Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för industriell teknik och management

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Production engineering (IIP) includes techniques which mainly concern engineer technical development of products, processes, systems and methods that have direct impact on this production. The area includes everything from engineering aspects of manufacturing to assembly of components for functional products and recycling issues associated with these disciplines.

Job description

The Department of Production Engineering (IIP) includes techniques which mainly concern engineer technical development of products, processes, systems and methods that have direct impact on this production. The area includes everything from engineering aspects of manufacturing to assembly of components for functional products and recycling issues associated with these disciplines. The department's staff and students come from all over the world and contribute to a very international environment. The Unit for Manufacturing & Metrology Systems (MMS) works with research, education and policy in the area of Circular Economy, with particular focus on manufacturing industry. The research projects are usually related to highly interdisciplinary areas, such as product design, (business) operations, supply chains and information and communication technology in manufacturing setting. Collaborative projects usually involve academics, public sector and industry partners.

In this postdoc position aims to strengthen research and development activities to advance CE research. Therefore, we are looking for a candidate how has sound track record with CE system perspective. The candidate will primarily be involved with:

  • Developing research ideas and concepts and transforming these into actionable research tasks
  • Development of consortia for the purpose of creating funding proposals
  • Execution of own research tasks
  • Coordination of research proposals
  • Working on CE and other related education tasks
  • Publishing both in scholarly and popular science magazines


To qualify for postdoc employment at IIP, the candidate must hold a PhD degree in engineering with M.Sc. and B.Sc. degree in production, manufacturing, industrial, mechanical, or equivalent area, not older than 3 years. Cross-disciplinary work and the ability to coordinate and manage complex inputs from a wide range of research disciplines from collaborating bodies across different projects is crucial. The successful candidate has academic publications in leading scientific peer-reviewed journals, preferably in the area of CE.

Furthermore, the ability is required to generate research ideas and use these ideas in order to create research proposals to secure funding. Having experience from similar activities will be considered during the selection process, which include:

  • Identification of relevant problems areas and ideas
  • Identification of relevant research calls
  • Creation of consortium of relevant research partners
  • Explanation of the problems or ideas in a scientific manner
  • Identification of impacts of the problems/ideas
  • Identification of the means of carrying out the research work, such as work and task plan, budgeting and resources planning

Therefore, it is preferred that the candidate has at least 3-year experience in project management with the skills in project planning, execution and reporting are necessary. Having experience from participating and managing large and medium projects is highly valued for this position. Having worked with EU and nationally funded (or equivalent) research projects from the past will be an added advantage.

It is also preferred that the candidate has skills in complex systems modelling and implementing system models to create simulations to obtain explanatory insights on CE systems. Interest and basic knowledge of programming languages like Java, VisualBasic or similar are required. The candidate should be able and be comfortable with working in cross-cultural and cross-functional teams, on local and international level. Therefore, an excellent command of English is required. Finally, the ability to identify relevant stakeholders and disseminate research findings among senior executives and stakeholders from local government and large companies in relevant sectors is crucial.

Knowledge of Swedish is meritorious, further European language skills are a plus. Knowledge in business models, product design, closed-loop supply chain and information and communication technology relevant to CE will be a plus. The candidate should be able to supervise B.Sc., M.Sc. thesis and PhD students at their early stage. Having similar experience from the past is a plus.

We will place great emphasis on the personal suitability for this position, where the following are of great importance:

  • Ability to work structured and independently as well as collaboratively
  • Break down of high level research concepts to actionable research tasks
  • Interdisciplinary working scope and international mind-set

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2019-1035
  • Amir Rashid, +46 8 790 63 73
  • Maya Öberg, +46 8 790 76 53
Published 03.May.2019
Last application date 14.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CET

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