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Apply by: 2024-08-06

Doctoral student in Real-Time Systems

Published 2024-06-17

Project description

Embedded systems are at the heart of the ongoing digitalisation that transforms all areas of society. Consequently, their complexity is steadily rising. Many of these systems are safety-critical by nature and subject to various timing constraints that need to be met at runtime, requiring formal evidence of correctness. One important type of timing constraint is the end-to-end latency constraint, which describes the time it can take for data to propagate through a chain of communicating tasks.

The research project in which the PhD student will work aims to develop design and formal timing analysis techniques for real-time applications that are subject to different end-to-end latency constraints. The end-to-end latency is influenced by the application's workload, the implemented communication paradigm and the scheduling algorithm. Of particular interest are applications that are comprised of several, possibly interconnected, task chains. The project will develop design and analysis techniques for such applications that can already be used early in the design process. This can, for example, be a transformation of task properties such that end-to-end latency constraints are always met. The project will also demonstrate that the resulting systems can be efficiently scheduled at runtime.

Third-cycle subject: Information and Communication Technology

Supervision: Assistant Professor Matthias Becker with Co-Supervisor Professor Ingo Sander

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.


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.

The candidate should be  highly motivated, with the goal of conducting excellent and internationally recognised research.

The candidate should have a computer science or embedded systems background and a genuine interest in theoretical research involving (any of the following): scheduling algorithms, real-time systems, performance modelling, design space exploration.

The candidate should have excellent study results, a good command of English, both spoken and written since its important for the every day work. The candidate shall also present good communication and documentation skills.

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. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

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To apply for the position

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/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • 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

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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.



About KTH

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