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Project description

Third-cycle subject: Electrical engineering

The Micro and Nanosystems Lab invites applications for Ph.D. student positions. We are seeking applicants who have a desire to conduct cutting-edge research within the area of biomedical MEMS.

As a Ph.D. student in MEMS you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team that consists of members with different professional and cultural backgrounds.

One doctoral project aims to develop a minimally invasive probe to extract sap from plants over an extended period of time. The work includes developing the technical platform and evaluating it in relevant models and in plants. Another project aims at developing a point-of-care rapid test for monitoring lithium in patients with bipolar disorder. Both projects address several research challenges in miniaturization, microfluidics, and sensor technology. Your research will be application focused and address real issues. You will work in a very innovative environment in close collaboration with experts, in plant physiology and fuel cell technology, and chemical analysis and clinicians, respectively.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Asc. Prof. Niclas Roxhed

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),
  • 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 and MSc degree in Mechanical, Biomed, Chemical, Electrical Eng, Eng. Physics, or a corresponding degree from a major university.


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.
  • specialization in micro/nanoengineering is highly meritorious.
  • excellent command of English orally and in writing is required to publish in international journals.
  • outstanding academic track record.

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.


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/entral 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.
  • 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 employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
SalaryMonthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions2
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberJ-2021-2410
ContactMaria Sahlén, HR Officer, mariasah@kth.seNiclas Roxhed, Associate Professor, roxhed@kth.se
Last application date04.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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