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Project description

Third-cycle subject: Technology and health, specialization in Medical engineering.

The doctoral position is hosted at the Division of Neuronic Engineering at KTH. The Division is an internationally recognized research group focusing on head and neck biomechanics and Finite Element (FE) modelling. This project aims at developing FE models of infants and children to study head injury mechanisms, provide biomechanical evidence, and support forensic diagnosis of abusive head trauma (AHT), which is a leading cause of fatality in infants who experienced a non-accidental injury. The project also involves applying the developed models for clinical innovations. Therefore, expertise in biomechanics and FE simulations are needed, and the applicants should have a solid knowledge of mechanics or biomechanics. Furthermore, applicants should have basic studies at the MSc level in medical engineering, biomechanics, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, mechanics, or similar. This project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) that supports excellent quality research and will be carried out in collaboration with forensic scientists and clinicians

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Assoc. Prof. Xiaogai Li, Prof. Svein Kleiven, Prof. Ingemar Thiblin

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 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, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • The doctoral student is offered a 4 year highly specialized doctoral training, making the candidate an expert in head impact biomechanics as well as being aware of commercializable market opportunities.


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.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.


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.
  • experiences on constitutive modelling, image processing, programming are merits but not a must.

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 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. Read more here.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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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.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employment2021-03-01 or according to agreement (either earlier or later)
SalaryMonthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberC-2020-2173
ContactXiaogai Li, +46 (0) 739081035, xiaogai@kth.seSvein Kleiven, +46 (8) 7906448, sveink@kth.se
Last application date28.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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