Doctoral student in Space Electronics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in Space Electronics

Sweden 10 Mar 2021


KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Information and Communication Technology 

This project from the Swedish National Space Agency aims to develop manufacturing methods for fabrication of high voltage integrated circuits in silicon carbide (SiC). KTH already has separate processes for integrated circuits and high voltage transistors in SiC, but now we want to combine the two. The finished integrated circuits will be used for electric propulsion in small satellites. Some testing of the circuits will be done in collaboration with GomSpace Sweden.

Project name: ICARUS - Integrated Circuits for electrically powered spAcecraft pRopulsion Using Silicon carbide

You will be working in a group of researchers and supervisors with competencies in semiconductor devices, circuit design, physical and electrical simulation, process integration, and electrical measurements. As a PhD student you will be fabricating and characterizing the high voltage integrated circuits. Process development in the clean room is an important part of this work. Depending on interest, you can also be involved in circuit design and electrical and physical simulation.

Supervision: Prof. Carl-Mikael Zetterling, Prof. Gunnar Malm and Docent Per-Erik Hellström.

What we offer


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:


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:

We expect that you have a master’s degree in electrical engineering, engineering physics, nanotechnology or similar. You are interested in space and space research. Experience of working in a semiconductor process lab or working with high voltage electronics is meritorious.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

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.


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).

Applications must include the following elements:

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