KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering

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.

Become a part of world-leading research and education! The School of Electrical Engineering is one of ten schools at KTH. We conduct research and education in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Space, Fusion and Plasma Physics. The field of electrical and electronic engineering at KTH is internationally recognized and places high in international rankings. The school is responsible for bachelor and master programs in Electrical Engineering which are closely linked to our research fields. 450 people work together in an international environment in eight departments and in the Dean’s office.

The Automatic Control Lab conducts fundamental research in control, optimization, networked systems, communication systems, systems biology, system identification, and multi-agent systems. A major part of the research is conducted within the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Sweden's largest university research center in networked systems, and in EU-projects in collaboration with European industry and universities. We have a large academic network and collaborate with researchers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, among others. In the most recent Academic Ranking of World Universities, KTH was ranked as the 12th university world-wide in the area of Automation and Control and in the 3rd place in Europe.

Project description

The successful candidate will join a research group working on fundamental theory and algorithms for large-scale real-time decision-making and control. Current research projects include radio resource allocation for next generation wireless systems, optimization of sustainable infrastructures, and distributed algorithms for large-scale machine learning. The group blends curiosity-driven basic research with applications and collaboration with industry and society.

The PhD student will join the PhD program in Electrical Engineering, which provides world-class quality education, including a large number of graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills.

KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous remuneration, as well as other employment benefits. As a PhD student at KTH you have many opportunities to participate at international conferences, research projects and other relevant events, which will extend your professional network and benefit your future career.


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in applied mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science or similar. We are looking for an applicant with a strong background and interest in mathematics and algorithms.

The successful applicant should be self-motivated, have an outstanding academic track record, and well-developed analytical and problem solving skills. Excellent command of English, orally and in writing, is essential for publishing and presenting results at international conferences and in international journals. 

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. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of the application period.

The application must include:

  1. CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  3. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve us the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.


The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years when 80% PhD studies and 20% department service including teaching). 

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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 According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number E-2017-0943
  • Mikael Johansson, Professor, mikaelj@kth.se, +46 8 790 74 36
  • Mikael Visén, HR administrator, rekrytering@ee.kth.se, +46 8 790 84 89
Published 14.Sep.2017
Last application date 06.Nov.2017 11:59 PM CET

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