School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

Robots will care for, wash, and handle people in hospitals. Car seats will touch a driver’s back, bottom and thighs as they drive to draw their attention to road conditions. These are some of the ways in which technology is predicted to touch us in the future. The goal of this PhD is to demonstrate what this touch should feel like.
This is an interdisciplinary PhD drawing on knowledge from Interaction Design and Mechatronics. The student will participate in the ERC-funded project “Intimate Touch: Developing Interaction Design Knowledge and Materials where Technology Touches the Body”. The applicant will work with hybrid and soft robotics to contribute to the design, development and evaluation of fully-fledged applications in the real world. Examples of potential application areas are diverse, spanning healthcare, through to the automobile industry. As part of the challenge the applicant will need to develop control systems that ensure responsive and dignified touch between humans and technology.

Third-cycle subject: Human Computer Interaction

Supervision: Associate Professor Madeline Balaam (Main) and Assistant Professor Georgios Andrikopoulos( second )

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, 
  • be creative and have an innovative way of thinking and
  • remain motivated and efficient despite setbacks or unexpected findings.

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 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 According to agreement
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-2022-2718
  • Associate Professor Madeline Balaam,
  • Lisa Olsson HR Officer,
Published 10.Nov.2022
Last application date 08.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET

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