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PhD Position in Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings – KTH, Sweden, Mar 2022


KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a Ph.D. student (licentiate) for research work on environmental aspects of buildings in a life cycle perspective, at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED), Sweden – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Apr 15, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


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Qualification Details

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),
  • 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,
  • carefully analyse quantitative data, and
  • produce scientific texts

The PhD project further requires that you have an inter-disciplinary approach and interest, and preferably experience of earlier research work. You are well familiar with tools for environmental systems analysis, like life cycle assessment, and have experience of work on life cycle assessment of buildings.

It is seen as a merit if you can read and communicate to a certain extent in Swedish since it is needed in the daily work.

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

Target degree: Licentiate 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED) conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of environmental issues, societal change and technological innovation, focused on developing more sustainable social systems.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Planning and Decision analysis with a specialisation in Strategies for sustainable development.

The SEED department is hiring a PhD student (licentiate) for research work on environmental aspects of buildings in a life cycle perspective.  The successful candidate will be part of a research project on climate impact of new-build and refurbished buildings, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The project is national and relate well to on-going policy development in the field. Great opportunities are offered to also join research networks including PhD students at other universities, both in and outside Sweden. The research work is performed in collaboration with actors of the Swedish building and construction industries.

The PhD project will focus quantitative environmental assessment of buildings in a life cycle perspective, including method development. The work embraces analyses of both new-build and refurbishment of buildings and encompasses analytical work on research questions of high relevance for the building industry and policy development of today.

The person we look for is expected to have a background in environmental or civil engineering, specialized in the built environment/urban infrastructure field and preferably having experience of work on sustainability in building and construction, environmental assessment of buildings as well as an interest in policy aspects.

Supervision: Tove Malmqvist Stigell is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: A-2022-0343

Application Procedure

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.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.

About the Employer:


  • 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.
  • The Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED) offers a strong, mission driven and inter-disciplinary research environment.

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.

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