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Doctoral student (licentiate) in autonomous public transport

Publicerad 2022-11-28

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

Third-cycle subject: Transport science

We are looking for a PhD student who is interested in further developing current traffic models to enable analysis of future automated traffic systems. The introduction of self-driving vehicles is gradual.  Whether the infrastructure is ready to safely and efficiently "manage" the transition period where vehicles with different levels of automation and capabilities will share the road space with conventional vehicles and active traffic modes is still unclear. Automated vehicles may also give rise to new shared mobility services that can also contribute to a more efficient transport system, but the conditions for achieving these effects are still unknown. The project will further develop simulation models that can answer these questions, and investigate how automated and conventional transport modes can be combined and integrated to create an efficient and robust transport system.

Supervision: Erik Jenelius, Associate Professor is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

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, 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.

Applicants should have a master's degree (or equivalent) in an area that is relevant to research, such as computer science, transport science, engineering physics, sustainable urban planning and design. Knowledge and skills in programming (C++, Python, git) and database management is required. Knowledge in traffic planning, transport modelling, big data, machine learning is meritable.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

The project is funded by the Swedish National Transport Administration. The post may involve security-sensitive tasks. To be eligible to work on the project, you will therefore need to pass a security clearance with the Swedish Security Service.

Target degree:  Licentiate

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.



Anställningsform: visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader | Anställningens omfattning: heltid | Antal lediga befattningar: 1 | Sysselsättningsgrad: 100% | Ort: Stockholm | Län: Stockholms län | Land: Sweden | Referensnummer: A-2022-2766 | Kontakt: Erik Jenelius, avdelningschef, | Publicerat: 2022-11-10 | Sista ansökningsdag: 2022-12-01

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