Postdoc in synchrotron characterization, Röntgen-Ångström Cluster project

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, School of Industrial Engineering and Management

Job description

The project is part of a larger Swedish-German collaboration within the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster which aims at developing a sample environment in terms of a miniature AM machine for selected electron beam melting (SEBM). This provides a unique opportunity to study materials behavior during SEBM in-situ for the first time using X-rays generated at large-scale infrastructures (LSIs).

The final AM microstructure is determined by a complex interplay between the alloy characteristics, powder properties and printing parameters. The material is locally melted and solidified multiple times, as new layers are deployed on the underlying layers and is then exposed to cyclic heating and cooling throughout the rest of the printing time. This results in complex time-temperature relations in three dimensions. To understand the behavior of materials during AM, both post-print ex-situ characterization of printed parts and in-situ characterization during the process are needed.

The Unit of Structures at the department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a two-year postdoctoral position within the topic synchrotron characterization with focus on SEBM. The successful candidate will work in an international project team and will be based primarily in Stockholm but should be prepared to spend periods of time in Hamburg.

Furthermore, the applicant will take part in teaching activities such as LSI course development and co-supervision of PhD and Master students.

What we offer

  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.
  • A multidisciplinary and motivated team in the research fields materials design, AM and advanced characterization.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline, in materials science, engineering physics or related topics relevant to the project.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

We are looking for a strongly motivated candidate with a clear interest in, and documented hands-on experience of, LSI methods including diffraction and scattering measurements and associated data analysis techniques. It is commendable if you have experience of additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy and metallic materials. You have also well-developed analytical and problem solving skills and a good research and publication record. As a person you are enthusiastic about LSI techniques and interested in the research and education activities needed for them to be further applied to solve engineering materials challenges relevant to industry. You work well independently as well as within different research group constellations and are aware of diversity and equal treatment issues with particular focus on gender equality.

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Temporary employment for up to two years , or by agreement.

About the employment

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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: Permanent position
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary
City: Stockholm
Reference number: M-2020-0805
Published: 2020-04-15
Last application date: 2020-06-17


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