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Doctoral student in Information and Communications Technology

Publicerad 2022-01-18

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Doctoral students in in-circuit computation in memristors for a model of Cortex.

The PhD candidate will map a biologically plausible model of cortex to a memristor crossbar. Part of the calculations of the model will be mapped in the crossbar using analog computations to fuse storage and computation to fundamentally overcome the von-Neumann bottleneck. The key challenges that the PhD will address will be memristor device modelling, factoring in large space-time variations in memristor devices, full-custom circuit level design and mixed-signal design.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Prof. Ahmed Hemani

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

The applicant should have a master’s degree in Electronics Engineering.  The applicant should have a strong background in circuit-level design, SPICE modelling of devices and circuits and mixed-signal design and basic digital design. The position also requires familiarity with tools like Virtuoso and mixed-signal modelling tools. Familiarity with the memristive devices, neural network algorithms, signal processing will be highly desirable.

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:

  • Independently pursue his or her work and be a team player
  • Creative, problem solving and penchant for doing high-impact foundational research
  • Work in a disciplined manner with good time management skills
  • Analyse and work with complex issues and ability and desire to acquire new knowledge
  • Ability to write, present and discuss scientific work with clarity and precision in English

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.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.

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.



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