KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

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 Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and 'Open entrance', as well as a number of international masters programmes

Job description

Mid IR and THz physics have during the last decade contributed to an increased understanding of matter in a spectral region that has, previously, been difficult to access. This radiation corresponds to very low energy photons, which are difficult to generate, manipulate and detect. Nevertheless, THz radiation has found many applications in topics like medical and industrial imaging, fundamental and applied spectroscopy, remote sensing and process technology. So, the importance in this field is not the issue at hand instead, for the future growth and success of mid IR and THz science, industrial and medical applications, and communications, it is the availability of components, devices and characterization of materials that needs attention. This PhD is concerned with novel nonlinear techniques for creating small and efficient mid IR and THz sources transmission lines and detectors in novel fiber optic geometries.

The employment is four years with a possibility of maximum up to five years. Up to 20 percent department duties are included in the employment. 


A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Physics or Electrical Engineering with a specialization in optics, photonics, laser physics or quantum mechanics. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project, international experience, and language skills are regarded as advantageous qualifications.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis as well as possessing good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities.  

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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).

The application must contain the following documents in PDF format.

  • Statement of professional interest
  • CV
  • Transcripts from university/university college
  • Example of technical writing, e.g., thesis, essay, course report or scientific paper


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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 Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2017-0610
  • Fredrik Laurell, Professor, +46 70 166 7448, fl@laserphysics.kth.se
  • Valdas Pasiskevicius, Professor, +46 8 553 78155, vp@laserphysics.kth.se
Published 13.Apr.2017
Last application date 01.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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