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15 PhD Positions Fully Funded at Uppsala University, Sweden

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Uppsala University, Sweden invites online Application for number of   PhD Positions at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Positions available at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD student in Computational Mechanics, fracture modelling of batteries

In service, significant deformations develop in lithium-ion battery electrodes during cycling, resulting in microscopic cracks leading to decreased capacity and battery lifespan. The understanding of why, where and how these cracks develop and grow is limited. In this joint research project, conducted at the interface between mechanics and chemistry, we use multiphysics computer models to study deformation mechanisms in battery electrodes, supported by highly resolved synchrotron X-ray CT crack experiments. The project is expected to increase the understanding of battery cracking and its dependency on electrode morphology, particle positions and electrochemical cycling, and open for a design change of the electrode microstructure to increase batteries capacity and lifespan. The project is thus a vital contribution to the development of tomorrow’s batteries.

Deadline : 2023-10-31

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(02) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in multimodal characterization of magnetic nanomaterials with X-ray and ferromagnetic resonance (MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS)

In this project we exploit the enormous potential at the synchrotron MAX IV in Lund to study magnetic battery materials. We study the connection between magnetic properties of nanoparticles under ion insertion with a number of probes at different length scales. We do this by studying the connection between changes in the crystal structure (WAXS), particle morphology (SAXS) and magnetic properties (ferromagnetic resonance or x-ray dichroism) using a multimodal approach when the ions are inserted/removed electrochemically. Within the project, we develop a specially formed battery half-cell that allow us measuring the dis/charging the battery as we measure all other probes simultaneously. The project is co-financed av Horizon Europe MSCA COFUND and Uppsala University.

Deadline : 2023-10-31

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(03) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral Student in Materials chemistry (MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS)

The PhD-student will work in the border area between chemistry, physics and materials science; more specifically, with the additive manufacturing and characterizations of new rare earth metal free alloys for application as permanent magnets. The main work duty is to perform research in the above described topic. This includes the development of additive manufacturing of alloys, and investigation of their structure-property relations. Powder bed fusion methods (PBF-LB/SLM) will be employed in the project. Characterisation with different synchrotron methods combined with e.g. APT, EBSD, Electron microscopy, mechanical testing, X-ray- and neutron diffraction and imaging, sample preparation by FIB. The duties of the PhD-student will include the development of advanced characterisation methods in collaboration with other researchers (both nationally and internationally) and international experience from collaborative project is valued.

Deadline :  2023-10-31

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(04) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD student in 2D quantum materials (MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS)

Two-dimensional (2D) material van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures exhibit extraordinary quantum traits for next-generation nanoelectronics, spintronics, and optoelectronic applications. The project aims to investigate the quantum (electronic, phononic, and magnonic) properties and phenomena in novel directly-chemical vapor deposited 2D material heterostructures and their functionalized defect-passivated systems, and develop innovative devices. Here we will explore a new direct growth of 2D material heterostructures, for example, semiconducting MoS2 on graphene. Recently, we have innovated the growth of composite 2D heterostructures by nucleation-defined chemical vapor deposition. In this project, we specifically aim to probe the electronic structure of these new quantum materials via advanced x-rays spectroscopic tools, such as angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES), resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), ambient pressure x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (APXPS), nano and micro-(ARPES), to uncover the band structure and surface charge transfer in directly CVD-grown 2D heterostructures of MoS2 over graphene and 2D magnets (Chromium Telluride) over graphene. This will help in understanding spin-orbit coupling and its influence on the electronic and magnonic (involving magnetic 2D materials) band structure in 2D heterostructures. In addition, the project will involve the investigation of defect passivation by chemical treatments on CVD-grown 2D materials. These objectives will impact the understanding of the properties of the directly grown 2D heterostructures and engineering their properties for efficient next-generation optoelectronic and spintronics devices, which will be innovated with these quantum materials. This project is expected to significantly contribute to pushing the boundaries of 2D quantum materials.

Deadline : 2023-10-31

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(05) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in the Mathematical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations with connections to Deep Learning

The duties of a PhD student are primarily directed at their own research education, which lasts for four years. The work may also involve, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to maximum five years. The student is automatically admitted to WASP Graduate School and should participate in offered courses and activities. The main focus of the research will be the mathematical analysis of PDEs, in particular diffusion equations, with an emphasis on connections to deep learning. Nonlinear parabolic and elliptic PDEs are also of special interest. In terms of methods, the research will mainly fall into the realm of pure mathematics, but may also include some numerical and computational components.

Deadline : 2023-10-20

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(06) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in limnology with focus on the climate footprint of macrophytes

Most rivers are highly degraded ecosystems, but there is a large movement to restore them. The restoration of streams and rivers includes the establishment of wetlands, and the removal of dams, which benefits biodiversity and water quality. Both restoration practices entail the expansion of aquatic plants (macrophytes), which can act as strong greenhouse gas sources, but which also sequester carbon and thus act as carbon sinks. The overall climate footprint of macrophytes is at present insufficiently understood. The CLIMIPHY project  ( investigate the greenhouse gas emission as well as carbon sequestration of different species and communities of macrophytes, in order to enable river restoration practitioners to design plantation schemes that maximize the intended benefits for biodiversity and water quality at minimal climate footprint.

Deadline : 2023-10-23

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(07) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in electromobility: Electric motor design

The rapid technological development in electric motor design means that the insulation is exposed to greater stress through higher voltage levels, new fast-switching power electronics as well as new cooling methods. The goal of this PhD project is to develop a method to estimate the lifetime of the insulation in electric motors for applications in electromobility. The aim is to avoid over-dimensioning the insulation and at the same time minimize the risk of failure. The project will consist of analytical calculations, FEM simulations and design and analysis of experiments. The project will be multidisciplinary as consideration needs to be given to many different aspects such as electrical, mechanical and thermal. The research group at Uppsala University has extensive experience in research on various types of electrical machines as well as a large laboratory. We offer varied and exciting work that is designed by the PhD student and the research group together. The PhD student will be supervised by at least two supervisors and the research group consists of several seniors and PhD students working with electrical machines and modelling. Apart from the industrial cooperation there are good possibilities to collaborate with other PhD students in the research group. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement to the doctoral students at the department.

Deadline :  2023-10-25

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(08) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in applied nuclear physics, nuclear safeguards

The project is devoted to research on safeguards aspect related to the verification of spent nuclear fuel prior to encapsulation and final disposal. In Sweden, the company SKB is responsible for the encapsulation and final disposal, and currently the facilities are being designed. However, no geological repository is yet in operation, and there is no experience of safeguards measurements and safeguards verification prior to encapsulation and disposal. In fact, such measurements mark the last point in time where the spent fuel is accessible for measurements, which puts stringent requirements on the accuracy and thoroughness of the safeguards verification measurements. Due to the throughput of the planned encapsulation facility in Sweden and the required measurement times, it is foreseen the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), responsible for performing the safeguards evaluation, will share measurement equipment and data with SKB. Thus, the measurement station must provide both operational data to SKB and nuclear safeguards relevant data to the IAEA. In addition, the national regulator Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten (SSM) may also require access to the data and analysis results. This research project is a collaboration between Uppsala University and SKB, in which we plan to design a measurement station to measure the radiation emissions from the spent nuclear fuel in order to characterize it. The performance of the developed measurement station will be evaluated for both operator and regulator needs. The goal of this project is to propose a first design of a measurement station that fulfills the requirements of all involved parties. The project includes evaluations of relevant detectors, studies of measurements to be done and research on possible analysis methodologies for assessing the performance of the selected systems. In the analysis methodology part of the project, the use of machine learning algorithms is foreseen, both for analysis of single detector measurement results, and to enable a systematic evaluation of multiple detector signals and measurement techniques simultaneously to more accurately characterize the spent fuel. The project will require significant Monte-Carlo simulations to be performed, both in order to characterize the designed measurement station, and evaluate its response to the inventory of spent nuclear fuel to be disposed of. This will include modelling of the fuel as a radiation source, radiation transport to the detectors, simulating the detector response and the analysis of the response to quantify the measurement performance.

Deadline :  2023-10-23

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(09) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in Industrial Engineering

Historically Sweden has been a ‘nuclear state’ supporting the development and establishment of a nuclear industry resulting in the deployment of several nuclear reactors from the 1960s’ to the mid-1980s’. In the late 1970s’ the political landscape changed aiming to phase out nuclear energy production in the long run. With the increased (future) need for electricity due to the electrification of society as well as the need to limit CO2 emissions, the political landscape regarding nuclear technology is once more under transition, proposing a changing attitude towards developing and deploying nuclear energy production in Sweden. This research project studies the potential re-industrialisation of nuclear technology in Sweden and opens to numerous interesting questions for instance related to future competence needs, industrial learning processes, complex program/project management challenges of very large and multi-dimensional infrastructure investments, modularisation of infrastructure, reframing of (nuclear) technology, the socio-materiality of innovation, changing views of nuclear technology in society, meanings of risk, to name a few.

Deadline : 2023-11-15

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(10) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in resilience of offshore renewable energy systems to extreme weather hazards

This PhD project will focus on resilience of offshore renewable energy systems (offshore wind, wave, tidal) to extreme weather hazards, as well as the resilience on an electric grid dependent on these energy sources. The project aims to study the impact of environmental conditions on the reliability of offshore energy systems, and connect this to consequences for the energy system at large. In this work, the PhD student will work closely with other researchers to assess electric grid functionalities and related aspects. The project is part of the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), a leading national center for research within natural hazards and disaster risk management. Collaboration and dialogue within the CNDS framework will provide an interdisciplinary platform to share and gain expertise within disaster risk reduction. We offer a varied and exciting work that is designed by the PhD candidates together with the research team. The PhD student will be supervised by at least two supervisors and the research group consists of several seniors and PhD students working on different aspects of renewable energy and the electric grid. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement to the doctoral students at the department.

Deadline : 2023-11-06

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(11) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral position in Solid Mechanics – multiscale modelling

The main duties for a doctoral student are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in the research project and third-cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%). When you are admitted to doctoral studies, you are offered employment as a doctoral student. A position as a doctoral student at Uppsala University corresponds to full-time postgraduate education for four years. Within your research, you develop theoretical models to interpret experimental data, and to unravel the underlying mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement in pipeline steels. The models are developed based on material testing and microstructural characterization data, e.g. EBSD and KAM maps, provided by a PhD student working in Finland; the models serve as a tool to calibrate input parameters for a large-scale engineering failure assessment model developed by another PhD student in Norway. This enables you to verify your theoretical models against experimental data and see their immediate application in engineering practice! You are expected to publish your research outcomes in scientific journals and present them at national/international conferences.

Deadline :  2023-11-17

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(12) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD position in electricity supply at airports with new electric aircraft

The project YourFlight is a collaboration between Skellefteå Airport and Uppsala University. As a new PhD student at the Division of Electricity, you will work with the project in this research area. Electric aircraft of the future creates new demands on airports, for example regarding available power for charging. In order to meet the enhanced electricity supply at the airports, there are several options, such as rebuilding parts of the electric grid to the airports, adding local battery storage or with local electricity generation from renewable energy sources. The research project is based on the latest research and development of electric aircraft and charging infrastructure. The three research questions intended to be answered are these: 1. How can the airport meet the need for electricity for more electric aircraft and electric vehicles, with battery storage and/or expansion of the electric grid locally and what are its pros and cons and innovation opportunities? 2. Which innovations of battery-powered electric aircraft, eVTOLs and charging infrastructure can contribute to sustainable, resilient and electrified travel in the coming years? 3. What impact do particular national conditions have on charging strategies for electric aircraft at airports and what new strategies can be developed to meet national conditions and needs? The YourFlight research project includes both modeling and experimental work. We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.

Deadline : 2023-11-09

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(13) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in electromobility – modeling and control of microgrids

Electrification is vital for a successful transition to a sustainable, fossil-free society. However, capacity bottlenecks in the electric grid threatens to slow down the transition towards a more sustainable energy system. This project aims at contributing towards the development of smart, safe and resilient energy communities in part by developing a framework for microgrid management based on real load models together with privacy-preserving machine learning methods. The proposed methods will be demonstrated at Dansmästaren, a test bed for research on smart EV charging and energy management, located in Uppsala. The research group at Uppsala University has extensive experience on research in energy systems and a large laboratory activity. The research team is led by a Professor and includes a senior researcher and three PhD students. They work together and meet regularly. This position also includes close collaboration with a PhD candidate at the Division of Signals and Systems. The project includes collaboration with industrial partners such as Volvo Cars, CEVT, E.ON, and Vattenfall.

Deadline : 2023-11-09

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(14) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Position in Organoid Modelling of Intestinal Epithelial Bacterial Infection

We are looking for person with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree at the interface between bacterial infection biology and epithelial cell and tissue biology. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate, with an ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others. The position is one of twelve PhD positions in the new Horizon Europe-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Doctoral Network “SurfEx – Epithelial Exchange Surfaces: From organizing principles to ex vivo disease models of the gatekeepers of the body” ( The mission of SurfEx is to unite academic and non-academic partners and develop new insights into the formation and functioning of epithelial tissues in health and disease. The top (apical) side of epithelial cells is responsible for the exchange of materials with the outside environment, but also for preventing unwanted microbes and other damaging agents to reach deeper tissues. The formation of a functional apical exchange surface requires complex rearrangements of the cytoskeleton, the formation of surface features like cilia or microvilli, and correct molecular specialization (proteins, lipids and carbohydrates). Within SurfEx, research in small model organisms will be combined with novel 3D tissue culture models to unravel the molecular mechanisms that establish a functional and selective apical exchange surface.

Deadline : 2023-11-22

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(15) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD student in Pharmacometrics

A PhD position is available in the Pharmacometrics Research Group at the Department of Pharmacy with a focus on pharmacometric methods to demonstrate treatment effectiveness in very small clinical trials. The doctoral position is part of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) “doctoral network” called Medicines Made to Measure (MMM), which offers an innovative doctoral training program for several young researchers at nine different European universities. MMM aims to go beyond the latest genetic medicine approaches and establish the field of single-patient tailored antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) treatments for individuals with nano-rare RD mutations, patients currently excluded from benefiting of current medical breakthroughs. Specifically, MMM aims to develop core modules in a new “out-of-the-box”, yet EMA-advised treatment development pathway for single patients with nano-rare mutations – from omics-based therapy, via preclinical target validation to innovative trial methodology and a pioneering ethical framework for individualized genetic therapies. Central to the research and training programs for doctoral students is quantitative modeling that can integrate information from several different saturation sources to demonstrate the effectiveness of an ASO treatment in very small (“n of one”) clinical trials. These models and methods will be developed based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (pharmacometric) principles.

Deadline : 2023-11-27

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About Uppsala University, Sweden –Official Website

Uppsala University  is a research university in Uppsala, Sweden. Founded in 1477, it is the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries still in operation. It has ranked among the world’s 100 best universities in several high-profile international rankings during recent years. The university uses “Gratiae veritas naturae” as its motto and embraces natural sciences.

The university rose to pronounced significance during the rise of Sweden as a great power at the end of the 16th century and was then given a relative financial stability with the large donation of King Gustavus Adolphus in the early 17th century. Uppsala also has an important historical place in Swedish national culture, identity and for the Swedish establishment: in historiography, literature, politics, and music. Many aspects of Swedish academic culture in general, such as the white student cap, originated in Uppsala. It shares some peculiarities, such as the student nation system, with Lund University and the University of Helsinki.

Uppsala belongs to the Coimbra Group of European universities and to the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. The university has nine faculties distributed over three “disciplinary domains”. It has about 44,000 registered students and 2,300 doctoral students. It has a teaching staff of roughly 1,800 (part-time and full-time) out of a total of 6,900 employees. Twenty-eight per cent of the 716 professors at the university are women. Of its turnover of SEK 6.6 billion (approx. USD 775 million) in 2016, 29% was spent on education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, while 70% was spent on research and research programs.

Architecturally, Uppsala University has traditionally had a strong presence in Fjärdingen, the neighbourhood around the cathedral on the western side of the River Fyris. Despite some more contemporary building developments further away from the centre, Uppsala’s historic centre continues to be dominated by the presence of the university.



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