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Assistant Professor in Industrial Design Engineering spec. Sustainable Development – KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Jun 2022


KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for an Assistant professor in Industrial Design Engineering with specialization in Sustainable Development, Sweden – Jun 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 6 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

School of Industrial Engineering and Management

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


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Qualification Details

An individual who has obtained a PhD or equivalent research expertise is qualified for appointment as an assistant professor. Candidates who met those qualifications within five years prior to expiration of the application period should be prioritized. Other candidates may also be considered if there are extraordinary grounds for doing so. Extraordinary grounds refer to illness, parental leave or similar circumstances.

Grounds of assessments

The assessment criteria for appointment as an assistant professor at KTH are stated in KTH's appointments procedure section 1.3, and apply in relation to the employment profile laid down.

Of highest importance is that the applicant has

  • Research expertise demonstrated through research publications, conference attendance, attendance in research cooperation, and other undertakings in the scientific community such as for example reviewer assignments.
  • Potential to qualify for a higher teacher position. This includes the potential for independent development as a researcher and teacher within the subject field in question and also the ability to establish, review and develop the research area in question.

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • Experience in practical design work within the industry or other organizations.
  • Interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.
  • Interest in and understanding of leadership in an academic environment, third-stream activities, and an awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • Postdoctoral visit to a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended their doctoral thesis. In application-oriented areas, experience from research and development work within the industry or other organizations is considered to correspond to a traditional postdoc visit to another university.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • Administrative skills.

Special grounds of assessment for promotion to associate professor

When assessing applications for promotion to associate professor, the applicant's ability to independently initiate and carry out research of high academic quality, published in international publications, and the applicant's ability to obtain financing for research operations will be assessed. Of highest importance is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research specializations. It is also of highest importance that the applicant has displayed teaching and supervising expertise. Ability to teach in Swedish is a merit that is given great importance in the application for promotion.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Subject field

Industrial Design Engineering with specialization in Sustainable Development.

Subject description

The field encompasses user-centered methods and processes to design sociotechnical systems that can contribute to sustainable development.


The position entails research and teaching activities in close collaboration with industry and society. The assistant professor is expected to develop their own research and establish their own research group, including the supervision of doctoral students. Furthermore, the assistant professor is expected to collaborate within KTH Royal Institute of Technology as well as internationally. The teaching activities are expected to be at both bachelor's and master's levels.

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other teaching positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 12 c of the Higher Education Ordinance.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: VL-2022-0016

Application Procedure

Your application should follow KTH's CV template for employment of teachers. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete according to the requirements in the ad and CV template.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Log into KTH recruitment system in order to apply to this position.

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Trade union representatives

Contact information to trade union representatives can be found at KTH's web page.


Time limitation:The appointment is for an indefinite term, but no more than six years, and may be extended if, due to the teacher’s absence due to sick leave, parental leave or other special grounds, more time is required to reach the objectives of the appointment. However, the total appointment period may not exceed eight years. The appointment is part of the Tenure Track system at KTH and the assistant professor may apply for promotion to tenured associate professor.

For more information regarding KTH's assessment, see Appointments procedure at KTH

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

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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.

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