Postdoc in Optimization for Machine Learning

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in optimization for machine learning


KTH Royal Institute of Technology


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.


Job description

The Division of Decision and Control Systems at KTH’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is looking for 1-2 postdocs with a strong interest in developing theory and methodology for large-scale optimization, decision-making and machine learning. The division consists of around 80 personnel (faulty, postdocs and PhD students) who contribute to a dynamic and ambitious research environment and friendly and open workplace. The division is internationally well established, with a comprehensive network of international research collaborations, and is involved in several national and international research projects with academia and industry.

The postdoc position involves individual and collaborative research, participation in research projects, and interaction with faculty, postdocs, and students. Opportunities to enhance important complementary skills of a modern scientist, e.g. in terms of research leadership, teaching and proposal writing, will also be given.


We seek candidates with a PhD in a relevant area (EE, CS, applied mathematics, or related field). You should have a vision, ambition and passion for research, and a track record of scientific accomplishments (e.g. publications in leading international conferences and journals, involvement in high-quality open source developments, etc.).

We are particularly interested in candidates with several complementary skills, e.g. theory and system development, or theory development and application expertise.


A doctoral degree in a relevant area (EE, CS, applied mathematics, or related fields), obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline. 

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

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The application should contain the following:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Reference letter(s) or contact information to at least two reference persons
  3. Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  4. Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad.

Your complete application must be received by KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight

CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment March 1 2020, or according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2019-3286
Felicia Gustafsson,
Mikael Johansson,
Published 20.Dec.2019
Last application date 15.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET


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