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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Cyber Security

The department of Network and Systems Engineering, belonging to the school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, consists of around 30 faculty members, researchers and PhD students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects.

This project is aimed at contributing to the on-going research in the area of model-based assessment and prediction of cyber security in system architectures conducted by the Software Systems Architecture and Security group. To this end so called attack graphs are used. The attack graphs, that are automatically generated from models of corporate IT infrastructures, are subjected to probabilistic inference, producing estimates of the time to compromise different assets in the system architecture. Developing such attack graphs lies at the core of the research project.

In particular this project will be focusing on information and control systems for smart power grids. Consequently the core of the project is to investigate and research components such as SCADA (Supervisory, Control And Data Acquisition) systems, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), and RTUs (Remote Terminal Units) to identify potential attack vectors and defense mechanisms and to codify this in attack graphs for predicting cyber resilience of these components. The work will be conducted in close cooperation with several organizations in the Swedish power industry.

What we offer


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), 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.

The successful applicant is expected to hold or be about to receive an MSc degree in computer science, software engineering, information systems, computer communication networks or similar. Specialization within IT security, statistics and machine learning, software modelling, and industrial control systems are particularly relevant.


The successful applicant should have strong academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently but also together with other colleagues. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.

Target degree: Doctoral 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 and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

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

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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/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and 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. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

The application may also include:

  • A maximum of three 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
  • A maximum of two letters of recommendation
  • Contact information for a maximum of two reference persons. (We reserve the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.) 


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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 doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2018-1865
  • Mathias Ekstedt, Professor, mekstedt@kth.se +46 8 790 68 67
  • Anna Mård, HR Officer, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se +46 87908489
Published 13.Sep.2018
Last application date 08.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET

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