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Subject field Environmental Physiology 

Subject description
Environmental Physiology concerns studies on the influence of environmental factors on physiological  responses in humans. The subject comprises four research fields: high-altitude physiology, thermal  physiology, gravitational physiology and diving physiology. Research questions within the subject may  vary from basic science-related to applied studies, of which the latter commonly concern the  interdisciplinary area of physiology, technology, and ergonomics, for instance development of different types of protective equipment that will enable humans to tolerate extreme environments.

The assistant professor is expected to participate in, and independently conduct experiments on humans within several of the above described fields of thermal, gravitational, high-altitude and diving physiology, at the  human-use centrifuge and hyper- and hypobaric chambers at KTH or in the field; simulation of  weightlessness is performed using the “bed-rest model”. The assistant professor is also expected to  independently perform data analyses and to write scientific articles, initially often in collaboration with  senior colleagues, and eventually independently. Furthermore, the assistant professor is expected to take  part in, and eventually independently initiate, plan and prepare for experiments, including applying for  ethics approval and for research funding. Experience of relevant occupational risk assessments is a merit.

The assistant professor is expected to participate in teaching at basic as well as advanced level, in  particular in KTH courses concerning Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology in Extreme Environments  and Occupational environment/Ergonomics, but also other courses may become relevant. In addition, the  assistant professor is expected to independently supervise master thesis projects and also doctorate thesis  projects, initially as a co-supervisor but eventually as main supervisor.Research-related duties will constitute 75% and teaching-related duties 25% of the work. 

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop his or her independence as researcher and  gain accreditation that may allow the nominee to take on 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 within the subject field, demonstrated through research publications, conference attendance, attendance of research cooperation and also other undertakings in the scientific community such as for example, assignments as a reviewer or expert.
  • 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, review and develop the research area in question.
  • postdoc visits to a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended his/her doctoral thesis. Experience from research and development work within the industry or other organizations can be considered to correspond to a traditional postdoc visit to another university.

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • an interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.

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 skills.

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 science journals, 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. The ability to teach in Swedish will be considered a great merit upon application for promotion.

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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 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number VL-2020-0022
  • Ola Eiken, avdelningschef, eiken@kth.se, tel: +46 8 790 4803
Published 27.Apr.2020
Last application date 13.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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