Sweden : Openings for Ph.D. Students at the Automatic Control Laboratory, KTH

KTH is the largest technical university in Sweden. Education and research cover a broad spectrum within natural sciences and engineering, as well as architecture, industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental engineering. There are circa 13,300 full-year undergraduate students, 1,500 postgraduate students and 3,900 employees.
The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the fields of electrical engineering, systems engineering, information and communications theory, space and fusion plasma physics, and electrical power engineering. 300 people work in this creative and dynamic environment, out of which half are Ph.D. students, many from other countries. Our research projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry partners as well as with research colleagues from Sweden and other countries. The school is responsible for educating civil engineers in electrical engineering and five masters programs which are in great demand and which have a close connection to our main fields.
The Automatic Control Lab at KTH conducts research in networked control systems, control of communication systems, systems biology and system identification. We perform fundamental research and engage in industrial projects with partners such as ABB, Scania, GM, Ericsson, and Honeywell. Much of the research is conducted within the Linnaeus Centre ACCESS, Sweden’s largest research effort in networked systems, and in EU-projects in collaboration with top universities in Europe and USA. We have a large international academic network and collaborate regularly with UC Berkeley, Caltech, ETH, and Stanford among others.
We are looking for Ph.D. students within the area of
Identification of Complex, Structured and Networked Systems:
It is increasingly common that engineering systems are built from components that are interconnected in complex networks. Examples are found in the vehicle and IT industry, in energy and material distribution, and in industrial process control. This project concerns development of systematic modeling techniques for large-scale complex networks. You will for example work with system identification and/or model reduction of complex networked systems. The models are to be used for control, fault detection, or system design.
We are also partner in the new EU project AUTOPROFIT (Advanced Autonomous Model-Based Operation of Industrial Process Systems) where the objective is to develop methodologies which decrease the modeling cost and provide efficient model maintenance in process control applications. The project has Eindhoven University, Delft Technical University, RWTH Aachen, and KTH as academic partners, and Boliden (Sweden), ABB (Sweden) and SASOL (South Africa) as industrial partners. Here we will develop a system identification framework for model predictive control.
We are looking for students with a solid interest in mathematical modeling, control theory, and optimization.
Qualifications of Candidates
We seek highly motivated individuals holding an MSc degree in electrical engineering, engineering physics, computer science or similar. The candidates should have excellent grades and very good skills in oral and written communication. They should be ready to contribute to a scientific research area of major importance for Swedish industry and society in general. The positions include up to twenty percent teaching at undergraduate level.
To address its varied work, KTH aims to employ a diversity of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the variety of the University, especially as concerns its gender structure.
The PhD positions are intended for you who will pursue your own doctoral studies. The position will include about 80% research and 20% teaching assistance. The salary is based on the existing employment agreement for PhD position at the School of Electrical Engineering.
The application, with curriculum vitae, final grades, and a short description of future professional objectives should be either electronically submitted to
in one single pdf-file or a hardcopy should be sent to
School of Electrical Engineering
Attn: Liselott Sandahl
Osquldas väg 10
Latest date for submission of application: 2010-06-15
Quote the following reference number: E-2010-0142

For more information about the position, please contact:
Professor HÃ¥kan Hjalmarsson
Professor Bo Wahlberg
More information about the Automatic Control Laboratory can be found at
Trade union representative

Rikard Lingström, SACO
Phone: +46 8 790 8292
Application Deadline : 15 June 2010

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