KTH, School of Architecture and Built Environment

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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Civil and Architectural Engineering

A common position between KTH and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden on sensor technology for advanced maintenance of critical infrastructures like ports and airports.

A paradigm shift is occurring in how cargo ports approach their role within the transport sector and society. To ensure a system that is optimized with respect to its overall energy usage, the ‘physical roads’- and ‘digital operating system’- infrastructures of ports must be further connected. Reduced terminal down-time, improved maintenance planning and flexibility will give large energy reductions: faster cargo handling, reduced ship-in-port times, more sustainable material use and enhanced collaboration between transportation modes and port terminals. The project focuses on the case of the Stockholm Norvik Port, a new Swedish freight port to start its operations in 2020. The project investigates the most promising smart roads and connects these with the supply chain infrastructure via a ‘virtual twin’ of the port. Systemic cargo port energy optimization will be done via user case scenarios with multiple stakeholders and a detailed energy optimization road map will be formed.

Within this project, KTH and RISE have started a collaboration that focuses on the development of our future ports in which smart roads play an important role.

The research and development will be performed on integrated sensor technology, distributed energy harvesting, material science, algorithms for handling and interpreting the generated data and integrating this within the logistics of the port. As the project is highly multi-disciplinary, a number of positions will be opened on Licentiate, PhD and Post-Doc level to form a creative environment and a diverse project team that will be capable of handling the complexities of the project.

For this position, we are looking for a person who has a M.Sc. or M.Eng degree focused on sensor technology and/or data science. Knowledge and interest in other technical subjects such as material and building technology, computational simulations, structural mechanics, transport logistics or sensor fusion and artificial intelligence are a benefit.

As many partners are involved in the project, you will also be working in different academic and industry groups and may therefore have a work place at Stockholms Hamnar in Stockholm, Norvik Port and Nynas AB in Nynäshamn, RISE office in Kista as well as at KTH Architecture and Civil Engineering campus on Valhallavägen and the Health Informatics and Logistics group at the KTH Flemingsberg campus.

The PhD Candidate will have a shared position, with a 50% appointment at KTH and 50% at RISE. 

What we offer


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • 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 his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • knowledge in modeling, programming, and life cycle assessment (LCA) is an advantage
  • knowledge of wastewater treatment, soil remediation, agriculture, bioenergy or environmental chemistry is an advantage
  • very good communication skills in English.
  • knowledge of the Swedish language is an advantage
  • A technical or scientific degree specialising in environment or energy.

Target degree: Doctor (4 years)

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 and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

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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/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and 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. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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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 As 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 A-2018-2252
  • Nicole Kringos, professor, 08-790 87 00, E-post: nicole.kringos@abe.kth.se
Published 06.Dec.2018
Last application date 28.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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