Doctoral student in light-controllable fluorescent proteins in microscopy


Application deadline

April 15, 2024

Doctoral student in light-controllable fluorescent proteins in microscopy

School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Biological Physics 

We are looking for a motivated student interested in biophysics and live-cell imaging to join the Advanced Optical Bio-Imaging Laboratory ( in Stockholm as a PhD student. The student will be part of the Biophysics Unit of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, located in SciLifeLab in Stockholm, a national hub for life-science excellence in Sweden with cutting-edge laboratories and a vibrant multidisciplinary environment. 
The student will investigate the properties of fluorescent probes and how we can use them to develop advanced imaging strategies for the study of cellular processes. The project will focus on the development of different spectroscopic and imaging assays to study the kinetics of photo-controllable fluorescent molecules. Experimental work on optical devices, in the wet lab and on image analysis will be integral parts of the project.

Supervision: Ilaria Testa is proposed to supervise the doctoral student, with co-supervisor Francesca Pennacchietti. Decisions are made on admission.

What we offer

Admission requirements

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.
  • Previous experience with imaging and/or spectroscopic technique within biophysical studies.

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

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

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. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

Union representatives

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

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section’s website.

To apply for the position

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-04

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