School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology

We are looking for a PhD student to develop and apply antibody-based, multiplexed imaging tools to build high-dimensional protein maps of human tissues. The project focuses specifically on molecular and spatial analyses of human samples and tissues to identify pathophysiological mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease. This position includes work e.g. with tissue sample preparation and sectioning, antibody-based assays, highly-multiplexed microscopy, computational image analysis and statistics.

In this project you will learn, combine and apply cutting-edge tools in proteomics and spatial omics to contribute to the development of biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases. You will collaborate with other research groups that develop complementary spatial omics methods (in situ sequencing, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics), and machine learning approaches to model spatial multi-omics data.

The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally, we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. The placement for this PhD position will be at Science for Life Laboratory (, a national centre for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research.

Supervision: Prof. Emma Lundberg (KTH & Stanford Univ.) and Dr. Burcu Ayoglu (KTH) are proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

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.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • A PhD student position giving you a unique opportunity to launch a career in the emerging field of spatial omics in an inter-disciplinary research setting.

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

    A suitable background for this position would be a Master's degree e.g. in Biomedicine, Molecular Life Sciences, Neurobiology or similar.

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
  • excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) since this is required for the studies.

    Previous laboratory experience with the techniques listed under Project Description, especially immunofluorescence microscopy, are meriting, as well as programming skills. A relevant degree project experience e.g. in neuroscience, omics, immunology or similar is a particularly advantageous qualification.

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

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.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 C-2022-2442
  • Emma Käller Lundberg,
  • Burcu Ayoglu,
Published 10.Nov.2022
Last application date 12.Dec.2022 11:59 PM CET

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