Postdoc Research: circular economy with focus on energy, KTH, Sweden

Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 10 Dec 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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.

Job description

The Division of Energy and Climate Studies (ECS) works with research, education and policy in four thematic areas: bioenergy systems, energy for sustainable development, energy efficiency and urban sustainability. The research projects are usually related to two or more thematic areas and involve cooperation with academics, public sector and industry partners. Energy and climate policy relevance is aimed for in all projects. ECS is also responsible for a number of master and PhD courses. ECS was created in 2007 and reflects KTH’s efforts to increase interdisciplinary research in energy in collaboration with several actors in society.

The KTH-ITM school has launched a major initiative focusing on circular economy (CE). One step in this initiative is the formation of a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the development of theoretical and applied concepts and solutions to promote the circular economy. Within the program, a number of post-doc positions have been created.

In this post-doc position, we investigate the role of energy efficiency in the circular economy and its importance for reducing climate impact.

Research can focus on energy efficiency in several contexts such as interfaces to industry, transport and buildings, production systems or material flows. Transformations and transitions should be examined at theoretical and practical level. Impact on material and energy efficiency as well as implementation of production and functional systems that close loops is of prime interest. How policy and planning can control a circular economy is another area of great interest.

On the one hand, the circular economy must take into account the energy flows. CE shall strive to minimize the energy need for reuse, upgrading and recycling of materials in the life cycle of multiple products. Research on energy-related concepts is required to support the development of theories and methods within the circular economy. On the other hand, the transformation towards a CE will meet challenges, not least in terms of implementation. Thus, the postdoc research may also include case studies with specific industries or cities as a way to explore the application of solutions and / or the implementation of conversions towards increased sustainability. Institutional, financial and policy instruments can be analyzed. Different analytical levels may be considered, for example sectoral and geographical (ie national or global).


To qualify for postdoc employment at ECS, the candidate needs to demonstrate scientific, pedagogical and communication skills, as well as have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years.

Doctoral degrees can be in technical science, economics or other relevant background. Cross-disciplinarity is very important. We, therefore, look for candidates with experience in interdisciplinary projects particularly on energy efficiency and climate impacts. The successful candidate has academic publications in leading scientific journals, having educational experience and communication skills. She/he is motivated to work in a multidisciplinary and international team in an academic environment. Very good English is crucial.

The assessment of candidates focuses in particular on demonstrated scientific skills in the field of circular economy with emphasis on energy efficiency and reduction of climate impact. Knowledge and skills in system approach is crucial. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are of interest. Experience in policy and market-related research is an asset. The candidate is expected to interact with colleagues and contribute to ongoing projects and education at the ITM school, especially the circular economy initiative. The candidate is expected to share research results in seminars, publish in peer review journals in collaboration with other researchers and help promote the research area internationally.

Experience with writing research applications is positive. Knowledge of Swedish is a meritorious. International experience is of great importance. Documented work with popular science in social media is meritorious.

As a person, you are cooperative and have a good ability to work in group as well as independently. You are structured, focused and purposeful in your work. It’s advantageous if you are creative and diligent as well.

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 (appr. Jan 2018)
Salary Monthy salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2017-1508
  • Semida Silveira, Professor, +46 8 790 74 69
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer, +46 8 790 76 53
Published 15.Nov.2017
Last application date 10.Dec.2017 11:59 PM CET

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