also a stream of ionized gas, a plasma, the so-called solar wind. The solar wind interacts with the space environment of the planets in the solar system, and creates e.g. the northern lights at Earth. Another effect is that the solar wind slows down from supersonic to subsonic velocity at the bow shocks that form around the planets, similar to the shock around a supersonic plane. A phenomenon that occurs around the bow shocks is called Short Large-Amplitude Magnetic Structures (SLAMS). SLAMS may have several important effects on how the space environment around the planets is formed, e.g. by contributing to acceleration of ions and electrons to high energies. In this project we will use space probes that make measurements at Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter to compare the properties of SLAMS at these planets. In this way, we will learn much more about how SLAMS work and how they affect our space environment. It is also a preparation for future exoplanet exploration. 

Scientists and doctoral students at of Space and Plasma Physics play an active role in a large number of international space projects, where we have built instruments, plan operations, and analyze data. We also do science within basic plasma physics, and subjects relevant to fusion research and industrial plasma physics applications.

Third-cycle subject: Electrical engineering

Supervision: Professor Tomas Karlsson

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.

A specialization in space physics or plasma physics is desirable

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 KTH's website.

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

Contact information section's website.


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:

  • 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

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 please read here.

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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

Anställningsform: tidsbegränsad anställning
Anställningens omfattning: heltid
Antal lediga befattningar: 1
Sysselsättningsgrad: 100%
Ort: Stockholm
Län: Stockholms län
Land: Sweden
Referensnummer: J-2023-0266
Kontakt: Professor Tomas Karlsson, Professor Tomas Karlsson, Lisa Olsson HR Officer, Lisa Olsson HR Officer,
Publicerat: 2023-02-09
Sista ansökningsdag: 2023-03-07

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