PhD Student in Micro and Nanotechnology Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Systems Engineering

PhD student in micro and nanotechnology


Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Systems Engineering


KTH is one of Europe's leading technical universities and an important arena for knowledge development. As Sweden's largest university of technical research and education, we gather students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers both natural sciences and all branches of technology as well as architecture, industrial economics, social planning, technical history and philosophy.


The Department of Micro and Nanosystems at KTH is one of the leading research groups in Europe. It consists of over 40 researchers and doctoral students. The research includes both applied and more basic work with MEMS. A large part of the research is carried out in close cooperation with Swedish and European industry. The research in micro and nanoelectro mechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) deals with components and systems with dimensions in micrometers and nanometers, and the technologies used to manufacture them. The accelerometers and gyron that enable motion control in game consoles and smartphones are well-known examples of MEMS and NEMS components.


project Description


The Department of Micro and Nanosystem at KTH announces up to two doctoral services. We are looking for graduates who wish to pursue excellence in the field of medical technology MEMS. Within specific projects, your task is to develop next-generation MEMS with significantly improved or brand new features.


As a PhD student within MEMS you will be part of a multidisciplinary research group consisting of members with different professional and cultural backgrounds. All projects involve both theoretical and experimental tasks as well as collaboration with other scientific disciplines. Part of the experimental work will be conducted in KTH's cleanroom in Stockholm-Kista. The projects involve several doctoral students at the department and are led by at least two senior researchers. The projects are usually conducted in close cooperation with industrial partners or other European universities. Examples of open doctoral services in specific projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Technical MEMS for advanced drug delivery and sampling : This project includes several research challenges in minimal invasive technology and microfabrication, and includes design, simulation, manufacturing, testing / refinement, and biocompatibility issues. Your research will be application-focused and address real clinical needs. You will work in a very innovative environment in close collaboration with clinical and / or industrial partners.


The doctoral student program in Electrical and Systems Engineering offers world-class education, with postgraduate courses that ensure the deep development of relevant knowledge and skills.


KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous salary and other employment benefits. As a PhD student at KTH you have the opportunity to attend international conferences, projects and other relevant activities that can extend your professional network and benefit your future career.




Applicants must hold or soon hold a Master's degree or a Master of Science degree from a major university in Technical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanics, Electrical Engineering, or the equivalent. Specialization in micro and nanotechnology as well as experience from preclinical testing are meritorious.


The applicant needs an excellent academic qualification, well-developed analytical skills, as well as skills in problem solving. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who can work independently. Good knowledge of English in spelling and writing is necessary to publish and present research results in international conferences and journals.


Union representatives


You will find contact information for union representatives on the KTH website . 



You apply through KTH's recruitment tool. You as the applicant have the primary responsibility for your application being complete when it is submitted. Your complete application must be KTH at the latest by the closing date for the application period.


The application must contain the following:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.

  2. Copies of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations to English or Swedish about original documents are not issued in one of these languages.  

  3. Brief explanation of why you want to conduct research studies, about your academic interests and how they relate to your past studies and future goals; max 2 pages long.

  4. Representative publications or technical reports (documents no more than 10 pages each). For longer documents (eg dissertations), attach a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

  5. Contact information for two reference persons. 



The employment is time-limited according to the regulations for doctoral employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~ 5 years at 80% research and 20% institutional service which also involves teaching).


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Type of employment

Fixed-term employment longer than 6 months

Extent of employment



By agreement, preferably as soon as possible


Monthly salary according to KTH's agreement for doctoral salaries

Number of vacancies


employment rate





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  • Göran Stemme, professor,, + 46 (0) 8 790 63 21

  • Niclas Roxhed, Senior Lecturer,, +46 (0) 8 790 9141

  • Mikael Visén, Human Resources Manager,, +46 (0) 8 790 84 89



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