Doctoral student in Sonic Interaction Design

Project description

The project you will work in is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is titled “Personalising sonic interactions”. Today’s digital objects and processes produce information that is often invisible to the user, and sound can play a major role in making this information perceivable. In this context, our individual preferences in sound and music can affect the way we experience designed sonic interactions.

Based on our research on sound computing, sound design, and sonic interaction design, we will develop a systematic, evidence-based, approach to sonic interactions that takes advantage of personal sound preferences.

Your task, together with the team, will be to design, prototype, and develop sonic personalization design tools and use them to create three different sonic interaction designs deployed and studied in the domain of sustainable consumption.

The project benefits from a collaboration with two leading international scholars: Dr Nicolas Misdariis, IRCAM, Paris, and Prof Salomé Voegelin, University of the Arts London. You will be working at the Division of Media Technology and Interaction design (MID).

Third-cycle subject: Media Technology

Supervision: Associate Professor Sandra Pauletto

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Strong connections (regionally and internationally) with leading institutions in sound and music computing through Pauletto’s other research projects, Sound for Energy and the EU MSCA DN Lullabyte, as well as networks such as NAVET and NordicSMC.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.

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

The candidate must hold a Master degree in one of the following areas: music technology, audio technology, sound computing, sound design, computer music, informatics with strong music and sound skills or media technology with strong music and sound skills or equivalent.

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,
  • analyse and work with complex issues and
  • proven knowledge from studies/education/professional experience in sound computing and sonic interaction design.

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.

Union representatives

Contact information KTH’s website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information 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/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include:

  • 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.

  • Type of employment – Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Contract type – Full time
  • First day of employment – According to agreement
  • Salary – Monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement
  • Number of positions – 1
  • Full-time equivalent100%
  • City – Stockholm
  • County – Stockholms län
  • Country – Sweden
  • Reference number – J-2022-2924
  • Associate Professor Sandra Pauletto,
  • Lisa Olsson HR Officer,