School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

The project focuses on beam-forming techniques for modern antenna-array based radar systems. Different techniques, including machine-learning, will be investigated for advanced digital, analog and hybrid beam-forming concepts, and applied to generating arbitrary beam-shapes in multi-static and passive radar systems. The work is primarily to be done by using simulation and computation software. If a hardware platform will be available before the end of the project, an implementation of the techniques on that platform will be carried out. The project requires a background in electrical engineering, radar systems, electromagnetic simulations, basic signal processing techniques, and preferably also machine learning.

The work is carried out in the THz lab of the Micro and Nano Systems division at the Dept of Intelligent Systems at KTH School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The lab has measurement equipment, incl. a fully automated THz antenna measurement chamber, up to 750 GHz, and many custom-built microwave and THz measurement setups. The project is funded by a European Defence Fund project and carried out in tight collaboration with SAAB AB.

Third-cycle subject: Electrical Engineering 

Supervision: Prof. Joachim Oberhammer, with Dr Umer Shah as co-supervisor.

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.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Working in a world-leading research group on microwave and THz systems, including measurement facilities and an antenna chamber up to 750 GHz.

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 applicant must have passed, or being in the final phase of completing, a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree) in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, or equivalent.

Further requirements involves a fundamental understanding of radar systems, electromagnetic wave propagation, basic signal processing techniques. 

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 experience with electromagnetic simulation software such as CST Microwave Studio or HFSS,
  • present experience with scientific computation software such as Matlab,
  • present experience with radar technology and
  • present experience with signal processing including machine learning.

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.

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.
  • Electronic 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.
  • Link to final second-cycle thesis, for instance MSc thesis.
  • 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.

The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a possible security check.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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 Flexible, but preferably Sept 1, 2024
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-2024-0957
  • Prof. Joachim Oberhammer,
  • HR Viktor Söderlund,
Published 04.Apr.2024
Last application date 23.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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