School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: 

Computation is nowadays often regarded as a third pillar for science, complementing theory and experiment, while new data analysis tools represent the fourth approach which lately has had tremendous impact on problems outside the reach of previous scientific techniques. Scientific challenges within computational sciences and data analysis are often formulated with linear algebra, where solutions are obtained via algorithms from numerical linear algebra. In this project, you will work with numerical algorithms for data analysis using numerical linear algebra. The techniques include algorithms within numerical linear algebra, such as matrix problems and matrix functions, and can include techniques from machine learning, such as neural networks with deep learning, as well as domain-specific techniques. As a doctoral student within this project, you will be a part of the research group for computational mathematics at the mathematics department at KTH, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts in applied mathematics. There are also opportunities to work with data and problems from oceanography through collaboration with colleagues at Stockholm University. Hence, you will also have the opportunity to work with data related to societal important issues, such as climate and environment. The research within this area encompasses development of software, algorithms, theory and analysis to address important problems within oceanography.

Supervision: Professor Elias Jarlebring is 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.
  • Access to platforms for science with possibilities to interact with world-leading researchers in nearby fields, e.g., through the e-Science network, SeRC Swedish e-Science research center, Brummer & Partner MathDataLab
  • Access to experts in programming and software for scientific computation, eg., in within the programming language Julia.

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
  • The masters degree should be within the field of scientific computation, applied mathematics or nearby disciplines.

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.
  • International experience at different universities, e.g., exchange student studies, teaching at other universities, or research projects at other different universities will be seen as positive.

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.

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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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
Employment expires 2028-12-31
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 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2023-1592
  • Elias Jarlebring,
Published 05.Oct.2023
Last application date 26.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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