PhD student in Electrical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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PhD student in Electrical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The Electromagnetic Engineering lab at the School of Electrical Engineering, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology – seeks a PhD student in Electrical Engineering.

KTH is the largest technical university in Sweden. Education and research cover a broad spectrum within natural sciences and engineering, as well as architecture, industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental engineering. KTH has 13 344 full-time equivalent students, of whom 6 955 are at Bachelor (first) level, while 5 545 are at Master (second) level. In addition, 1 314 are full-time equivalent students at doctoral studies (third) level and 3 900 employees.

The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the fields of electrical engineering, systems engineering, information and communications theory, space and fusion plasma physics, and electrical power engineering. 300 people work in this creative and dynamic environment, out of which half are Ph.D. students, many from other countries. Our research projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry partners as well as with research colleagues from Sweden and other countries. The school is responsible for educating civil engineers in electrical engineering and for five masters programs which are in great demand and which have a close connection to our main fields.

The scientific and technical activities of the Electromagnetic Engineering lab include fundamental electromagnetic field theory and the physical and technical fundamentals for design of electrical devices. The lab research groups are working with electromagnetic theory, antenna design, diagnostic techniques for electrical insulation, modelling and measurement of magnetic materials and superconductors, the application of reliability centred asset management to electrical power systems, and electromagnetic compatibility.

Project description
Vapor-generating polymers in low voltage switching devices
The developments in material science are opening nowadays novel possibilities to develop more efficient, economic and reliable components in electrical power systems. This project will investigate the physics, chemistry and effects of the generation of vapor from polymeric materials used in low-voltage switching power devices (such as breakers, contactors, etc). The project is part of a multidisciplinary research initiative between KTH and industry in areas such as gas discharge physics, electrical engineering, scientific computing and material science, oriented to the improvement of switching power devices in low voltage applications. Particularly, the research work requires intensive high-power testing, chemical surface analysis of tested samples, and the development of a physical understanding of the processes involved and the effects in the performance of electrical arcs in electrical switching devices.


  • Form of employment: Time-limited PhD-student position
  • Working time: Full-time (80% research and PhD-studies, 20% teaching and other department duties)
  • Salary: According to KTH regulations for PhD-student employment
  • Starting date: as soon as possible

Master of science degree in Technical physics, Experimental physics, Electrical Engineering, or a corresponding degree. Master level knowledge in material science is advantageous. High motivation for doing research. Ability to work independently, in coordination with a team. Well developed analytical abilities and endurance for solving demanding problems. Fluent in written and spoken English.

Shall include the following documents written in English:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. University transcripts including grades and degree certificates
  3. Short statement of why the applicant applies for this position and relevant qualifications

Other documents, e.g. diploma work, scientific articles, letters of recommendation

Submission via email: as a singe PDF file to [email protected]

Please include in the body and in the subject line of your email, the Employer`s Reference number: E-2011-0192

Submission via regular mail: (if electronic submission is impossible)

Royal Institute of Technology KTH
School of Electrical Engineering
Att: Kathy Hammar
Osquldas väg 10
SE-100 44 Stockholm

Deadline for submission of application: May, 16th 2011

Marley Becerra, assistant professor
Phone: +46 8 790 7762
[email protected]

Rajeev Thottappillil, professor, head of lab
Phone: +46 8 790 8057
[email protected]

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