School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Computer Science

We look for a PhD student to work on multi-agent planning with applications to underwater and space robotics. These two environments share the common feature of unconventional gravity conditions with respect to traditional ground and aerial robots. Underwater environments induce buoyance, while space induces zero gravity. We call this common feature weightlessness.

The project will focus on two main topics: First, defining new notions of safety and robustness specific to weightless environments, using semantically rich specifications, such as parametrized temporal logics. Second, designing safe and robust planning algorithms enables new ways to explore and understand these environments.

Supervision: Associate Professor Jana Tumova is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

The position is in the division of Robotics, Perception and Learning (RPL). The position is part of and funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), the largest individual research program in Sweden. In particular, the student will work on a new ambitious WASP NEST project DISCOWER: Distributed Control in Weightless Environments.

What we offer

Admission requirements

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 second-cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


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, and
  • program software. 

Experience in topics related to robotics, planning algorithms, and/or formal methods is merit. Being open and enthusiastic to learn about them is a must.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral students. 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

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

You will find contact information for the 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/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)
  • 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. Copies of originals must be certified.
  • 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 In agreement with supervisor
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 J-2022-1077
  • Jana Tumova, Associate Prof.,
  • Sarah Kullgren, HR,
Published 12.May.2022
Last application date 15.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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