Doctoral student in digital solutions for sustainable building technology

Doctoral student in digital solutions for sustainable building technology

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Phd candidate

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

The department of Civil and Architectural Engineering is looking for a PhD student in smart digital processes that will support the re-use of building components and facilitate the circular and resource effective architectural engineering of the future. The work will mainly be carried out within the EU Horizon 2020 project Recreate that aims to develop new knowledge and business models for the re-use of concrete elements in new buildings. The project is inter-disciplinary and as a PhD student you will cooperate with researchers from different departments at KTH and three other universities in Europe. The research is also carried out in cooperation with actors from the Swedish building industry.

We will investigate how digital tags on building components and digital building information models can be used to identify, trace and gather information about the properties and condition of building elements. We will also develop protocols for the feeding of information into digital building information models throughout the supply chain from audit to testing and re-use. Cost-efficient and environmentally friendly techniques for cleaning and stripping will also be investigated.

Third-cycle subject: Civil and architectural engineering

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Associate Professor Kjartan Gudmundsson and Professor Folke Björk

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.
  • The division of Sustainable Buildings offers a strong research environment and exposure to several fields of built environment as well as collaborations with top international research groups
  • The doctoral student's tasks also include being involved in the department's teaching in the first and second cycle


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, preferable a master’s degree in Civil or Architectural Engineering with focus on building technology. 
  • 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.


The applicant is also expected to have a strong background in Building Information Modelling and experience with C#/Python programming or visual programming for BIM. A relevant master’s thesis work is a merit.

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.

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

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.
  • 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.

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Phd candidate


KTH Royal Institute of Technology

SE-100 44 Stockholm , Sweden