Post Doc in Micromechanical Modelling of Fatigue Initiation
Royal Institute of Technology Materials Science and Engineering and Solid Mechanics

Postdoc in Micromechanical Modelling of Fatigue Initiation KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

Materials Science and Engineering and Solid Mechanics at KTH have initiated a centre for mechanical properties (centre for Mechanics and Materials Design – MMD) together with a series of leading Swedish manufacturing companies. The department of Materials Science and Engineering now offers a postdoc position within the MMD centre. The work will be at the border between materials sciences and solid mechanics and will comprise elements from both research areas. The research will focus on crystal plasticity, micromechanical modelling of degradation of fatigue properties and initiation of fatigue damage in combination with in-situ micromechanical experiments. The work is planned for a series of different steel grades with increasing microstructural complexity. Similarly, the fatigue experiments will have a progression in increasing stress-state complexity from uniaxial to contacts.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • A network of experienced researchers within crystal plasticity, fatigue, mechanical modelling, and characterization
  • Access to modern laboratories for material characterization and solid mechanics testing
  • Access to powerful computer cluster
  • Affiliation to the newly started MMD centre, which has the vision to become a leading centre for mechanical properties of design materials
  • Access to good industry contacts through MMD

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A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (Whit some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in Materials Sciences with focus on material mechanics or the equivalent, or a doctoral degree in Solid Mechanics with focus on fatigue, material mechanics or the equivalent.
  • Experience in mechanical modelling with particular focus on crystal plasticity, dislocation mechanics or cohesive modelling
  • Knowledge in fatigue from a microstructural or mechanical perspective
  • Micromechanical testing, preferably in-situ
  • Documented ability to initiate and pursue research work against specified goals
  • Research expertise
  • Educational ability
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Teamwork
  • Independence

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2020-2346
Peter Hedström, professor, +4687906217,
Bo Alfredsson, professor, +4687907667,
Helena Lundquist, HR, +4687907174
Published 17.Nov.2020
Last application date 31.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET

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