School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Subject field

Physics with specialization in condensed matter theory.

Subject description

The research area is condensed matter physics with a focus on quantum physics. The subject is

broadly interpreted to include condensed matter systems, ultracold atoms, quantum information theory, and mathematical physics with applications to quantum condensed matter.


The position concerns research and teaching within the subject area. The assistant professor is expected to build up a research group. The holder of the position is further expected to actively apply for research funding and contribute to the scientific environment around the AlbaNova University Center, which includes the Departments of physics and applied physics at KTH, as well as Nordita and Stockholm University.  Duties within education include teaching, course development and supervision at master’s and doctoral level. Administrative tasks may be included. The assistant professor is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within four years. If needed, a language support plan will be devised at the time of employment.

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other faculty 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 with tenure 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 assessment

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 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. 

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • postdoctoral activity in a research environment other than the university which awarded the doctoral degree. Experience from research and development work within industry or at other organizations is considered equivalent to a traditional postdoctoral position.
  • 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-streamactivities, 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 scientific quality, published in international publications, and the applicant's ability to obtain financing for research activities will be assessed. Of highest importance is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research directions. It is also of highest importance that the applicant has shown teaching and supervision expertise. The ability to teach in Swedish is a merit that is given great importance in the application for promotion.

Trade union representatives

Contact information to trade union representatives can be found at KTH's web page.


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 Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number VL-2022-0003
  • Pär Olsson, Prefekt,
  • Jens Bardarson, Professor,
Published 21.Feb.2022
Last application date 29.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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