Third-cycle subject: Chemistry
Over 2 billion lightning events occur in Earth’s atmosphere every year, which might even increase in the future with global warming. In spite of this, the effects of lightning on the chemistry of the atmosphere are not taken into account today and has been studied to a limited extent.
This PhD work is taking place within a new research project, in collaboration between the Department of Chemistry of KTH and the Lightning Research group of Uppsala University, to investigate the effects of different types of lightning discharges on the chemistry of the atmosphere, in particular on the transformations of organic compounds.
The PhD work will consist in performing experiments, both at the Lightning Research facility at Uppsala University and in the laboratory at KTH, to characterize the reactions resulting from different types of lightning discharges (products, mechanisms, etc…). The results will allow to identify and quantify the contributions of lightning to atmospheric chemistry and potentially, over long term, on climate.
Supervision: Profs. Barbara Noziere and Åsa Emmer are proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.
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.Read more
- 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, close to nature and the water.
- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
- A key position in a groundbreaking research project in physical chemistry and environmental chemistry
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:
- the strength of the background in physical chemistry,
- the motivation for experimental work,
- the interest for environmental topics,
- the extent of problem-solving skills and abilities to analyse and work with complex issues,
- the self-motivation, and the ability to work detail- and goal-oriented and
- ability both to work independently and to collaborate with others.
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.
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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.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.
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