KTH, School of Architecture and Built Environment

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Planning and decision analysis with a focus on urban and regional studies

We are looking for a doctoral student for a licentiate in urban and regional studies. The work includes working in research projects in the Safety and Security Research Group (STF) with remote sensing data, GIS and statistical analyses.

In the project, we want to understand how remote data analysis sheds light on the relationships between urban environments and levels and patterns for specific crimes. We examine, with qualitative and quantitative analysis, the relationship between the characteristics of the built environment extracted from remote analysis and conventional data (factors that also affect levels and the geography of crime). Practitioners will be involved in the project, good communication skills is important.

The work is carried out in close collaboration with the project manager and partners in Geoinformatics and Geography, and requires the ability to work independently.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by:Prof Vania Ceccato and Dr Andrea Nascetti.

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.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.


We are looking for a candidate with good knowledge in GIS and remote sensing technologies. You must have experience using Excel and SPSS. Experience of data analysis using algorithms that use machine learning and experience of modern cloud-based process platforms (such as Google Earth Engine) If you have experience with ESA DIAS, it is an advantage. For the position, it is important to show a broader interest in societal issues and merit to have worked with the application of remote sensing data in Sweden. English language skills in speach and writing are a requirement for the position.

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

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

Target degree: Licentiat

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

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)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is 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 1 april 2021
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2021-0180
  • Vania Ceccato, professor , vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se
Published 11.Feb.2021
Last application date 18.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET

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