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

The unit for Mechatronics and Embedded Systems is looking for a doctoral student focusing on Autonomous Transport Systems. You will be part of and collaborate with a group of other doctoral students and senior researchers. You will also work in close collaboration with Scania.

Autonomous Transport Systems is a paradigm shift for the industry of heavy trucks. Instead of providing simply trucks, this new idea is to provide whole systems of trucks. Furthermore, the trucks are to be operated autonomously without a driver, in closed areas, e.g. mines, or on public roads. Both since the vehicles are driverless and that the underlying technology is based upon artificial intelligence and machine learning, it will be very challenging to guarantee safe operation; completely new technologies and methods will be needed.

The aim of this research project is to develop theories and methods to support the engineering of safe Autonomous Transport Systems. Research results are expected to lead to both publishable results with high scientific quality and be relevant for industrial application. Research tasks include theory and method development, modeling, simulation, development of prototype tools, and validation against real industrial systems.

The project offers a unique opportunity to work with industrially motivated research where the research goals are coordinated with the emerging needs in the industry. You will spend part of the time located at Scania in order to collaborate with Scania engineers and to carry out case studies on real industrial examples.

The project is funded by Sweden's Innovation Agency "Vinnova" and Scania.

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.

Suitable background is MSc in control theory, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mathematics, computer technology, or computer science.


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: 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

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/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 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-2019-0306
  • Mattias Nyberg, Adjunct Professor, matny@kth.se
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer (HR matters only), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 21.Feb.2019
Last application date 21.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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