KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Assistant professor in Sustainable metals

2024-08-16 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Hereby, a WISE Fellow position is announced, within the program Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE, 2022-2033) funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The mission of WISE is to facilitate a sustainable society by research in new materials and industrial processes. Read more at wise-materials.org

Subject field

Sustainable metals.

Subject description

The subject encompasses fundamental metallurgical studies with focus on process phenomena that enable a transformation towards a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, energy- and resource-efficient metal production and its by-products. The focus lies on generating new knowledge to strengthen the ongoing transformation of the metal industry, including knowledge about new metals and metallurgical processes related to increased recycling, replacement of critical raw materials for society or reducing the impact of derived materials. The topic also includes studies on how to achieve circularity and a circular economy to support the necessary transformation striving towards a modern sustainable metal industry. 


The position includes research and teaching in the subject area. Within research the Assistant Professor is expected to contribute to the development of new fields of research in the subject area, which includes both experimental and theoretical studies. The assistant professor will be creating new networks within and outside KTH and actively apply for research funding. The Assistant Professor will be expected to teach undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate classes within the subject area. This includes the development of existing and new courses. In additional the Assistant Professor is expected to contribute to the operation and development of educational programs related to the subject, and supervise thesis projects at first and second cycle along with PhD student supervision in the subject field. The Assistant Professor are expected to contribute to the fulfillment of KTH's objectives in sustainable development. 

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other teaching positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12a of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 12c of the Higher Education Ordinance.


An individual who has completed a doctorate or equivalent scientific competence is qualified for appointment as an assistant professor. Candidates who met those qualifications a maximum of five years before the deadline for applying for the appointment as an assistant professor has expired should be prioritized. Other candidates may also be considered there are special reasons.  Special reasons refers to absence due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

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

  • scientific expertise demonstrated through scientific publications, conference attendance, attendance of research cooperation and also other undertakings in the scientific community such as 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 the ability to establish, review and develop the research area in question.
  • potential to contribute to the field as a whole, including theoretical and experimental studies.

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • an interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.
  • an interest in collaborating with the surrounding society, e.g., through research projects in close collaboration with industrial partners
  • experience from a postdoctoral visit in a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended their doctoral thesis. In application-oriented areas, experience from research and development work within the industry or other organizations is considered to correspond to a traditional postdoc visit to another university.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • interest in and insights concerning leadership in academia, collaboration with the outside community, and awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • administrative expertise.
  • ability to cooperate.

Special grounds of assessment for promotion to associate professor

When assessing applications for promotion to associate professor, provisions according to Section 1.2.4 of Appointments procedure at KTH will be applied. 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).

Log into KTH recruitment system in order to apply to this position.


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

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

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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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.

About KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. Read more here

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-2024-0033
  1. Joakim Odqvist, Head of Department, odqvist@kth.se
  2. Björn Glaser, Head of Division, bjoerng@kth.se
Published: 2024-05-03
Last application date: 2024-08-16


Assistant professor in Sustainable metals
Brinellvägen 8 Stockholm, Schweden
2024-08-16 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-08-16 23:59 (CET)
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