KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Information and Communication Technology

As a doctoral student you will be conducting research in a larger project titled “Time-Critical Clouds” with researchers both from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). In this project, we seek to ensure latency bounds of key building blocks (e.g., geo-distributed key-value stores) that are used for important societal services (for example, Intelligent Transportation Systems). Your work will entail design, implementation, and evaluation of networked systems for time-critical cloud-based services and networks.

You will be part of the Network Systems Laboratory (NSLab), supervised by Professor Dejan Kostic (https://people.kth.se/~dejanko/) and Assistant Professor Marco Chiesa (https://people.kth.se/~mchiesa/). In addition to your doctoral studies leading to a licentiate, you will be expected to teach or perform other department duties up to 20% of full-time.

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.

A successful candidate needs to have: (1) a strong background in distributed systems, networking, programming, and operating systems, (2) excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Licenciate degree

A Degree of Licentiate has less extensive requirements than a Doctoral Degree and can normally be obtained after two years of completed studies within one of KTH's third-cycle subjects. The Degree of Licentiate corresponds to 120 ECTS credits and consists of courses (the amount depending on the third-cycle subject, but with a minimum of 30 ECTS credits), research work and a licentiate thesis.

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

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/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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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2019-1681
  • Dejan Kostic, Professor, dmk@kth.se
  • Tysse Norlindh Falk, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 31.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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