PhD student in networking systems with focus on programmable networks

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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Phd candidate

Royal Institute of Technology,


KTH is one of Europe's leading technical universities and an important arena for knowledge development. As Sweden's largest university for technical research and education, we bring together students, researchers and faculty from all over the world. Our research and education covers both science and all branches of technology as well as architecture, industrial economics, social planning, history and philosophy.


project Description

Postgraduate education subject: Information and communication technology

Communication networks are crucial for human society. The most notable network - the Internet - offers a variety of services to its users and it is clear that it will become more pervasive in the near future. But the heterogeneous set of demands placed on emerging services poses a major challenge for the Internet community for two main reasons: i) Internet networks have for decades been extremely difficult to adapt to the new user cases and ii) Internet connection involves the forwarding of packages over several networks owned by completely independent organizations with possible contrasting goals.

The goal of this doctoral position is to explore the latest network paradigms and to build highly innovative programmable networks that better fit today's growing demands on the Internet. This task involves developing solutions for inter- and intra-domains that are consistent with the needs of the various network organizations, network providers, Internet application services and Cloud data centers and beyond. Examples include utilizing the emerging network programming abstractions (e.g., SDN, P4) and congestion systems to improve performance, security, robustness, and reliability in today's Internet-wide connection.

We offer

  • The opportunity to doctorate in a dynamic, international research environment in collaboration with industry and prominent universities around the world.
  • A mandatory individual study plan to support your development in your area of ‚Äč‚Äčinterest.
  • Lifelong network in the form of KTH's Alumni activities .
  • Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student agreement , KTH's employment benefits .
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe's fastest growing capitals, while also being close to nature and the sea.

Admission eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic qualifications:

  • graduated at the advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits, or
  • acquired in other ways in or outside the country, essentially equivalent knowledge.

You should also have: 

  • a strong background in distributed systems, networks, programming and operating systems
  • very good algorithmic and critical reasoning skills
  • strong motivation, willingness to experiment, and diagnose complex problems
  • excellent knowledge of English, both written and oral
  • the ability to develop into an independent researcher in accordance with the national learning objectives of a doctoral student. Merit is knowledge in C ++ and Linux / UNIX.


In order to succeed with your doctoral studies at KTH, you need to be goal oriented and persistent in your work. When selecting applicants, the ability to:

  • independently push their work forward,
  • be able to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze and work on complex issues.

Following the eligibility requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics and personal fitness.

Target exam: Doctorate

Information on admission and employment 

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as doctoral students. The total period of employment must not exceed the equivalent of full-time postgraduate education for four years. An employee doctoral student can perform to a limited extent (a maximum of 20%) certain tasks within eg. education and administration. A new position as a doctoral student applies for a maximum of one year, the position

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website .

Doctoral Student Section (Technical College Student Union)

You will find contact information for the PhD student section on the section's website .


You apply through KTH's recruitment system. As an applicant, you have the primary responsibility for your application being complete when it is submitted.

The application must be submitted to KTH no later than the last application date at midnight, CET / CEST (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time). 

The application must be submitted in English and must contain the following documents:

  • CV with relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief account of why you want to conduct research studies, about your academic interests and how they relate to your past studies and future goals. (Max 2 pages)
  • Graduation transcript, copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (eg dissertations), attach an abstract and a web link to the full text.


Gender equality, diversity and distance from all forms of discrimination are both a quality issue and an obvious part of KTH's core values.

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Stockholm , Sweden