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

Many accidents in homes and in nursing homes occur in the bathroom. It is a difficult workplace for home care and healthcare staff. With an increasing aging population, fewer places of care are available. With a focus on home care, strategies and innovations that can meet the these challenges are required. For example, a rotatable and height-adjustable toilet could increase the functionality and allow for improving even small bathrooms. More people could live at home and the working environment for home care staff would be improved. Based on needs analysis and review of existing solutions, new prototype bathrooms are developed with participative methodology and evaluated in terms of functionality, safety, work environment and economy. The result clarifies the bathroom problem and is expected to contribute to improving the working environment and reducing the number of accidents and occupational injuries in healthcare and care and giving users increased integrity and independence.
We are looking for a graduate student for work in the project "Bathroom for all - innovative solutions for sustainable work environment and user autonomy" leading to a licentiate degree. The funding is a research grants from AFA Insurance. A suitable background is a person with competence in ergonomics, design and usability. The project includes both practical and theoretical work in an interdisciplinary environment and the person will belong to the Division of Ergonomics at KTH CBH, with workplace at KTH Campus Flemingsberg.

Third-cycle subject: Technology and Health

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
  • Life-long network through KTH's Alumni organization.
  • A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe´s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • The Division of ergonomics includes a cross-disciplinary research group with competensces from several research fields and research perspectives. 


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.

Other merits are that you:

  • have master Swedish and English fluently in speech and writing
  • have initiative and are creative
  • have experience of project work, ergonomic design for the elderly/people with disabilities
  • have relevant professional experience
  • have knowledge of work environment & economics

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Licentiate 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

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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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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment August 2019 or "according to the agreement"
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2019-0702
  • Linda Rose, universitetslektor, +46 8 790 9496, lrose@kth.se
  • Mikael Forsman, professor, +46 8 790 9798, miforsm@kth.se
Published 11.Apr.2019
Last application date 02.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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