KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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.

Department of Machine Design is active in research and education within product realization. Specific areas are: Machine elements, Machine Design, Mechatronics and Embedded control systems, Internal Combustion Engines, Integrated product development,Innovation and Industrial Design.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: 

Machine design with a direction to Integrated Product Development

ReCiPSS is an EU project that includes several companies and research groups in Europe. The project is headed by KTH and involves researchers from Integrated Product Development and Industrial Production. The project aims to develop product service systems with new business models that support greater resource efficiency. We are currently seeking a PhD student for this interdisciplinary project. The PhD student assignment will specifically focus on business model innovation and how to manage and organize in industrial companies to create more disruptive new business models that support a sustainable development. The work will lead to new theory, but also new methodology in order for companies to move towards a circular economy, where new business models enable increased resource efficiency.

ReCiPSS offers an international research environment with frequent contacts with industry and focusing on the research's impact on business. At the same time, the research studies is an opportunity to immerse oneself in an area and in particular in the theory that is relevant for the challenges in practice, such as innovation in networks, business model innovation, and innovation for sustainable development. A PhD student in the project therefore needs to be interested in theory studies together with a great willingness to transform new knowledge into practical use. Since the student will work closely with ReCiPSS’ team at KTH, working on different but relevant project deliverables and activities will be part of the research studies. Research studies require perseverance, an autonomous way of working and that one is result oriented.

What we offer

    • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
    • Life-long network through KTH´s Alumni organization.
    • A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
    • Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement. KTH´s employee benefits.
    • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europ´s fastest growing capitols, which is close to both nature and the sea.
    • Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
    • Research studies in the highly important area of innovation management and circular economy that attracts committed and change oriented researchers.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • 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.

Applicants has most likely a Master of Science degree in engineering, typically with a specialization in organization and management or in design or in environmental sciences.


In order to succeed as an 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 or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

Target degree:

Doctor's degree

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

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 / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • 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.


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Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH´s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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 / beginning of Fall 2018
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2018-0852
  • Sofia Ritzén, Professor, +46 8 790 91 82
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer (for HR matters), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 14.Jun.2018
Last application date 10.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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