Karlstad University / Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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Are you interested in the interplay between mathematical modeling, physical systems, and programming?

The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology is accepting applications for a doctoral studentship leading to a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The purpose of this project is to develop efficient algorithms and methods for computational design optimization. These methods will be used to solve practical problems including acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation. Modern simulation software can quickly compute important performance measures, such as to what extent a machine part is deformed when loaded or how well an antenna radiates to the surroundings. Today, computational design algorithms can modify, or even create from scratch, geometries that outperform existing designs. In this project, we will develop and analyze efficient gradient-based design optimization methods based on the numerical solution of partial differential equations.


A doctoral student is mainly expected to engage in doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects and postgraduate courses. The doctoral program comprises 240 higher education credits, including the doctoral thesis and 120 higher education credits for a Degree of Licentiate.

The doctoral student will research computational design optimization, a field in which simulations are combined with numerical optimization algorithms for engineering design. The purpose of this project is to develop and analyze efficient algorithms and methods. The project primarily considers applications in acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation problems.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7 Sect 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have second-cycle qualifications, completed at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 credits at master level, or who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39)

To meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant must hold a Degree of Master (60 or 120 ECTS credits) with a major in Mathematics and a specialization in a relevant field, hold a degree with an equivalent specialization in Mathematics, or in some other way have acquired equivalent knowledge, in Sweden or abroad.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be deemed to have the ability required to pursue the program successfully (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

Selection is based on previous study results. Special weight will be given to the quality of independent research or investigative projects executed during previous studies, and in particular to such projects completed at a master level and in the proposed research specialization. The most important assessment criteria for the selection are scientific skills, suitability for the project, and the documented ability to both work in groups and independently carry out tasks.

For further information on research and the doctoral program in Mathematics at Karlstad University, see https://www.kau.se/en/mathematics


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date as negotiated.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

Further information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organization. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardize a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should be written in English or Swedish and include the following:

- a cover letter briefly describing the reasons behind your interest in the position and your qualifications in relation to the duties of the position (max. one page),
- a list of qualifications (CV),
- degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates,
- copy of Master’s thesis (60 or 120 ECTS credits) or similar, and copies of any relevant scholarly publications,
- contact details for at least two references, at least one of whom should be a current or previous supervisor or equivalent.

Please note that all documents must be in Swedish or English. Swedish or English translations must be included for documents in any other language.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad

Application deadline: 2021-07-31

State the ref. no: REK 2021/26

We look forward to your application!


Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September 2021, or as negotiated.
Salary Standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/64
  • Eddie Wadbro, +46 54 700 1331, eddie.wadbro@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 31.May.2021
Last application date 31.Jul.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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