Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap

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Project description

Third-cycle subject: Electrical Engineering

The research group of RF/microwave/THz MEMS is a part of the Department of Micro and Nano Systems at KTH consisting of more than 50 researchers and Ph.D. students. Research in RF/microwave/THz MEMS is carried out for applications including telecommunication, radar, medical diagnosis and space instruments, at frequencies from 75 to 750 GHz. The research output of the RF/microwave/THz MEMS group is well recognized internationally, and its Ph.D. students have received a total of six IEEE Best Paper Awards and four IEEE Graduate Fellowships in recent years. National and international partners in ongoing research collaborations include, for instance, Ericsson (SE), Infineon (DE), Chalmers (SE), CSEM (CH), NASA-JPL (USA), Tokyo Institute of Technology (JP).

The specific research project is on developing novel radar sensors enabled by micromachined sub-THz systems, more specifically a new high-resolution short-range car radar sensor technology operating at 200-300 GHz frequencies. The project is a collaboration project with the major partners Veoneer/Autoliv, Chalmers, Ericsson and Infineon. As a Ph.D. student you will work in an interdisciplinary research team, you will develop your own millimeter-wave/THz microsystem radar front-end concepts, you will model and simulate them in state-of-the-art design tools, you will fabricate them in the KTH clean-room environment, and you will characterize them in our THz laboratory with microwave and antenna measurement setups or with setups you still have to develop. Furthermore, you have to implement basic radar signal processing algorithms to process the radar data (for instance in Matlab).

Project funding is provided by the European Commission via the H2020 collaboration project “Car2TERA”, grant agreement 824962 (ICT-07-2018, Electronic Smart Systems).

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries 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.


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 specialization in RF/microwave engineering, preferably even with specialization in radar systems and radar signal processing, is a necessary asset. Knowledge in microsystem technology/micro-electromechanical systems is advantageous. Knowledge in RF design tools and Matlab is also advantageous.

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

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Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

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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:

  • 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 longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to the agreement, preferably as soon as possible
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 J-2019-2132
  • Joachim Oberhammer, Professor, joachimo@kth.se
  • Mikael Visén, HR Officer, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 15.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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