School of Architecture and Built Environment at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Transport Science

In order for Sweden to achieve its transport policy sustainability goals, a large number of different solutions are required, where competitive public transport is a fundamental component. An efficient line network is important for two reasons: firstly from a socio-economic point of view, as savings in the form of faster journey times mean profits for the individual, and secondly from an economic point of view in the form of savings for authorities. In practice, the development of line networks takes place with a qualitative, artisanal know-how. At the same time, digital developments have enabled new tools to understand passenger movements (e.g., data from digital ticketing systems) and more computing power to perform complex calculations, creating the potential to use algorithms to create more efficient line networks.

We are now looking for a PhD student who, in collaboration with Region Stockholm and Nobina Sweden, wants to contribute to the development of practically useful algorithms and processes for designing line networks for public transport. The research is intended to include knowledge gathering through literature search and dialogue, further development of algorithms and investigation of new data sources, development of tools for communication of results, and investigation of potential for commercialization.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be part of the Division of Transport Planning at KTH. Erik Jenelius is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

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:

  • perform optimization, simulation, network science, behavioral modeling, econometrics, computer science, data analytics or similar modelling tasks, preferably with experience in transport modelling, as demonstrated by past experience
  • design processes and tools for communication and dialogue
  • further develop your modelling and analytical skills
  • communicate proficiently in English, as it's required in the daily work
  • experience in scientific writing is a plus
  • contribute to a stimulating research environment and interactions with project partners and stakeholders
  • exercise a healthy dose of autonomy, creativeness, and genuine curiosity.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Licentiate 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.

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 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 A-2023-2033
  • Professor Erik Jenelius,
Published 07.Sep.2023
Last application date 06.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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