Associate Professor in Material Science at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Swedens technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 13,400 first and second level students and almost 1,900 doctoral students. KTH has 4,900 employees.

Activities at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management cover the Engineering, Technological and Economic knowledge necessary to be able to develop new products, material and production processes in a sustainable fashion as concerns Technical management, Financial Profitability and the Environment. One precondition for innovation and enterprise is the study and application of basic physical and chemical phenomena as well as the integration of new, often multidisciplinary technologies, methods and tools. Core knowledge areas include Energy Technology, Industrial Design and Innovation, Product and Production Development, Materials Development, Micro and Nano Technology as well as Industrial Economics, Organization and Management.

Successful candidates will be part of KTH:s Tenure Track-system, being provided with career support.

For information about KTH see .

Subject field

Material Science

Subject description

The subject field covers materials science with a focus on experimental characterization of micro-and nano-structure of inorganic materials (metals, ceramics, oxide and carbide materials) with different types of microscopy and atom-probe tomography. The subject also includes analysis of experimental observations.


Teaching at bachelor, master and PhD level. Supervision of undergraduates and graduate students, as well as his/her own research within the subject field.

Purpose of the appointment

The assistant professor shall 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 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor shall be assessed for promotion to associate professor.


A person is eligible for appointment if they have attained a Degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise. Primarily, persons should have attained a Degree of Doctor or have acquired the equivalent expertise no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

Grounds of assessment

The assessment of applicants for this position should take into consideration the applicant's long-term development potential.

Research expertise is essential in the assessment and can be shown, for example, though international publication and establishment of collaborations. One of the assessment grounds is the applicant's ability to establish and develop cooperation within research and education.

For KTH, it is of vital importance to continually change and renew its research areas. This is achieved not least by recruiting people who can lead such development. Experience from other environments is, therefore, a clear asset. The newly appointed person should be given an independent position and his/her own responsibilities early on. One of the grounds of assessment is whether the applicant will be able to take on such responsibility and establish independent research activities.

It is desirable that a person who is appointed as assistant professor at KTH has experience from research environments other than KTH, equivalent to a post-doctorate period or doctorate degree from another institution. In more practical areas, experience from industry can be just as valuable as a traditional post-doctoral residency at another university.

Ability to collaborate with the surrounding society and to disseminate information regarding research and development work shall also be included as grounds for the appointment. In addition, the level of skill with regard to developing and leading activities and personnel shall be taken into account. This includes having knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on equality.

Of particular importance is the applicant's skill in various types of electron microscopy and documented experience of high-energy x-ray techniques using synchrotron radiation. Of great importance is the documented experience of atom-probe tomography and teaching. Moreover, the ability to obtain research funding is considered.

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 publications, and the applicant's ability to obtain financing for research operations will be assessed. One special ground for assessment is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research specializations. Special consideration will be shown to displayed teaching and supervising expertise


Permanent position.
Starting time: According to agreement.


Last day of application: 2014-06-09
Kindly, quote the reference number: M-2013-1168

The application should be sent via ordinary mail in hard copy to:

Registrars office
Valhallavägen 79
SE-100 44 Stockholm

For more information about the application procedure, please see the KTH CV template which should be followed as closely as possible. The CV template can be found at:

CV template for employment of teachers

All documents, including referred publications, should be filed in 3 copies each. These are to be packed in 3 identical parcels. All 3 copies must be marked with the reference number of the position: M-2013-1168


For further questions about the application procedure, please contact:

Helena Lundquist
Phone: +46-8-790 7174

Enquires about the position should be directed to:

Annika Borgenstam, Professor
Phone: +46-8-790 83 96


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