Postdoc Position in Vascular Exchange in Organs and Tissues
Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences

Postdoc Position in Vascular Exchange in Organs and Tissues

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

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.

The department of Engineering mechanics pursues basic and applied research in biomechanics, composite mechanics, fluid mechanics, contact mechanics, fracture mechanics and fatigue, material mechanics and paper mechanics. In the applied research, there are strong connections to industry and public actors. This position is one of eight postdoc positions in the thematic areas developed at the department, namely,
- Biomechanics, Health and Biotechnology
- Advanced Material and Structures, Energy
- Transport and Future Mobility,
- Advanced Computing and Machine Learning.

Job description

As part of a cross-department initiative, the department of Engineering Mechanics announces a postdoc position within the thematic area Biomechanics, Health and Biotechnology on the topic of “Vascular exchange in organs and tissues”.  This project will develop computational models of transport in soft tissues in the presence of vascular network. We will work with brain tissue, and our computational models will be developed towards supporting the design of high-precision organ-on-chip platforms and hydrogels. They should be able to control the transport inside artificial brain tissue and enable the efficient cell-culturing, cell proliferation and differentiation.

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral candidate to complement the department’s expertise in computational mechanics. The successful candidate will develop and validate computational models to predict fluid flow around and into hydrogels, and the subsequent solute diffusion inside hydrogels. The simulations should help to understand how concentration gradients inside hydrogel depend on hydrogel properties and external flow conditions. Simulation results will then be used by the clinical/medical arm of this project to optimize the vascularization conditions in the production of cerebral organoids.

The position as postdoc primarily refers to one year. Provided that the research is successful, the employment will be extended by a maximum of one year.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • Existing simulation codes for vascular flows and tissue biomechanics.
  • Access to HPC computing and data resources within Sweden and Europe.
  • Access to a well-equipped mechanics laboratory.
  • Collaboration with medical/clinical research at Uppsala University, Stockholm University and SciLifeLab.

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • We are looking for a candidate with a doctoral degree in computational engineering mechanics. The degree should have been completed in the last three years with some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave. Kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume. Particular merits for this position are documented experience in developing, conducting, and evaluating computational simulations related to biofluid flow and solid  biomechanics.
  • Applicants must be strongly motivated for research, have the ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment. Applicants should also have a good level of cooperative and communicative abilities, written and oral proficiency in English. Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

  • Research expertise.
  • Teaching abilities.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.
  • Collaborative abilities.
  • Independence.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage.


Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  3. Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible according to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2021-0324
Professor Shervin Bagheri,
Professor T. Christian Gasser,
Published 05.Mar.2021
Last application date 15.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CET

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