School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

Brain-inspired computing (also known as neuromorphic computing) combines theory from computer science, hardware engineering, and neuroscience in order to create specialized circuits that specialize in mimicking the fantastic computational properties of the human (and animal) central nervous systems. The aspiration is that by mapping computations to such systems, we can both solve problems faster and more power-efficient than with traditional von-Neumann computers. Application areas for neuromorphic systems include brain simulations, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and optimization problem-solving.

We are seeking a Ph.D. student that will work on a project that focuses on creating brain-inspired systems and applications on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The Ph.D. student will work with several aspects of brain-inspired systems, including their design, benchmarking, and evaluating them. The Ph.D. student will also explore emerging technology (e.g., 3D stackable memory) as well as novel applications (e.g., BCPNN) in order to quantify the performance improvements and power consumption benefits of future brain-inspired systems. The student is expected to disseminate research results in top-tier international journals and conferences. In addition, the Ph.D. student will actively participate in department and group activities (such as seminars, courses, and conferences) as well as participate in teaching.

Third-cycle subject: Information and Communication Technology

Supervision: Associate Professor Artur Podobas

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.
  • Exciting work in a growing team at the KTH School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with opportunities for international collaborations, as well as work with state-of-the-art systems within an important and growing research area. For more information

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, 
  • analyse and work with complex issues, 
  • present strong skills in the languages C/C++ and VHDL/Verilog and
  • present excellent knowledge in both oral and written English since its required in the daily work. 

The ideal candidate has a master in computer science or electronics. The candidate has good knowledge of and documented experience in (one or more) of the following scientific areas: High-Level Synthesis (HLS), compilers, and reconfigurable hardware (FPGAs/CGRAs.

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

Contact information KTH's website.

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

Contact information section's website.

To apply for the position

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.

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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 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-2023-1517
  • Associate Professor Artur Podobas,
  • Lisa Olsson HR officer,
Published 08.Jun.2023
Last application date 31.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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