Doctoral student in Computational Neuroscience

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 May 2021

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: Computational Science and Technology

Neuromodulators are crucial for the brain function and while the effect of neuromodulation is relatively well studied, little is known about how neuromodulators affect the network activity dynamics. In this project we want to quantify the effects of neuromodulators on neuron/synapse properties and network structure and dynamics.

The doctoral student will be part of Dr. Kumar's research group. The research group uses computational and analytical methods to understand the dynamics and information processing in biological neuronal networks. The research in the Kumar lab is aimed at understading:

  • The role of oscillations and correlations in communication between different brain areas [e.g. see Hahn et al. Nature Rev. Neurosci. 2019]
  • Control of brain activity dynamics [e.g. see Vlachos et al. PloS Comp Bio 2016]
  • Interaction between neuron properties and network activity dynamics [Sahasranamam et al.  Sci. Reports 2015, Spreizer et al. PloS Comp Bio 2010, Hahn et al. 2020]
  • Neural coding [e.g. Tauffer and Kumar 2020].
  • The research group is also developing mathematical models of brain diseases to understand the mechanisms underlying the emergence of disease related aberrant activity dynamics in brain diseases. More info.:

    Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Dr. Arvind Kumar

    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 .
    • High performance computing facilities at KTH.
    • A highly interdisciplinary research environment with close interactions between theoreticians and experimentalists.


    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 .

    We are looking for a student with an MSc. (or equivalent) degree in Physics or Engineering and a strong background in analysis and modeling of physical/biological systems. Previous knowledge of neuroscience is useful but not necessary. Students who expect to graduate by Summer 2021 can also apply. 


    The candidate should have a background in analysis of dynamical systems and scientific computing, and willingness to learn to conduct experiments and analyse experimental data obtained from rodents. 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.

    After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

    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.

    Union representatives

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    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/entral 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.

    Other information

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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
    Contract type: Full time
    First day of employment: According to agreement
    Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
    Number of positions: 1
    Working hours: 100%
    City: Stockholm
    County: Stockholms län
    Country: Sweden
    Reference number: J-2021-0912

  • Dr. Arvind Kumar, Universitetslektor,
  • Natasha Kapama, HR,
  • Published: 2021-04-08
    Last application date: 2021-05-17

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