PhD student in mathematical modeling of the brain

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Job Description: 

PhD student in mathematical modeling of the brain, specifically selection of behavior

KTH School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) seeks a PhD student in computational neuroscience, specifically behavior selection.

The Workplace

KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000 first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,300 employees.

KTH Computer Science and Communication is Sweden’s leading research and education institution in Information Technology, with activities at both KTH and Stockholm University. The activities of the school focus on higher education and research within the traditional core areas of numerical analysis and computer science; from theory building and analysis of mathematical models to algorithm construction, implementation and simulation. Other core areas of growing importance are technology and methods for the support of human communication and computer mediated cooperation. The applied research includes scientific computing, computer science, computer vision, robotics, neuroinformatics and neural networks, human-computer interaction, media technology, and communication through speech and music. For more information, go to and follow the link to our “international website”.


The Department of Computational Biology (CB) at CSC conducts research about the function of neurons, neuronal networks and the brain, i.e. in computational neuroscience. CB is the leading lab in the field of computational neuroscience in Sweden and collaborates closely with Dept. Neuroscience at Karolinska institutet.

The project is part of ongoing research at CB to understand how the brain is able to select and initiate different behaviors. The aim is to explore how gating of cortical commands are accomplished by structures in the brain called the basal ganglia, which are critical for the selection of motor and cognitive actions. The methodological approach is a combination of biophysically detailed computational models and more abstract, higher systems level models.

During the whole project there will be an interaction with researchers at the Karolinska Institute.

This is a four-year, time-limited position and normally includes 20% departmental duties, usually teaching. Research students must be registered at KTH. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.


Form of employment: Time-limited
Work time: Full time
The salary follows the directions provided by KTH
Start date: According to agreement

Number of positions: 1


The ideal applicant has documented competence and skills on a master level in computer science, physics and mathematics as well as a strong interest in biology. Documented interest in research like activities (e.g. demonstrated in the form of master thesis work) is of large importance. The candidates should have good abilities to formulate and reason about scientific questions and to work creatively with such issues as well as to express them clearly in speech and writing.

Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis as well as possessing good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities. Also the capability to cope with stress and work against deadlines is important to possess for this position.


Application deadline: 2012-10-15
Employer's reference: D-2012-0329

Applications via email are to be sent to: Susanne Bergman, e-mail

Write reference number in the email subject. (CV, etc. should be sent as an attachment, preferably pdf-files.)

We also accept hard copy applications sent to:

Att. Susanne Bergman,
Lindstedtsvägen 3, 4th floor,
SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Application shall include the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Transcripts from university/university college

3. Brief description of why the applicant wishes to become a doctoral student.

Please observe that all material needs to be in English, apart from the official document.

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For enquiries about PhD studies and employment conditions please contact:

Eva-Lena Åkerman, HR Manager
Phone: +46 8 790 91 06

For enquiries about the project please contact:

Prof J Hellgren Kotaleski
Phone: +46 8 790 69 03

Union representative

Lars Abrahamsson, SACO
Phone: +46 8 790 7058

Job Categories: 
Universities and colleges
Deadline for Application: 
Oct 15 2012