KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Engineering and Management

Job description

In 2019, a new multidisciplinary research initiative on sustainable industry and society called IRIS was launched at the KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management. IRIS focuses on knowledge creation and spreading awareness for the paradigm shift needed in transforming industrial systems towards a circular economy approach. The goal is to contribute to the transition towards a zero-emission, adaptable industry for a sustainable society characterized by new product and service designs, new materials, new business models, sustainable energy systems, recycling, reuse and remanufacture.

Research efforts within, and across, the following areas are currently included in IRIS:

  1. Industrial transformation through sustainable digitalization.
  2. Integrated mechanics, components and materials design, including additive manufacturing.
  3. Sustainable energy systems, infrastructure and business.
  4. Innovation management, innovation eco-systems and entrepreneurship

The IRIS effort represents a stimulating, challenging, and strongly needed direction to meet the UN sustainable development goals. We invite you to join our multidisciplinary team at KTH!

See here for more information about IRIS: https://www.kth.se/en/itm/forskning/iris

The duties of the postdocs include:

  • Conducting innovative research and collaboration within the scope of IRIS.
  • Presentations of research at conferences and meetings, as well as publication of research papers in high-quality journals.
  • Potential involvement in teaching activities, especially in regard to developing new PhD and industrial courses on topics relevant for the IRIS areas.

 What we offer

  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Being part of a team with high ambitions in an open, curious, dynamic and international environment.
  • Access to the newly formed IRIS research initiative on sustainable industry and society at KTH with several engaged and dynamic research groups
  • A training and career development program for postdocs including networking, courses (such as on PhD student supervision and leadership) and mentorship
  • Excellent conditions to take the first stage in your path towards an academic or industrial career by providing strong collaboration partners for top-tier research contributions, international and industrial networks, and mentorship by a diverse team of experienced researchers.



A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline, in a topic that is relevant for the proposed research focus.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

As a person, we prefer that you have and can demonstrate:

  • excellent ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in English,
  • ability to work independently and collaboration skills,
  • multidisciplinary background and interest,
  • awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality and
  • both scientific skills and educational ability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage.


Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • An account of, (1) why you want to conduct research, (2) what research you propose to contribute to IRIS, identifying a match with at least one of the above mentioned areas or a cross-cutting theme, and (3) how the proposed research relates to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages.
  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish, if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.

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).

About the employment

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

The positions are for up to two years, with an initial one-year contract that can be prolonged.


Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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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.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 12
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2020-0170
  • Martin Törngren, professor, +46(8)79063 07, epost: MartinT@kth.se
  • Helena Lundquist, HR, +46(8)790 71 74, epost: hellund@kth.se
  • Sandra Strandberg, HR, +46(8)790 70 53, epost: sanst@kth.se
Published 30.Jan.2020
Last application date 13.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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