Doctoral student (licentiate) in soil and rock mechanics

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnad

Project description

Third-cycle subject: civil and architectural engineering

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics has a vacant doctoral (licentiate) student position. The project theme is transition zones for high-speed railway. The candidate will study various geotechnical solutions for transitions between railway embankment and stiff structures (such as bridges) to minimize settlements, degradation and other negative mechanisms during the life span of the railway by simulation (FEM/DEM) and field measurement.

The applicant has a MSc degree in geotechnical engineering, good theoretical knowledge in soil mechanics and experience of numerical calculations.

The position is intended for doctoral studies that lead to a licentiate degree, under the condition that the goals for third-cycle studies are fulfilled. The position implies a study period of two years full-time. In addition, the doctoral student is expected to contribute with teaching activities and other departmental duties by up to 20 % of full-time employment, which means that the position can be prolonged by up to 6 months.

The department intends to apply for additional funding in order to extend the project to a doctoral degree, which would imply an employment period of up to 5 years including departmental duties.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.
  • A compulsory individual study plan to support your development in your area of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH s Doctoral student salary agreement .
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH .


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 degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The applicant should have Master of Science degree in civil engineering or similar and good knowledge in geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

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

The applicant should have strong academic credentials and a good command of the English language, both written and orally. Experiences from civil engineering projects, numerical calcuations and field measurements are valuable.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Licentiate

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

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 .


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).

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)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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

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.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: A-2019-2322
Published: 2019-12-05
Last application date: 2020-01-25


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