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2 PhD Vacancies – Nuclear Power Safety – KTH, Sweden Oct 2021

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for 2 Ph.D. vacancies in Physics, Nuclear Engineering at the Division of Nuclear Power Safety, Sweden – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Division of Nuclear Power Safety
School of Engineering Sciences
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Qualification Details

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),
  • 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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful candidates are expected to (i) conduct experimental and analytical studies on fuel coolants interactions and debris coolability, which are important for severe accident risk assessment and management of light water reactors; and (ii) perform safety analysis of nuclear power plants using best estimate plus uncertainty approaches, and assess severe accident management measures.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Professor Sevostian Bechta and Assoc. Professor Weimin Ma.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: S-2021-1484
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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)
  • 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.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

About the Project

Third-cycle subject: Physics, specialization Nuclear Engineering

The Division of Nuclear Power Safety conducts research on accident phenomena of risk importance to existing and future nuclear reactors, and also performs safety analysis for nuclear power plants, including design basis accident analysis and severe accident analysis. The research projects involve extensive international cooperation.

We are looking for up to two doctoral students to carry out frontier research on the following topics:

  • Severe accident phenomena in light water reactors; and
  • Safety analysis of nuclear power plants.

About the Employer: KTH Royal Institute of Technology


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.

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.

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Contact details

  • Associate Professor Weimin Ma,
  • Professor Tommy Ohlsson program director,
  • Professor Pär Olsson Head of Dept,

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.

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