PhD Scholarship in Distributed Systems/data Science

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position. The funding allows successful candidate to work for five years. Applications are invited up to February 15, 2019.

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The department of Software and Computer Systems at KTH is looking for excellent candidates for two PhD student positions in the area that lies at the intersection of distributed systems, data science, data intensive computing, machine learning and deep learning. The selected candidates are expected to have a strong background and passionate interest in topics of at least one of aforementioned areas.

The advertised doctoral student positions are mainly within the Horizon 2020 EU-Project "ExtremeEarth: From Copernicus Big Data to Extreme Earth Analytics" that aims at developing scalable Extreme Earth Analytics techniques and technologies for extracting information and knowledge out of the petabytes of Copernicus data collected in the European Copernicus program for monitoring the Earth. The techniques and technologies to be developed in the project will extend the Hops platform ( for Data Science and Data Engineering, jointly developed by KTH, RISE SICS, and Logical Clocks AB, to offer unprecedented scalability to extreme data volumes and scale-out distributed deep learning for Copernicus data.

The doctoral students will contribute to development of novel and enhancement of exiting techniques, methods and algorithms for scalable big data analysis, as well as to building and enhancing a platform for Data Science and Data Engineering, such as Hopsworks, in order to provide system support for scalable big data analytics.

The position is limited to four years, but may, conditioned on up to 20% department duties, e.g., teaching and supervision, be extended to five years. The doctoral student should be enrolled at KTH and the application process for being admitted to the doctoral study program is initiated in conjunction with the employment. Doctoral student employment at KTH offers excellent conditions with competitive salaries, health care, social security, and contributions to pension funds. The preliminary starting date is February 1, 2019.

The applicant must have strong academic credentials; written and spoken English proficiency.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time 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/entral European Summer Time).


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