KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Information and Communication 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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Information and Communication Technology conducts research and education at a leading international level in Electronics, Software and Computer Systems as well as in Communication Systems. The research activity encompasses both basic and applied level. The school offers a wide spectrum of educational programs at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. The school of Information and Communication Technology fosters close collaboration with Swedish and international companies and research institutes as well as surrounding associations such as Kista Science City.

Project description

The project SUPERHARD IC - Silicon Carbide Used in Potentially disruptive Emerging Radiation-HARDened Instrument Components (funded by the Swedish National Space Board), will bring a radical new capability to the European space sector in the manufacture of radiation hardened instrument components. Silicon Carbide (SiC) bipolar Instrument Components will be designed and produced using the state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Radiation-hardened mixed signal technologies have been identified by ESA as an urgent requirement in the Critical Space Technologies. The department of Electronics at KTH has more than 20 years’ experience of SiC and integrated circuits. SiC has emerged as one of the most promising technologies, however, there is not enough radiation testing of these innovative radiation hardened devices. Results from this project could enable Europe to match or exceed US capability, with spin out applications to other harsh environment sectors, including aerospace, energy, industrial production and health.

Job description

The Ph.D. position is within the topic of radiation hardened electronics for space applications. The work includes both process development and process integration of diamond films or other dielectrics to achieve high radiation hardness in devices and circuits in silicon carbide, as well as planning and evaluation of radiation studies for these. The work will be highly experimental and partly conducted within KTH’s cleanroom facility Electrum Laboratory. The Ph.D. student will be involved in the project SUPERHARD IC with senior researcher and Ph.D. students both from KTH and internationally. The Ph.D. student is expected to teach or perform other department duties up to 20% of the working time.


The applicant must have a Master of Science degree or equivalent degree to be eligible for Ph.D. studies at KTH. The ideal applicant should have a solid background in electronic circuits and solid state electronics. We value experience from bipolar transistor device physics, electrical measurements and experience of practical cleanroom work. The applicant should be curious and have a high ambition to conduct research work. The applicant should be able to work in a structured way both individually and in a larger group. Good communication skills in written and spoken English is compulsory.

Trade union representatives

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The application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter: a one-page summary of your application.
  • Curriculum vitae: a document of up to four (4) pages, including all your relevant academic, professional and other achievements, and experience.
  • An official copy of the MSc (or equivalent) degree certificate and academic transcript. For applicants in the process of obtaining the MSc (or equivalent) degree, they must state with supporting document the expected date of degree completion.
  • Recommendation letters: Please send together with your application at least two (2) recommendation letters Please also include detailed contact information for at least two (2) references (including the two you arranged for).
  • Statement of purpose: Please state why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree in these research topics,giving an account of your academic interests and your background. Maximum two (2) pages long.
  • Representative publications or technical reports: Please provide, if any, up to maximum two (2) documents, no longer than ten (10) pages each. For longer documents (e.g., project theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

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Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


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The employment is time limited, in line with the regulations for PhD employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen).

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, preferably soonest possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Kista
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number I-2017-0089
  • Carl-Mikael Zetterling, Professor, bellman@kth.se
  • Susanne Collberg, HR Administrator, rekrytering@ict.kth.se
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 10.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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