KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Postdoc in computational fracture mechanics

2024-08-19 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Job description

Modelling of failure by ductile and brittle fracture mechanisms has taken significant steps in recent years by use of nonlocal multiscale theories well adapted for numerical analysis. By this progress the troublesome mode of failure, where stable ductile growth of a crack transitions into unstable brittle crack advance, can now be addressed. This transitional mode of failure has been observed in two recent and independent European research projects, and will be the focal point of the research in this postdoc project. The main task will be to establish a computational framework for analysis of crack growth in large scale test specimens and structures, using micromechanics-based continuum models for porous plasticity, and validation by comparison with existing and complementing fracture tests. A possible transition to brittle fracture will be by use of probabilistic fracture models.

The work will be carried out at the division of Material and Structural Mechanics, Department of Engineering Mechanics, KTH, and in scientific collaboration with MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, and VTT Finland, and with industrial cooperation with Kiwa Technical Consulting, Sweden.

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
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to  relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • You are highly motivated and team-oriented with a strong background in solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, plasticity and numerical analyzes with FEM.
  • Knowledge in programming and software development, preferrable in Fortran.
  • In addition to your scientific skill and pedagogical ability, a relevant doctoral thesis, international experience and good knowledge of English as it is needed in the daily work.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • As a person, we see that you have scientific skills, an ability to work independently and enjoy collaborating with others.

We will place great emphasis on personal qualities, and you are expected to be aware of diversity and equal treatment issues with a special focus on gender equality.

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system to apply for this position. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad.

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.

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).

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.


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

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About KTH

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. Read more here

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Part-time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: Heltid
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2024-1106
  1. Jonas Faleskog, faleskog@kth.se
Published: 2024-07-05
Last application date: 2024-08-19

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Postdoc in computational fracture mechanics
Brinellvägen 8 Stockholm, Sverige
Sista ansökningsdag
2024-08-19 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-08-19 23:59 (CET)
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