KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in multifunctional Lithium Ion batteries

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden

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.

Project description

*Third-cycle subject: * Fibre and Polymer Science

The overall aim of the project is to develop, and gain an improved fundamental understanding on the formation and final structure – property relationship of hybrid solid state electrolytes for Lithium Ion batteries and the interaction with electrode materials. One way to address this is to introduce multi-functionality to the battery. A key component in order to achieve this is the battery electrolyte that should allow for Ion transport and also provide additional features. The project covers synthesis of hybrid solid state battery electrolytes and their function in multifunctional battery concepts.

The application areas for the research at the department of Fibre and Polymer Technology range from materials for life science, renewable materials, to materials for energy applications. For more information please visit: www.kth.se/fpt

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Professor Mats Johansson .

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 compulsory individual study plan to support your development in your area of interest.
•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, one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
•Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.


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 degree at advanced level,
•completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
•in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
•Language requirements

The competence for the position is based on a solid knowledge in organic and polymer chemistry applied to energy storage applications. The appropriate background for this position is a Master’s degree in organic or polymer chemistry, polymer technology, macromolecular materials, soft materials or the equivalent. Additional knowledge in electrochemistry and advanced characterization techniques such as synchrotron based scattering techniques is beneficial. Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and documented skills in summarizing research results in written and oral presentation is required.


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 assed 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 qualities and personal suitability.

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.

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.


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 March 5th 2020 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)
•Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions and certificates of fulfilled language requirements.These need to be translated into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
•Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH’s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here: https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/processing-of-personal-data-in-the-recruitment-process-1.823440

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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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Quote Reference: C-2020-0259