School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Human-Computer Interaction

Inclusive Digital Learning, a research environment funded by the Swedish Research Council, is looking for a PhD candidate.

The primary objective of the projects within this research environment is to investigate the impact of digitalization within educational settings, specifically examining its effects on learning and inclusion in group work for two specific demographics: pupils with concentration difficulties (for example due to ADHD) and pupils with visual impairment. The overarching aim is to scrutinize the prevailing conditions for these pupils concerning the influence of digitalization in schools. Additionally, the research seeks to explore whether the integration of multisensory interfaces alongside an inclusive pedagogical approach can enhance the capacity for these pupils to concentrate and to attain the educational objectives outlined in the school curriculum. The doctoral student is expected to engage in interview and observation studies in school settings and in development and evaluation of multisensory learning applications with pupils from the two demographics in this project.

This interdisciplinary project engages researchers from diverse fields including human-computer interaction, informatics, computer science, digitalization of the public sector, design sciences, disability studies, and pedagogy. The knowledge garnered from the research will be implemented within educational contexts through close collaboration with teacher education programs at Södertörn University, KTH, and Örebro University. The doctoral student will work at KTH in collaboration with Örebro University and Södertörn University with access to their facilities and technology.

Supervision: Prof. Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Pysander (KTH), co-supervisor, Ph.D. Jonas Moll (Örebro University), and co-supervisor, Ph.D. Pernilla Josefsson (Södertörn University).

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.

In order to be admitted to a graduate education in the subject of Human-Computer Interaction, the applicant must have approved courses of at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level in the subject of Human-Computer Interaction or other subjects deemed to be directly relevant. These requirements are also considered fulfilled by those who acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in another ways.


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,
  • demonstrate good communication skills, Swedish language proficiency both spoken and written is a requirement and
  • show evidence of programming skills.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. Research experience, experience in conducting user studies and of academic writing is meritorious. Also, skills in programming multisensory interfaces and in particular haptic force feedback systems is meritorious. Pedagogical and didactic knowledge or experience is meritorious as well as knowledge of, or experience with disability.

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

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

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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.
  • 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.

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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 but not later than October 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-2024-1137
  • Prof. Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Pysander,
  • HR Viktor Söderlund,
Published 02.May.2024
Last application date 31.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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