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 span from basic science topics in condensed matter physics, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics to applied areas such as medical imaging, nuclear engineering and nuclear power safety.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Physics - specialization: Atomic, Subatomic, and Astrophysics

The Doctoral student will join the particle and astroparticle physics division at the Department of Physics. The astrophysics research at the division focuses on analysis and interpretation of observational data of cosmic explosions (gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and their remnants), compact objects (e.g. active galactic nuclei and X-ray binaries), as well as the development of instrumentation for X-ray astronomy and cosmic rays.  These activities are a part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics (http://okc.albanova.se/) at AlbaNova University Centre, which provides a prominent and stimulating research environment. The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) is located nearby.  

The main focus for the PhD position is studies of supernova remnants. The work will primarily involve analysis and modelling of observational data. X-ray, optical and other multiwavelength observations will be used.

The employment is four years. Should department duties/teaching be included in the employment up to a level of 20 percent, an extension can be granted up to a maximum of five years.

Supervision: Docent Josefin Larsson.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment and advanced universities the world over.
  • A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.


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.

MSc in astronomy or physics.


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.

The following experiences and skills are considered particularly important: A MSc project in astronomy, experience of analysis of astronomical data, excellent written and oral communication skills.

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

Target degree: Doctoral 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 and may there after 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 and including contact information of two references
  • 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 longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment nov 2019- feb 2020
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-2019-1418
  • Docent Josefin Larsson, josla@kth.se
  • Head of department/Professor Mark Pearce, pearce@kth.se
Published 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 17.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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