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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.

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of  Technology invites applications for two newly created positions as assistant professor in Intelligent Systems with specialization in Machine Learning supported by the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program (WASP), a 10 year research program funded by a 1.300 MSEK donation by the Knut and  Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and with additional 500 MSEK funding provided by  industry and participating universities.

Subject field

Intelligent Systems with Specialization in Machine Learning

Subject description

Machine Learning is a subfield of Intelligent Systems and Artificial Intelligence, which concerns the development and analysis of algorithms that learn from data.


The work consists in developing KTH’s research and education in the theoretical foundations within the subject field. The duties comprise supervision of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, and establishment of research collaborations within and outside of KTH. Other duties are education in subjects in the first and second cycles at the Department of Intelligent Systems; for example courses in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning or Deep Learning. Moreover, the assistant professor should interact with industry and society, and is expected to contribute to the activity within the WASP program and its national activities.

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.


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 in the subject field, demonstrated through scientific results and publications in conferences and journals of highest quality, such as ICML, NeurIPS, AISTATS, COLT, AAAI, UAI, ICLR, and JMLR.
  • a clear and seminal research vision, considerable international experience and the ability to contribute to the renewal and development of the subject field.
  • an interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field.
  • potential to qualify for a higher teaching post. This includes the potential for independent development as a researcher and teacher within the subject field in question and also the ability to establish oneself in these positions.

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • a good ability to establish and develop collaborations in research and education.
  • postdoc visits to a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended their doctoral thesis.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • an interest in and understanding of leadership in an academic environment, third-stream activities, and awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • administrative expertise.

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.

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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).

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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

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2018-2310
  • Bo Wahlberg, Professor, bo@kth.se, +46 8 790 72 42
  • Hedvig Kjellström, Professor, hedvig@kth.se, +46 8 790 69 06
  • Mikael Visén, HR officer, tenuretrack@eecs.kth.se
Published 14.Dec.2018
Last application date 15.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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