Ph.D. Student Position in Automatic Control - Modeling and Control of Biochemical Networks Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Ph.D. Student Position in Automatic Control - Modeling and Control of Biochemical Networks


Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Systems Engineering


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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.


Become a part of world-leading research and education! The School of Electrical Engineering is one of ten schools at KTH. We conduct research and education in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology, Space, Fusion and Plasma Physics. The field of electrical and electronic engineering at KTH is internationally recognized and places high in international rankings. The school is responsible for bachelor and master programs in Electrical Engineering which are closely linked to our research fields. 450 people work together in an international environment in eight departments and in the Dean's office.


The research activities of the Department of Automatic Control are focused on system identification, control, machine learning and optimization of dynamical systems, with applications in autonomous systems, networked system, process control, robotics and secure systems. The personel has a multicultural background and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established and is involved in many European and national research centers and projects. Industrial partners include ABB Corporate Research, ABB Process Automation, BillerudKorsnäs, Ericsson Research, and Scania. We have a large academic network and collaborate with researchers at MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, TU Eindhoven, and Université de Lyon among others. Automation and Control at KTH was ranked 12 in the world in the latest ARWU Shanghai ranking.


Project description


The functions of living cells are created through interactions between genes, proteins and metabolites within complex dynamic networks. Together with researchers from biology and biotechnology, both in Sweden and internationally, we consider modeling of such networks from response data, using e.g., machine learning methods, as well as network optimization and control to achieve desired biological properties and behaviors. A recent focus is on optimization of mammalian cells used for production of biopharmaceuticals, where we are part of a newly established competence center on advanced bioproduction with members from both academia and industry. As a PhD student you will be working on theoretical aspects of modeling and control of biochemical networks as well as on applications in collaboration with our partners in biotechnology.


As part of your PhD studies, you will have the opportunity to visit other leading international research groups, participate in conferences and other activities that will extend your professional network and be of value for your continued career.  The PhD program in Electrical Engineering provides world class quality education, including a large list of graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills.




The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics or Computer Engineering, or equivalent. Some knowledge of biology is considered an asset, but is not a requirement.


The successful applicant should have an outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals.


Trade union representatives


You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage.




Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of the application period.


The application must include:

  1. CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.

  2. Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.

  3. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.

  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

  5. Letters of recommendation

  6. Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve us the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.




The employment is time limited following the regulations for Ph.D. employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 4.5 years when 90% PhD studies and 10% department service including teaching).


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 longer than 6 months

Contract type

Full time

First day of employment

According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible


Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement

Number of positions


Working hours

100 %




Stockholm County



Reference number



  • Elling W Jacobsen, Professor,,, +46 8 790 73 25

  • Mikael Visén, HR administrator ,,, +46 8 790 84 89



Last application date

15.Nov.2017 11:59 PM CET


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