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Postdoc scholarship in Engineering Physics at KTH, Sweden 2022


Postdoc scholarship from Fysikern fil dr Ragnar Holms stiftelse i Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (The Physicist Dr. Ragnar Holm’s Foundation). Registration number VT-2022-0015.



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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: max 2 years
Salary: According to standard norms


KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


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Qualification Details

A successful candidate should have a PhD-degree, and is expected to join an existing research group at KTH in a relatively broad field, encompassing Engineering Physics and related subjects, or the History of Science and Technology. Preference is given to areas close to Ragnar Holm’s scientific activities or the history thereof, such as the theory of electric contacts, novel applications of electric phenomena in current constrictions as well as friction, wear, fritting, corrosion and tarnish phenomena on electric contacts and related devices, such electromechanical components including MEMS and NEMS, switching contacts, and micro- or nanoelectronic components. Preference is also given to tunneling effects including the more recent physics of single electronics, and carbon contacts including developments on fullerenes and graphene. Finally, preference is given to historical perspectives on relations between industrial and public research as well as on engineering and scientific practices.

The duration of the stay is a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years, starting as soon as possible. Postdoctoral studies must start within six months of the date of the decision. The fellowship amounts to 33 000 SEK per month (travel grants included). The scholarship is tax-free. The recipient will also receive the Ragnar Holm plaque in silver. The candidate must obtain an agreement with a senior contact person at KTH expressing that he/she is welcome as postdoc in the research group.

Candidates must have their PhD degree from outside KTH. The period of post-doctoral fellowship at KTH must start within five years of graduation.

Responsibilities/Job Description

KTH invites applications for a postdoctoral scholarship in honor of the physicist Ragnar Holm (1879-1970), regarded as the scientific founder of electric contacts and their use, and author of the book “Electric Contacts: Theory and Applications”, Hugo Gerbers Förlag 1946.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received by KTH no later than 2022-03-17.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • A list of the ten most relevant publications
  • A description of the research the candidate will take part in at KTH (max 2 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendations, including one from the contact person at KTH
  • The candidate should also give the full address, including telephone and e-mail, at which he/she can be reached.

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Note or Other details

Period: minimum of one year and a maximum of two years
Extent: Full-time
Amount of scholarship: 33 000 SEK per month (travel expenses included)Location: Stockholm
Start date: According to the agreement

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Contact details

Professor Mats Göthelid (Applicants within Engineering Physics)Telefon: +46 76-345 16 52gotheli[email protected]  

Professor Nina Wormbs (Applicants within History of Science and Technology)Telefon: +46 70-519 56 07[email protected]

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