Doctoral student (licentiate) in Transport Science

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Transport Science with specialization in Transport Systems

The way people and goods move around cities is changing dramatically due to new business models (e.g., e-commerce companies) and new technologies (wireless communication, automation). Sidewalk robots are a promising solution for last-mile delivery services and, at the same time, offer the opportunity to understand the mobility conditions of pedestrian infrastructure better. The Department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH is looking for an excellent candidate who will be crucial in improving last-mile delivery and pedestrian mobility.

The project is  “Investigating Sidewalks’ Mobility and Improving it with Robots” within Digital Futures, and in collaboration with Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL). The project aims to understand sidewalk robot delivery in realistic scenarios.  It will explore pedestrian and sidewalk mobility from a new angle focusing on routing problems and walkability measures. The candidate will adopt ML techniques and other quantitative methods to analyze sidewalk mobility and design innovative routing strategies.

Supervision: Michele Simoni is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

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.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Our department offers an interdisciplinary, dynamic and creative research environment. We use computational intensive methods to study and simulate the city and the region for a sustainable urban development. We collaborate nationally and internationally with several actors.

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, 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:


  • Documented experience and proficiency with Machine Learning and/or Optimization (e.g., coursework, projects)
  • A MSc. degree in Engineering
  • Programming skills
  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • communication skills and language skills in spoken and written English when required in daily work.

Highly desirable:

  • Experience with data analysis and visualization
  • Interest for cross-disciplinary topics involving Transport Operations and Urban Data Science
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and interest in the startup environment

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Licentiate 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

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.


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/entral 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

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.

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.


  • Michele Simoni, Assisant Professor, +46737652064,
  • Sofia Kroné Karlsson, HR-handläggare, +4687909420