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Funded Postdoc position; in Biomolecular Fluorescence Spectroscopy/Imaging; KTH Royal Institute of Technology; in Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and ‘Open entrance’, as well as a number of international masters programmes

Job description

The research performed at the group of Experimental Biomolecular Physics is directed towards the interdisciplinary field between physics, biology and medicine. The activities are primarily focussed on ultrasensitive and ultrahigh resolution fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging, where the possibility to detect, identify and characterize biomolecules and biomolecular interactions down to a single molecule level opens exciting perspectives in diagnostics, screening methodologies, and for fundamental dynamic and conformational studies of biomolecules.

We now look for a PhD student, to be engaged in a recently initiated project, with the aim to follow microscopic environmental parameters via the blinking properties of fluorescent molecules. The final goal is to develop the methodology for molecular and cellular characterization and biomedical diagnostics. This project is interdisciplinary, covers both experimental work and modelling/calculations, and is carried out in cooperation with research groups at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University. The PhD position will be located at Albanova University Center in Stockholm, in close proximity to the main KTH campus area, and the campus areas of Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

The employment is four years, with a possibility of maximum up to five years if 20 percent department duties are included in the employment.


A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or other similar education, with a specialization in biomedical physics, optics, photonics or laser physics. In addition to the traditional academic merits, programming skills and a relevant degree project and practical experience from fluorescence spectroscopy/imaging are regarded as advantageous qualifications. So is also international experience, as well as English and Swedish language skills.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, have a strong interest in physics and its applications within the biomedical field. They should possess the ability to work independently, to grasp new questions addressed and to perform critical analyses. For the PhD position it is important to have very good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities, also with researchers outside of the own area of research.

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Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application must contain the following documents in PDF format.

  • Statement of professional interest
  • CV
  • Transcripts from university/university college
  • Example of technical writing, e.g., thesis, essay, course report or scientific paper


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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH’s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2017-1057

Jerker Widengren, Professor, +46 73 270 3768,

Published: 2017-06-15


Deadline: August 31, 2017

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