Quick facts

    • Stockholm
  • Full time
  • Consulting assignment
  • 2022-06-09


  • Chemical engineering


  • Phd

Apply by: 2022-08-25

Doctoral student in non-CO2 greenhouse gases removal

Published 2022-06-26

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: Chemical Science and Engineering

In this PhD position, the doctoral student is expected to develop proof-of-concept for technologies to remove-non-CO2 greenhouses at dilute concentrations in air. The student will also contribute to ongoing research activity at KTH with regards to greenhouse gas removal from atmosphere. This work is part of a larger project that aims to (i) develop proof-of-concept (Technology Readiness Level 3-4) for technologies to remove CH4 (and possibly N2O) from dilute (<1 %-vol) non-fossil sources and evaluate its impact on the environment (ii) identify the plausibility of upscaling the technologies in real conditions considering technological, environmental, economic, social and policy compatibility. The project is led by KTH and is in collaboration with several organizations (in academia, research, industry and associations) in Europe.

The doctoral student will mainly focus on carrying out experimental research to develop proof-of-concept for envisioned technologies to remove non-CO2 greenhouse gases like CH4 and N2O at very low concentrations (<1%-vol). The focus is on catalytic conversion of these gases with a possibility of integrating it with direct air capture of CO2. This study will identify suitable catalyst and reactor configuration and establishing thermodynamic and kinetic data. The doctoral student will be placed in the Division of Energy Processes, and will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers spread across Europe.

Supervision: Shareq Mohd Nazir (Assistant Professor), Klas Engvall (Professor) and Efthymios Kantarelis (Associate Professor)  is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

What we offer

Admission requirements

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 second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, 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:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze 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

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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.Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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Type of employment: temporary position longer than 6 months | Contract type: full time | Number of positions: 1 | Working hours: 100% | City: Stockholm | County: Stockholms län | Country: Sweden | Reference number: C-2022-1243 | Contact: Shareq Mohd Nazir smnazir@kth.se, | Published: 2022-06-09 | Last application date: 2022-06-30