KTH Royal Institute of Technology, EECS

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: Electrical Engineering

Nanogap Electrodes for High-Throughput Decoding of Biomolecules (e.g. DNA, Peptides) Using Electron Tunnelling Detection

Next-generation DNA sequencing approaches are vital for enabling fast and inexpensive sequencing of the genome of individual patients. However, current sequencing techniques are still too slow and expensive for sequencing genomes for healthcare practice on a large scale. The objective of this PhD project is to develop novel nanogap electrode and nanopore devices for a high-throughput DNA sequencing platform using electron tunnelling detection, so-called quantum sequencing. Therefore the PhD student will develop and manufacture electrodes (metal or graphene) separated by nanogaps that are less than 3 nm wide and that are integrated in nanopores, utilizing a new crack-junction methodology that was recently invented by our group. We will perform initial biomolecule detection experiments with already fabricated nanogap electrodes, and at the same time develop new types of nanogap electrode devices that are integrated with nanopores. The work will be done in collaboration with research groups at SciLifeLab in Stockholm with extensive expertise in biomolecule research. The nano-device manufacturing and characterization, which will be done in the state-of-the-art cleanrooms at KTH (Albanova Nanofab and Electrum Laboratory).

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.
  • The Division of Micro and Nanosystems is a leading research group in micro and nanotechnologies and as a PhD student you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of > 40 members with different professional and cultural backgrounds.


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.

The successful applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. degree in engineering physics, electrical engineering, biochemistry, materials science or a corresponding degree from a major university. A specialization in micro and nanosystems is an important asset.


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.

Excellent command of English orally and in writing is required as well as an excellent academic track record.

We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently.

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.
  • 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

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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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 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-2019-2134
  • Frank Niklaus, Professor, +46 76 216 73 49, frank@kth.se
  • Mikael Visén, HR Officer, rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 21.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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