Doctoral student (lic) Bio-based composite materials for sustainable roads

Royal lnstitute of Technology
October 11, 2022
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Project description

Third-cycle subject: Bio-based composite materials for enhancing the sustainability in road infrastructures

We are looking for a doctoral student for a licentiate in highway engineering. In the project, we want to investigate the applicability of lignin in asphalt. Our target is to study lignin-modified asphalt mixtures through a synergetic combination of 3D imaging techniques, based upon X-ray and neutron radiation sources, multi-scale chemo-mechanical testing, and computational modelling. The work is carried out in close collaboration with several partners in Europe and requires very good ability to work independently. Tests campaigns in several facilities will be carried out (Lund University in Sweden, ILL in France, PSI in Switzerland).

Supervision: Nicole Kringos and Maria Chiara Cavalli is 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 .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.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Admission requirements

    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

    Selection

    We are looking for a candidate with good knowledge in imaging techniques for asphaltic materials and with experience using Python and C++.

    Previous experience of experimental campaigns at synchrotron facilities is of advantage.

    Strong experimental skills, ability to develop asphalt test setups, as well as to organize and successfully perform the experiments in an asphalt laboratory, is a plus.

    Very good English language skills in speech and writing are a priority requirement for the position.

    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: Licentiate 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.

    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.

    Application

    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.
  • Other information

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    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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