Postdoc in methods of optimizing sustainability performance, KTH, Sweden

Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 12 Jan 2018

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Engineering and Management

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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Department of Machine Design is active in research and education within product realization. Specific areas are: Machine elements, Machine Design, Mechatronics and Embedded control systems, Internal Combustion Engines, Integrated product development,Innovation and Industrial Design.

Job description

The Research Center Integrated Transport Research Lab, ITRL, is a collaboration between KTH, Scania and Ericsson with the aim of developing and demonstrating new concepts for sustainable mobility. At ITRL, we have a system perspective, where we integrate knowledge and research from various disciplines at KTH. Read more about ITRL here:  

An important area for the sustainable transport of the future is self-driven and connected vehicles on the road as well as services based on this new technology, and their impact on the transportation system, travel habits, and technology needs, etc. At ITRL, several projects are being carried out in the area of self-driven vehicles, both in urban and out-of-cities areas.

This postdoc will contribute to these projects by evaluating the system level effects of self-driving connected vehicles from an integrated perspective. Among the interesting effects are the impact of vehicles on capacity and accessibility in the traffic system, importance for maintenance and infrastructure, impact on business ecosystems, user behavior, and environmental impacts.

The duties cover research into system effects of new mobility concepts such as self-driving vehicles and mobility services, and include both development of methods and frameworks as well as case studies and assessments of ongoing trials. Research will take an integrated approach, and integrate multiple perspectives (e.g. sustainability, usability, technology, business), and includes both method acquisition and system effect analysis. The research is cross disciplinary, and will include collaboration with researchers from several different fields

The tasks consist of three main areas:

– Research, including methodology and system-level modeling, analysis of results, writing scientific publications, presentation at national and international conferences

– Project management of research projects related to the research area

– To contribute to the Center’s activities and development, as well as to write applications for research projects


We are looking for a person with a Ph.D., taken no later than 3 years ago, within an area relevant to the position. To qualify for the position, you have the ability to understand and analyze system-level challenges. Your communicative ability in English is fluent in both oral and writing communication, and you have a proven ability to publish high quality scientific articles. As a person, you have good teamwork ability, where you can interact with both internal and external players. You are independent in your work, and have a good analytical ability in your research. It is positive if you have a good structure and organization in your work.

It is meritorious if you, in addition to the above, meet one or more of the following statements:

  • – you are communicative in spoken and written in Swedish
  • – you are independent in running project work in collaborative projects
  • – you have experience with analysis and method development to understand system effects
  • – you have experience in the mobility / transport industry
  • – you have experience in project management
  • – you have good knowledge of system-level modeling
  • – you have experience with work with impact analysis and key ratios
  • – you have experience in creating applications for research projects
  • – you have a broad network in the transport industry in Sweden or internationally

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH:s webbpage.


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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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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2017-1560
  • Anna Pernestål Brenden, Director, +46 8 790 73 24
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer, +46 8 790 76 53
Published 24.Nov.2017
Last application date 12.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET

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