Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för teknikvetenskap

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.

Research and teaching conducted at the Department of Physics span from basic science topics in condensed matter physics, biophysics, mathematical physics, atomic, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics to applied areas such as medical imaging, nuclear reactor physics, nuclear reactor technology and nuclear power safety.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Experimental particle physics

The particle physics group at KTH is involved in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, having contributed to the discovery and subsequent measurements of the Higgs boson and in searches for Super symmetry. The group consists of two faculty members, one researcher and two graduate students. We have made significant contributions to the design, construction and commissioning of the Liquid Argon calorimeter pre-sampler and are currently involved in the design of a new detector called the High Granularity Timing Detector.

The research activity for the PhD student will mainly be data analysis and physics interpretation of results from the ATLAS-experiment, but also to participate in the development of HGTD. The group, which has its premises at the AlbaNova buildings in the Stockholm Campus area, has extensive collaboration with other groups, among them the Stockholm University group located in the same building, which contributes to a stimulating research environment. Part of the research time will be spent at CERN.

Besides research at the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC, the particle and astroparticle physics group is also involved in astroparticle physics experiments studying antiparticles and X-rays mainly using the Fermi satellite, and PoGOLite - a balloon-borne mission for polarisation studies. For more information, please see www.particle.kth.se. The group is a member of The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, okc.albanova.se.

What we offer

KTH offers the possibility to conduct doctoral studies in a dynamic, international research environment in close collaboration with industry and prominent universities world-wide.

As a Ph.D. student at KTH you will receive a montly salary according to KTH’s agreement for salaries: https://intra.kth.se/en/anstallning/anstallningsvillkor/lon/doktorandstegen-1.572915

KTH is a work place with many employer benefits: https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/en-arbetsplats-med-manga-formaner-1.467932


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility:

  • 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 your work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

Target 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. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

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 / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • Applications must include the following elements:
  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-09-01 or 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 S-2018-0463
  • Jonas Strandberg, Associate Professor, e-mail jostran@kth.se
Published 19.Apr.2018
Last application date 10.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CET

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