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Doctoral student in robotics for fire risk assessment in rural environments

Published 2024-02-08

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Machine Design

The division of Mechatronics, KTH, announces a PhD position in robotics for fire risk estimation in rural environments. The department consists of around forty employees organized in several research groups working on topics connected to robotics, such as design, reliability and autonomy. We frequently work with research-related companies, and several examples of companies that have spun off from our research exists today.

One of our research groups works closely with the forest industry with a focus on robotics, sensor systems and artificial intelligence. In the spring of 2024, we will start a project funded by MSB with a focus on how autonomous and remote-controlled forest machines can improve the coarse-grained estimation of the risk of ignition of forest and grass fires that exist today. Those interested in applying should have an interdisciplinary background in robotics or mechatronics, and a keen interest in immersing themselves in a critical societal area.

Supervision: Associate Professor Fredrik Asplund 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

For this PhD position, experience, and in particular research-related experience, from relevant industries and domains, such as employment at robotics or sensor system manufacturers, experience from forestry and agricultural industry, etc., is advantageous.

It is also advantageous to have in-depth knowledge in mechanics, electronics, computer science and control theory, specifically also interdisciplinary combinations of these subjects, from e.g., courses at the master's level.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a security check.

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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