International Society of Biomechanics
Gold sponsor

Doctoral student in Biomechanics; wearable sensors and smartphones

PhD position
16 May 2023
16 May 2023
Stockholm, Stockholms län
KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Link to announcement:


Doctoral student in Biomechanics; wearable sensors and smartphones

KTH MoveAbility Lab, School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Engineering Mechanics

The ability to measure human movement biomechanics outside of laboratory settings, e.g. outdoors or at a rehab clinic, is of exponentially increasing importance in public health, healthcare, sports, and assistive device development. The goal of this PhD project is to measure human movement biomechanics using sensors, depth sensing cameras on smartphones, and machine learning. The PhD student will develop and validate methods that estimate movements, muscle activations, forces and metabolic effort outside of a laboratory, as well as develop a smartphone app.

The PhD student will join the research group at the KTH MoveAbility Lab and collaborations within KTH Center for Sports Engineering and Region Stockholm. The project is funded in part by the Promobilia Foundation.

We see you who have a master’s degree or equivalent in engineering physics, mechanical engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering, sports technology or other relevant area. You must have good knowledge in biomechanics, machine learning, programming and sensor technology. You must have the social skills, equality philosophy and ethical approach required to perform experiments on people. You must also have an innovative drive to develop valid methods and smartphone apps.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Professor Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik.

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.

  • Work in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and well-equipped research environment in human movement biomechanics.

Admission requirements

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 second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or

  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or

  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


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.

  • Very good skills in speaking and writing technical English, as this will be required in day-to-day work.

  • Experience with movement analysis, biomechanical modelling and simulation are desirable.

  • Experience with app development is desirable.

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. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

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.Copies of originals must be certified.

  • 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.

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