Doctoral in Game Theory and Machine Learning Security
KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering

Job Title: Doctoral  in Game Theory and Machine Learning Security

School: Electrical Engineering

Type of employ ment: 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
Country: Sweden
Reference number: J-2019-0886
György Dán, Professor,, 08-7904253
Anna Mård, HR Officer,
Published: 16.Apr.2019
Last application date: 15.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CE



Kungliga Tekniska högskolan,


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

School: Electrical Engineering

Machine learning has over the past years developed into a tool capable of achieving human-like performance in various problem domains. In the near future it will be integrated in complex network control systems, to interpret sensory input and to facilitate adaptation to changing a environment. The potential benefits of machine learning enabled networked control systems are tremendous, but machine learning introduces significant vulnerabilities that need to be understood and mitigated, in order to make future networked control systems secure.

The goal of the project is to develop a fundamental understanding and engineering design of machine learning enabled complex networked control systems. To achieve this goal, the project plans to develop novel game theoretical models of network security, with a focus on adaptation and learning. The models and algorithms will be used for devising solutions for system design, threat mitigation and attack detection. The developed solutions will be validated in a state of the art large-scale on-campus testbed. Frequent interaction with industrial partners ensures a focus on fundamental problems with high industrial relevance, and provides good career prospects in industry as well as in academia.

What we offer

The doctoral program in Electrical Engineering provides world class quality education, including a large list of graduate courses ensuring an in-depth development of relevant competences and skills.

The successful applicant will conduct research at the Department of Network and Systems Engineering (NSE) at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The department conducts world class research in the field of computer networking, with a focus on networked system design, performance modeling and evaluation and security. Current areas that our research covers are sensor networks, multimedia communications, cloud computing, mobile and vehicular communications, and smart grid communication security. Members of the department participate in several EU projects and collaborate with researchers at universities in Europe, in North America and in Asia. Our graduates are highly sought after by the IT industry, and are employed at research labs and companies in Europe and in the U.S.

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,
  • 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.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

The successful applicant should hold a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Applied mathematics or a corresponding degree. Knowledge of machine learning and game theory is required together with a strong mathematical background. Knowledge of optimization, stochastic processes, and linear algebra are an advantage. Skills of interest also include programming required for simulations and for empirical validation. A thesis work relevant to the position and significant international experience are a merit.

The successful applicant should have an outstanding academic track record, and well developed analytical and problem solving skills. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently and in a team. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals. The evaluation will be based on how well the applicant fulfills the above criteria.

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 who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

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)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are 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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