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Doctoral student (licentiate)in method development for railway capacity analysis – KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, 2022


Doctoral student (licentiate)in method development for railway capacity analysis at School of Architecture and Built Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, 2022

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General Info

Deadline to Apply: Expired
Position: Doctoral student
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years

School of Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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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), 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:

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

You should be analytical and have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant for the research, e.g. transport science. Knowledge of railway traffic, programming, and MATLAB is a merit. It is also a merit with proficiency in spoken and written Swedish.

The project uses infrastructure data that is security-classified. In order to be authorized to work on the project, you therefore need to pass a security check with the Swedish Security Service.

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

Research and education in planning of railway systems is conducted at the Division of Transport Planning. The aim is to improve the conditions for the railway and the competitiveness of freight and passenger rail transport to contribute to a sustainable development of the society. We are looking for a doctoral student who is interested in improving and further developing mathematical methods for capacity analysis.

Capacity analysis aims to estimate the amount of rail traffic that can be operated on a given infrastructure, and analyse possible improvements of the capacity. Different methods to analyse the capacity exists, but a common method used in Sweden today is timetable compression. This method has some deficiencies, which the previous research project KAIN has addressed. The follow-up project KAIN 2, funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, is ongoing and continues with the method improvement and development that started in KAIN. This doctoral project is a part of KAIN 2 and as a doctoral student you will work with continued method development, e.g. to analyse stations and handle single-track lines, as well as using the method to analyse the capacity utilisation of the Swedish railway network.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: A-2022-1344

Application Procedure

  • 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.

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About the Employer: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Note or Other details

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.

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