KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for one doctoral student position in the area of cyber-security engineering and assurance of safety-critical systems with the focus on integrating of data driven engineering and modelling and verification of cyber-secure railway systems.

Traditionally, safety and security have been considered as two separate engineering domains. However, an increasing openness of modern SCADA systems calls for the engineering approaches supporting security-aware analysis of safety. Such an analysis should help to uncover vulnerabilities that can be exploited to jeopardise safety and facilitate development of efficient recovery and protection strategy.

Digitalisation of SCADA systems, in particularly, in the railway domain, enables a collection of rich set of data from a wide variety of sensors. By using machine learning, AI and advanced modelling to analyse and process collected data, we can create a “digital twin” --  a digital replica of the physical system. A “digital twin” continuously learns and refines itself to maintain a close resemblance with the real system by collecting and analysing a variety of sensory and historic data. It can be used to model and analyse different aspects of system behavior including cyber-security.

The goal of the study is to create and validate a “digital twin” framework enabling an automated modelling and analysis of cybersecurity in the rail-way domain. We aim at creating a cyber-secure-by-design approach that integrates data driven techniques with formal modelling and analysis. The framework should support a powerful automated monitoring and analysis of control and data-flows, emulation of the impact of security attacks on the system safety and identification of critical vulnerabilities. Moreover, the framework should support a development of multi-layered protection and risk mitigation mechanisms ensuring system resilience.

What we offer

The successful applicant will be a member of Theoretical Computer Science department at KTH. The group has a strong track record in the development of formal techniques for safety-critical and secure systems. It is active in a variety of European and national projects. The successful applicant is expected to conduct research within the area of cyber-secure railway systems, which also involves cooperation with national industrial  partners.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility:

  • passed (or be close to a completion) a degree at advanced level in computer science, software engineering or closely related field,
  • Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The ideal candidate also has knowledge in the following areas:

  • Security, machine learning, AI, formal methods, verification, model-driven engineering


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his/her work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree:

PhD in computer science

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student.  The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You'll find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You'll 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 / Central European Summer Time).

  • Applications must include the following elements:
  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact details for two references.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to Agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2018-1324
  • Elena Troubitsyna, , elenatro@kth.se
  • Ingela Somp / HR, somp@kth.se
Published 14.Jun.2018
Last application date 17.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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