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PhD Position – Computer Engineering, Algorithms, Architectures for High-Performance ML

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School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm invites applications for the PhD position (Doctoral Student) to develop the principles behind the next generation of computing systems.

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General Info

Position: Doctoral
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 1, 2021(GMT +1)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Qualification Details

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),
  • 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:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

We are looking for candidates with strong knowledge in applied mathematics and computer science. Experience from algorithm development for machine learning is desired. You need a strong academic track record, be analytical and independent, and have a passion for research and problem-solving.

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

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Responsibilities/Job Description

Third-cycle subject: Electrical Engineering

This research project aims at developing the principles behind the next generation of computing systems optimized for modern data-intensive workloads. We believe that these systems will make a disruptive departure from the classic Von Neumann architecture, with its decoupling of memory and computing, and embrace the principle of processing-near-memory. Put simply, data will no longer be shuffled between congested computing units for processing, but computing will be carried out where the data resides, effectively short-cutting the main limitations of current hardware systems. In this Ph.D. project, we will explore how ML algorithms and computer architectures can be enhanced and radically re-designed for unprecedented efficiency and scalability.

The Ph.D. position is part of a WASP “Twinning project”. This particular position is hosted by Prof. Mikael Johansson’s research group at KTH, and a complementary position is hosted by Prof. Per Stenström’s computer architecture group at Chalmers University. Together, the two Ph.D. students will take a holistic view of algorithm-architecture co-design and explore radically new computing architectures and algorithms, optimized for ML.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by Professor Mikael Johansson

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: J-2021-2027
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

About the Employer: KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Other details

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.

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