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Doctoral student position in molecular biophysics at KTH, Sweden 2022


Doctoral student position in molecular biophysics is available for master’s degree candidates in biophysics at the School of Engineering Sciences, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

School of Engineering Sciences

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),
  • 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 applicant must have a second cycle degree in physics, chemistry or related subject, with a strong academic track record.

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.
  • The work requires experience of biological systems and theoretical methods to study them.
  • Experience from programming and simulation methods is a merit, as is knowledge of statistics and statistical mechanics.
  • The work requires a very good command of English, and an ability to work as part of a large mixed international research team.

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


Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek a doctoral student to develop computational methods to study structure and function of proteins, in particular membrane proteins. The division of biophysics at Science for Life Laboratory is internationally leading in developing techniques both for molecular dynamics simulation of proteins and reconstruction of their structure using cryo-electron microscopy. This project aims to develop new data-drive methods using machine learning to model structure and dynamics of proteins, e.g. to describe motion between states and predict molecular interactions. The research comprises both new simulation methods and techniques to e.g. combine models with low-resolution experimental data from cryo-EM or neutron scattering.

Supervision: Professor Erik Lindahl is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: S-2022-0744

Application Procedure

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.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details


  • 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.
  • Research in a cross-disciplinary internationally leading group at Science for Life Laboratory with participation in several strategic research areas and a strong EU network.

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

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