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: Industrial Engineering and Management

Digitization is breaking through on a broad front. With modern technology for measurements and monitoring, large amounts of information can be collected by different systems in society. This project focuses on physical assets provided with sensors and monitoring equipment, and where collected data then can be processed by using advanced techniques of data analysis and machine learning. However, the question is how to use all the collected data? What analyzes should be done? And how can the new "smart" technologies be utilized in asset management, e.g. to increase efficiency, create new services, and develop new businesses?

The project revolves around infrastructure systems, such as water pipelines, roads, bridges and railways, which typically are critical to society, has evolved successively over a long period of time, and today face major challenges in terms of operations and maintenance. The PhD student will focus on how these infrastructure systems can be made more sustainable and socially effective through the introduction of new "smart" technologies. Using comparative studies of the introduction of smart technologies in various infrastructure systems under different periods, the intention is to develop knowledge on how these technologies that can be utilized in the best possible way, as well as on the effect these technologies have on existing and future business models. As there is a strong technological development in this area, the PhD student will work at the interface between innovation management/business development, systemic innovation, and technology development.

The project will be exe in collaboration with several private and public industry partners that deliver different types of infrasystem services, such as in energy, water,and transport.

The position is located at the Department of Industrial Economics and Organization at KTH. The project is also part of the Mistra multidisciplinary program "InfraMaint - Smart Maintenance of Infrastructure".

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.

Applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, Construction economics and management, Innovation management, or equivalent. Furthermore, the applicant must have strong academic qualifications.


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
  • ability to write and perform oral presentations in Swedish and English.

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.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment During Spring 2019 or according to agreement
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-2019-0300
  • Mats Engwall, Professor, +46 8 790 61 16, mats.engwall@indek.kth.se
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer (HR matters only), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 21.Feb.2019
Last application date 28.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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