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.

Become a part of world-leading research and education! The School of Electrical Engineering is one of ten schools at KTH. We conduct research and education in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Space, Fusion and Plasma Physics. The field of electrical and electronic engineering at KTH is internationally recognized and places high in international rankings. The school is responsible for bachelor and master programs in Electrical Engineering which are closely linked to our research fields. 450 people work together in an international environment in eight departments and in the Dean’s office.

The Department of Communication Theory conducts fundamental research in the general field of digital communications with a focus on wireless systems. This includes network information theory, source and channel coding, as well as cellular networking and machine-to-machine communications. The Department of Automatic Control conducts fundamental research in networked control systems, system modeling and identification, optimization and control of communication systems, sensor networks and systems biology. Both departments conduct a significant part of their research within large cross-disciplinary research centres like the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre and the Integrated Transport Research Lab. Research is done in national or international projects involving research groups with universities, such as Caltech, ETH Zurich, and MIT, as well as major industries, such as Ericsson and Scania. The staff is multicultural and the working language is English.

PhD Studies and Project Description

The PhD program in electrical engineering provides world-class education with graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills. KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous remuneration, as well as other employment benefits. As a PhD student you have many opportunities to participate in international conferences and projects, which will extend your professional network and benefit your future career.

We are seeking two PhD students that will join a cutting-edge research project investigating novel approaches on networking and control of cyber-physical systems. The project is motivated by application scenarios in future transportation systems with integrated communication and autonomous vehicles, and will involve mathematical modelling, analysis, optimization, simulation as well as prototype implementations. We are seeking candidates with either a strong background in automatic control (systems and control theory, signal processing, or applied mathematics) or in wireless networking (communication theory, queuing theory, protocol design and performance evaluation). The candidates should be willing to work in a team.


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in electrical engineering, engineering physics, computer science, computer engineering or related fields:

  • For the position in networking, exceptional grades and a strong background in wireless networking & communications is essential, ideally also bringing a background in queuing systems. In addition, a strong mathematical background is a plus, especially with respect to optimization theory.
  • For the position in automatic control, we are looking for candidates with exceptional grades and a strong background in signals, systems and control theory.

For both positions, a good background in the area of the other position is a plus. 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. The evaluation will be based on how well the applicant fulfills the above qualifications.

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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).

The application must include:

  1. Curriculum vitae including relevant academic, professional, and other experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions, with translations in English (unless provided so by the issuing institution).
  3. Statement of purpose: Why the applicant wants to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Up to 2 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 or contact information for two reference persons.


The  employment is time limited and follows the regulations for PhD employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years when 80% studies and 20% department service).

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 PhD student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number E-2015-0800
  • James Gross, Associate Professor, +46 8 790 8819, jamesgr@kth.se
  • Karl Henrik Johansson, Professor, +46 8 790 6320, kallej@kth.se
  • Irina Radulescu, HR manager, +46 8 790 63 21, irinar@kth.se
Published 24.Sep.2015
Last application date 04.Nov.2015 11:59 PM CET

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