Doctoral Position in Environmental Chemistry and Surface Chemistry
Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in environmental chemistry & surface chemistry

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at 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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Chemistry

Predicting cloud formation in the atmosphere remains today impossible, which results in large uncertainties in many scienfific and societal applications such as forecasting precipitations/drought or calculating the climate budget. While it is well known that liquid cloud droplets form by the condensation of water on aerosol particles, only a tiny fraction of these particles (called "Cloud Condensation Nuclei" or "CCN") actually grows into clouddroplets because of key properties that remain difficult to elucidate. In particular, while the volume composition of aerosol particles has been extensively studied, characterizing their surface represents an experimental challenge, especially for individual particles, for which almost no information is available. This project will investigate this unexplored aspect of the aerosol-cloud relationship by characterizing the surface properties of micron- and sub-micron-size individual atmospheric particles and determine their role in droplet growth, using cutting edge surface characterization techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy AFM, and Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy VSFS. By indentifying the key surface properties that set apart the CCN in the aerosol populations, the project will considerably improve the understanding of cloud formation in background and polluted environments, of rain/drought predictions, and reduce the uncertainties in the climate budget.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Barbara Noziere, Professor; and Mark Rutland, Professor

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.
  • A key position in a groundbreaking and challenging research project at the forefront of both atmospheric chemistry and surface chemistry. 


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 Master 2 degree or equivalent in chemistry, physical chemistry or relevant field,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement 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:

  • a strong background in physical chemistry,
  • a strong motivation for experimental work,
  • an interest for environmental topics,
  • strong problem-solving skills and abilities to analyse and work with complex issues,
  • self-motivated, detail- and goal-oriented,
  • able to both work independently and to collaborate with others.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

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

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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.
  • 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.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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 doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2021-1131
Barbara Noziere, Professor; , Phone: +46 70 445 2028, e-mail:
Mark Rutland, Professor; , Phone: +46 8 790 9914; e-mail:
Published 10.Jun.2021
Last application date 30.Jul.2021 11:59 PM CET

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