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:  

The division of Affinity Proteomics at the Department of Protein Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SciLifeLab in Stockholm is looking for a PHd-stident within a project entitled “Explore autoantibody repertoires in plasma to identify specific autoantigens associated with vasculitis”, which is a part of the “HEalth data LInkage for ClinicAL benefit (HELICAL)“ H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 Innovative Training Network.

see http://www.helical-itn.eu/

The student will use protein arrays to interrogate thousands of antigen-autoantibody interactions simultaneously to screen plasma from vasculitis patients to search for patterns of autoantibodies correlating with clinical parameters such as disease activity. Proteomic results will be also correlated with tissue morphometric results and clinical outcome, building on the overall HELICAL theme of ethical linkage of experimental and clinical data to improve patient care. The student will learn to run data analysis on proteomic data, interpret them and get the chance to present them at national and international meetings and on peer-reviewed journals. HELICAL ITN is designed to promote movement of researchers in Europe and so is open to researchers from any country in the world provided they have not carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. The HELICAL ITN is highly integrated and so the appointee will also have the opportunity to acquire additional skills through regular meetings, workshops and seminars, and through secondments to other partners in the HELICAL network.

What we offer


  • Entitled to work in the EU;
  • Max 4 years experience in the research field;
  • Not carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date

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.


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.
    • Master of science in biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology or similar;
    • Experimental experience within affinity proteomics or similar;
    • Experience in data analysis and knowledge in R;
    • Fluent English, writing and speaking;
    • Capacity for independent work;
    • Collaborative and communicative capacities

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)

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 C-2019-0363
  • Peter Nilsson, peter.nilsson@scilifelab.se
Published 21.Feb.2019
Last application date 30.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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