KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

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 (www.physics.kth.se) spans from frontline topics in basic science (atomic, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics) to more applied areas such as medical imaging, reactor physics, reactor technology, and nuclear power safety.

The particle and astroparticle physics group (www.particle.kth.se) conducts experimental and theoretical research in both particle- and astroparticle physics. The group is active in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC, in particular in measurements of the Higgs boson and in searches for supersymmetric particles. The astroparticle physics group conducts multi-wavelength studies of compact celestial objects with a focus on X-/gamma-rays. We participate in the Fermi mission and are developing balloon-borne X-ray polarimeters. We also participate in the EUSO mission for the detection of ultra-high energy cosmic-rays. Members of the group are active in theoretical research in neutrino physics and supersymmetric models. The group is a member of The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, okc.albanova.se, and collaborates with groups at Stockholm University located in the same building.

Job description

The group in experimental particle physics, whose research is based at the ATLAS-experiment at CERN, consists of two faculty members, a researcher and two graduate students. We are involved in measurements of the Higgs boson and in searches for physics beyond the standard model and dark matter, for example in searches for supersymmetric particles and new long-lived particles. We have made significant contributions to the design, construction and commissioning of the Liquid Argon calorimeter. For the upgrade of the ATLAS detector, we are involved in the new High Granularity Timing Detector (HGTD), in particular in its capacity for measuring the luminosity.

The postdoc will primarily work with the KTH upgrade responsibilities. This involves establishing a test setup for the luminosity backend electronics boards that will be used for the HGTD, and to participate in the development of the firmware for these boards.

Furthermore, the postdoc will contribute to the work needed to operate the ATLAS experiment. The KTH group has an institutional commitment to the measurement of the luminosity using reconstructed tracks, and some time is expected be devoted to this effort.

The postdoc is expected to contribute to physics analysis, where there are several possibilities to do so in one of the efforts already being pursued in the group.

What we offer

  • International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.


Only applicants with a doctoral degree in experimental particle physics from 2016-2019, or equivalent, will be considered. Membership of the ATLAS collaboration is highly valuable. If not already a qualified member of the ATLAS collaboration, the candidate must have experience of detector work in another high-energy physics experiment, which is relevant to the KTH group upgrade responsibilities. 

The candidates must have extensive experience with programming. Prior experience of firmware programming is considered particularly valuable. Experience with an ATLAS upgrade project or of working within one of the ATLAS detector communities is an advantage. The candidate must be able to demonstrate prior physics analysis experience.

We seek candidates who are dedicated, motivated and have documented experience of independent work. Good communication skills and experience of working in a team are meriting.


  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

  • Scientific skills.
  • Educational ability.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Cooperative skills.
  • Independence.

Trade union representatives

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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).

Fixed term employment /temporary contract 2021-10-31.

About the employment

The position offered is still valid for at least two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment November 1, or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2019-1404
  • Jonas Strandberg, jostran@kth.se, +46-703155 505
Published 05.Sep.2019
Last application date 14.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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