Post-doc in Sustainability of Energy and Water Systems

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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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.

Job description

The Division of Energy and Climate Studies (ECS) works with research, education and policy issues. The research projects involve cooperation with academics, public sector and industry partners. ECS was created in 2007 and reflects KTH's efforts to increase interdisciplinary research in energy. The Water Center is a collaborative effort to promote water innovation for a sustainable future. The Center brings together experts, practitioners and policy makers, offering an arena for knowledge creation and exchange. This postdoc position is part of a project led by the Water Center and brings together multiple actors to address disruptive system innovation in water and energy systems in the Stockholm region and Sweden as a whole.

The postdoc is part of the FORMAS-funded project Ensuring sustainability and equality of water and energy systems during actor-driven disruptive innovation, The post doc will be part of the project team and work with specific tasks defined in the project plan. The postdoc is placed in the Energy and Climate Studies group at the Department of Energy Technology.

Within the project, scenarios are developed around the use of heat and water, and the introduction of innovative technologies for efficiency improvements in buildings. The scenarios shall explore efficiency within different system boundaries (i.e the building, district heating system, water treatment system) and from different stakeholder perspectives. Innovations, value creation and potential disruptive effects will be analysed. Key parameters include change in water and energy flows, temperature variations, climate mitigation impact and socio-economic effects. In other words, energy efficiency is analysed from technical, institutional and business points of view. 


To qualify for this position, the candidate has to have a doctoral degree, not older than 3 years, in technical science, engineering or other system-oriented relevant area. Cross-disciplinarity is very important. Education in economic and institutional analysis, as well as policy dimensions are relevant and meritorious.

Doctoral degrees relevant for the position in question are focused on energy and water system analysis or other relevant topics. 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 energy and water scenario and systems analysis with emphasis on energy and water efficiency and reduction of climate impact. Knowledge and skills in system approach and modelling is very important, together with a cross-disciplinary approach. Experience in policy and market-related research is an asset. The candidate is expected to interact with colleagues and contribute to the project in question. The candidate is expected to share research results in seminars, publish in peer review journals in collaboration with other researchers in the team, and help promote the project and KTH internationally. The candidate is expected to interact with the ECS team and contribute in discussions, courses and joint initiatives.

Knowledge of Swedish is highly desirable for this position. International experience is an asset. Experience with spatial visualization i.e GIS are considered positive. Documented work with popular science in social media is meritorious.

We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Experience of research with interdisciplinary and system-oriented projects particularly with energy, water and climate
  • Cooperative and pro-active
  • Ability to work in group and independently
  • Structured, focused and purposeful
  • Good communication skills

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and suitability.

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.

As part of the application, the candidate shall present and CV and a short paper of 1-2 A4 pages containing (i) examples of how interfaces between water and energy issues can be explored to make buildings and/or energy and water systems more efficient, and (ii) motivation as to how the candidate can contribute to address these types of issues.

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: August 2019
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: M-2019-0659


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  2. Maya Öberg, HR officer ( HR matters only), +46 (8) 790 76 53