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

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology

The focus of the project is the development of a process for large-scale production of human mesenchymal stem cells in view of therapy. The project will be carried out at KTH in Chotteau’s group, Cell Technology group, CETEG, leader in high cell density perfusion for the production of biologics, within AdBIOPRO and in collaboration with the company Cellcolabs, based in Stockholm. AdBIOPRO, Competence Centre for Advanced BioProduction by Continuous Processing, is an interactive Competence Center with high focus on multidisciplinary collaboration within academia and industry.

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

What we offer

  • Chotteau’s group is Head of CETEG at Dept. Industrial Biotechnology and has a long experience of developing biologics bioprocesses for human therapy, and is leader in high cell density perfusion for the production of biopharmaceuticals. CETEG focusses on the process development for protein drugs such as antibodies, viral vectors and cells, including perfusion process at very high cell density of mammalian/human cells and development of dynamic metabolism models. Chotteau is the Director of AdBIOPRO and partners of several other Centres.
  • 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.

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
  • The applicant should have a master in biotechnology with orientation towards bioprocess technology, or equivalent.

  • The candidate should be driven by a genuine interest in research including practical and theoretical aspects. Knowledge and experience of mammalian/human cell culture bioprocess are advantageous, in particular involving mesenchymal stem cells.

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,
  • practical technical skill
  • aptitude to apply theoretical skill in practice
  • flexibility
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • good written and oral communication skills

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. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

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/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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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 Enligt överenskommelse
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-2023-0934
  • Veronique Chotteau, +4687909628
Published 11.May.2023
Last application date 31.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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