Doctoral student in Vascularized Tissue Constructs


Application deadline

October 16, 2023

Doctoral student in Vascularized Tissue Constructs

Project description

The Division of Micro and Nanosystems at the KTH School of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a Ph.D. student position. We are seeking applicants who have a desire to conduct cutting-edge research within the area of organ-on-a-chip 3D tissue models that mimic human physiology. Such 3D tissue models have important applications in biomedical research and drug development. However, 3D tissue models remain difficult to realize. In this PhD project, we will develop a new generation of 3D tissue constructs targeted at providing a robust solution to both the vascularization and innervation challenges that now hampers the field. Therefore we will focus on creating a physiological model of the interface between nerves and muscles, called the neuromuscular junction. Such a model is highly relevant for studies of normal processes of nerve and muscle interactions but even more so for pathological conditions, pain, inflammation, and muscle dysfunction.

As a Ph.D. student you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team that consists of members with different professional and cultural backgrounds. All projects involve both theoretical and experimental tasks as well as cooperation with other scientific disciplines. Experimental work will be conducted in the KTH laser lab and at KI and KTH SciLifeLab. The projects engage several fellow researchers at KTH and KI and are supervised by at least two senior researchers. The projects will be conducted in close cooperation with the University of Tokyo.

Third-cycle subject:  Medical Technology

Supervision: Main supervision Prof. Frank Niklaus (KTH) and Prof. Anna Herland (KI) is proposed to co-supervise the doctoral student.

What we offer

  • 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.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • The Department of Micro and Nanosystems is a leading research group in micro and nanotechnologies and as a PhD student you will be part of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of > 40 members with different professional and cultural backgrounds.
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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

The successful applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering, or a corresponding degree from a major university.

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, 
  • analyse and work with complex issues, 
  • communicate clearly in spoken and written English, since its required in the every day work, 
  • present an excellence academic track record and
  • show high level of motivation for experimental research.

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. 

Union representatives

KTH’s website.

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

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).

Last updated: 2023-10-05

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