Doctoral student in medical image processing

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Third-cycle subject : Technology and Health

When new treatment methods for cancer are to be evaluated, it is essential to have measurement tools for evaluating the effect of given treatment and early in the disease predicting the future clinical course. This project aims at reaching this goal by using medical imaging data and new machine learning methods ( AI ). Techniques to be tested include segmentation algorithms based on deep learning (deep convolutional neural networks) and generative techniques such as generative adversarial networks (GAN). The workplace will be MTH s Division of biomedical imaging , an international and cross-disciplinary research environment located in Flemingsberg, adjacent to Karolinska university hospital Huddinge.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by professor Örjan Smedby, originally a medical doctor (radiologist) but now the leader of KTH s research group in medical image processing and visualization, and docent Chunliang Wang, researcher within medical image processing with a special focus on deep learning.

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.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.


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 degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here
  • For this position, a master of science degree or equivalent is required, as well as good knowledge of machine learning or image processing and good programming skills.


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.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, at least in English, are desirable.
  • Experience of medical imaging or deep learning is a merit.
  • Experience of Python programming is also a merit.

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

Target degree: Doctor of Philosophy in engineering

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

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 .


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.
  • Representative publications or technical reports: For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kths doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: C-2020-0819
Published: 2020-05-14
Last application date: 2020-06-08


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