School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Job description

In this postdoctoral position, you will conduct research in the development of new methods for balancing unstable hydrofoil boats based on a new monofoil concept for hydrofoils developed in the research at KTH. The challenges lie in optimizing the use of available sensors and applying creative new solutions using e.g. MPC, LQR and AI for maximum robustness and performance in stabilization. The research is closely related to the development of control strategies for unstable aircraft and spans areas such as theoretical modeling, development of new algorithms, implementation in simulators as well as on own boats with full-scale testing at sea.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • Close cooperation with leading industry- and academic partners in the field

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH


As a person, you are independent and strongly motivated to work in the field to push the boundaries of how hydrofoils can be developed and contribute to a transition towards completely fossil-free transports at sea. Furthermore, you have strong research skills with good collaboration skills and drive towards applied research. 


  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research expertise
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Experience from similar areas or closely related such as e.g. research or development of control methods for unstable aircraft or drones.
  • Experience from practical applied work with experiments and field tests.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

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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:

  • 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.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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

The position offered is for, at the most, three years.

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.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 230301 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2023-0027
  • Ivan Stenius,
Published 10.Jan.2023
Last application date 19.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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