KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and 'Open entrance', as well as a number of international masters programmes

Job description

Frustration, or the inability to satisfy all interactions, is a crucial concept in topics and phenomena ranging from nuclear spaghetti in the interior of stars and protein folding in life science to understanding the structure of common water ice. This project focuses on magnetic frustration, a field rich in exotic phenomena such as magnetic monopole excitations, hidden order and residual ground state entropy. In particular, the goal is to investigate the effects of applying high pressure to magnetically frustrated material such as the spin ices and the garnets and investigate how the pressure affects the exchange interactions and ordering tendencies at low temperature. 

A new neutrons source, the European Spallation Source is being constructed in Lund. Neutrons are the natural tool to investigate magnetic correlations. This project, funded by NordForsk grant “Magnetic Frustration Under Pressure”, aims to build up the Nordic neutron competence ahead of the ESS. Three graduate students will be hired within the project, and they will be situated at Copenhagen University, Oslo University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The responsibility of the student hired at the University of Oslo will be sample growth and characterization, while a second student hired at the University of Copenhagen will focus on neutron measurements. This add concerns a third student to be hired at KTH, whose field of responsibility will be modeling, simulation and analysis of the neutron structure factor, primarily using statistical Monte Carlo and spin wave methods.

The employment is primarily for four years, with a maximum of five years and up to 20 percent department duties included in the employment.


A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Physics or Engineering Physics with a specialization in condensed matter physics. Good knowledge of statistical physics is important, and exposure to basic many-body theory could be helpful. Experience with scientific programming is very desirable. Neutron experience is a clear advantage, but not a prerequisite. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project and international experience are regarded as advantageous qualifications.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to perform critical analysis, and work independently, as well as part of a highly interacting international collaboration.

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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 salary according to KTH's Ph.D student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2017-0225
  • Mark Pearce, Head of Department, +46 70 166 7486, pearce@kth.se
  • Patrik Henelius, Professor, +46 73 765 2483, henelius@kth.se
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 17.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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