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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The seven positions will be placed at three schools within KTH. For more information about each of the KTH schools please visit their respective websites, KTH Electrical Engineering, KTH Computer Science and Communication and KTH Information and Communication Technology.

Project description

Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden's largest individual engineering research program ever, and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden's leading technology companies. The program addresses research on autonomous systems and software acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. Software is the main enabler in autonomous systems, and is an integrated research theme of the program. WASP's key values are research excellence and industrial relevance.

The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of autonomous systems and software. The curriculum provides the foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the field. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry. The graduate school provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance.

WASP involves five Swedish universities: Chalmers, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, and Umeå University together with numerous Swedish industries.

KTH offers up to seven PhD positions within the following seven research projects. Project descriptions may be found at https://www.wasp.kth.se/phd-students/wasp-looking-for-seven-new-ph-d-students.

Project: Security and Privacy of Autonomous Systems in the Home
Supervisor:  Sonja Buchegger, School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH
Contact info: Sonja Buchegger, e-mail: buc@kth.se 

Project: Reinforcement learning endowed multi-robot planning and control under temporal logic tasks
Supervisor: Dimos Dimarogonas, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH
Contact info: Dimos Dimarogonas, e-mail: dimos@kth.se 

Project: Learning Dynamical Systems
Supervisor: Håkan Hjalmarsson, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH
Contact info: Håkan Hjalmarsson, e-mail: hjalmars@kth.se

Project: Embedded Optimization for Real-Time Machine-Learning
Supervisor: Mikael Johansson, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH
Contact info: Mikael Johansson, e-mail: mikaelj@kth.se

Project: Principled Integration of Logic Reasoning and Deep Learning
Supervisor: Hedvig Kjellström, School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH
Contact info: Hedvig Kjellström, e-mail: hedvig@csc.kth.se

Project: Autonomous Time-Critical Cloud
Supervisor:  Dejan Kostic, School of Information and Communication Technology, KTH
Contact info: Dejan Kostic, e-mail: dmk@kth.se

Project: Trustworthy Internet of Things
Supervisor: Panagiotis Papadimitratos, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH
Contact info: Panagiotis Papadimitratos, e-mail: papadim@kth.se


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in Information and Communication Technology, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Computer Science or equivalent.

The successful applicants should have an outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for strongly motivated persons, who are able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH:s web page.


Log into KTH:s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. 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).

You may apply for at most two of the research projects. If you apply for two projects, you need to mention in your application which project is your first choice.

The application must include:

  1. CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. 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.
  3. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Contact information for two reference persons. We will contact reference persons only for top-listed candidates.


The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 7
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number E-2017-0559
  • Bo Wahlberg, Professor, KTH WASP Director, bo@kth.se
  • Sofia Wiklund, HR administrator, rekrytering@ee.kth.se, + 46 8 790 84 89
Published 27.Apr.2017
Last application date 15.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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