School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

The Division of Micro and Nanosystems at the KTH School of Electrical Engineering invites applications for two Ph.D. student positions. We are seeking applicants who have a desire to conduct cutting-edge research within the areas of photonic MEMS and/or nanoscale and NEMS relays for logic/electronic applications. In our collaborative project with international partners from the EU, your task will be to develop next-generation MEMS/NEMS devices with dramatically improved, or entirely novel functionalities. As a Ph.D. student in MEMS and NEMS you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team that consists of members with different professional and cultural backgrounds. All projects involve both theoretical and experimental tasks as well as cooperation with other scientific disciplines. Experimental work will be conducted in the KTH micro and nano fabrication cleanroom in Stockholm-Kista and the KTH laser lab. The projects engage several fellow Ph.D. students at MST and are supervised by at least two senior researchers. The projects are conducted in close cooperation with high-profile industrial partners and European universities.

The Division of Micro and Nanosystems (MST) is conducting research in the area of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS / NEMS) and deals with devices that have dimensions in the micro and nanoscale, and on the technologies to fabricate such devices. The department is among the leading research groups in Europe and consists of more than 40 researchers and students. Research at MST includes both applied and fundamental studies of MEMS and NEMS devices, and is done in close collaboration with Swedish and European industries. Application areas include: Communications, sensing, biomedicine, environmental monitoring, and the automotive applications. For more information see

Third-cycle subject: Electrical engineering

Supervision: Prof. Frank Niklaus.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • 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.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • The Department 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.

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.

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

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 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

Contact information KTH's website.

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

Contact information 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:

  • 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

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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

We firmly decline all contact with staffing, recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2022-2125
  • Professor Frank Niklaus,
  • Lisa Olsson HR Officer,
Published 08.Sep.2022
Last application date 30.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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