Ph.D position in Numerical Analysis

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Job Description: 

Ph.D position in Numerical Analysis

The Division of Numerical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, announces a PhD position in Numerical Analysis.

The Workplace
KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000 first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,300 employees.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international frontline, from fundamental disciplines such as physics and mathematics, to engineering mechanics with applications such as aeronautics and vehicle engineering. We also offer University degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, 'Engineering and Education', and 'Open Entrance', as well as a number of International Masters Programmes.

The Division of Numerical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics offers a strong research environment with research mainly focused on the development, analysis and implementation of numerical methods for differential equations used in simulations of physical systems within many applications.

The research project will be focused on the numerical approximation of high frequency wave propagation, with applications in e.g. electromagnetics, acoustics, geophysics and quantum dynamics. In particular, it will involve the development and analysis of numerical methods based on so-called Gaussian Beams for e.g. the wave equation, the Schrödinger equation and the Helmholtz equation. No prior knowledge of these specific methods is required, see “Qualifications” below.

This is a four-year time-limited position that can be extended up to a year with the inclusion of a maximum of 20% departmental duties, usually teaching. Doctoral students must be registered at KTH. The starting date is open for discussion, but we prefer an earlier date.

Form of employment: Time-limited
Work time: Full time
The salary follows the directions provided by KTH
Start date: According to agreement
Number of positions: 1

Applicants should hold a Master of Science degree or an equivalent degree and have solid background in mathematics, numerical analysis and preferably also an application area. Programming skills are very important. Documented interest in research like activities (e.g. demonstrated in the form of excellent master thesis work) is of large importance. See for information regarding the PhD program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis as well as possess good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities.

Application deadline: 2013-03-11
Employer’s reference: S-2013-0247
Applications should be submitted via email to are to be sent to

Please write reference number in the email subject (CV, etc. should be be sent as an attachment, as pdf-files.) The application should contain a letter in which the applicant describes himself/herself and his/her qualifications and interests. A CV, copies of relevant grades, master thesis work and/or publications, as well as contact information to three reference persons, should be enclosed. Students that are close to finishing a master level education are also welcome to apply.

Please observe that all material should be in English, apart from official documents.

For enquiries about the project, please contact:
Olof Runborg, project leader, advisor
Phone: +46 8 790 69 10

Sandra Di Rocco, Department Chair,
Phone: +46 8 790 71 68

Trade Union representative

Lars Abrahamsson, SACO
Phone: +46 8 790 70 58

Job Categories: 
Graduate student fellowships
Numerical Analysis
Deadline for Application: 
Mar 11 2013