Saturday, May 1, 2021

Doctoral student in Precision Polymer Therapuetics


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: Tomorrow’s Dendritic Drug Delivery Systems – Ultimate Precision Carriers for Therapeutic Applications

This project aims to develop next generation Dendritic Drug Delivery Systems to combat therapeutically challenging public health concerns, from cancer to viral diseases and bacterial resistance. Polyester heterofunctional dendrimers (HFDs) will be designed and evaluated with respect to structural perfections, aqueous solubility, conjugation with biological motifs and activity towards specific infections or diseases.

The candidate will work closely with researchers at KTH as well as collaborators from national and international partners who specialize in the evaluation of nanomedicine.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Prof. Michael Malkoch

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:

  • passed a degree at advanced level within in polymer science and engineering or similar areas.
  • 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.


  • Synthesis experience
  • Good lab skills
  • Experience with NMR, SEC, MALDI-TOF, DLS, cell evaluation of materials.

It is a merit if you have:

  • experience with dendrimer synthesis or polymer therapeutics constructed via dendrimer chemistry, RDRP, ROP, ROMP or click chemistry.
  • worked with the conjugation of biological motifs to nanocarriers and their assessment, both structural and biological with respect to therapeutic efficacy towards specific diseases or infections.
  • an education within biomaterials and nanomedicine.

Personal skills
We are looking for a person who is goal orientated, perseverant and able to work independently at a high pace to meet agreed deadlines. You should also be creative, mature, able to critically analyze information and collaborate with others.

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

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/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

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAccording to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountyStockholms län
Reference numberC-2021-0477
  • Edith Tönseth Malm, HR-administratör, +46 8 790 60 73
  • Michael Malkoch, Professor,
  • Daniel Hutchinson, Forskare,
Last application date28.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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