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Assistant professor in sustainable metals

Publicerad 2022-09-30

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 The recruited scientist will be named a WISE Fellow and will, besides the support for own salary, receive a generous start-package including salary for two PhD students and two postdoctoral researchers. The WISE Fellow will participate in collaborations, education, and activities within the WISE program. 

Subject Area

Sustainable metals.

Subject description

The subject includes basic metallurgical studies with a focus on process phenomena that enable a transformation into a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient metal production and its by-products. The subject includes studies of how to create a circularity and a circular economy to support the ongoing and necessary transformation of the metal industry. Focus is on strengthening this transformation within, e.g. the steel, aluminium and copper industries, including industries that produce other metals such as rare earths and other important raw materials. Examples of research areas with a strong connection to sustainable metal production are i) new metallurgical processes, ii) substitution of critical raw materials, iii) reduced impact of harmful materials on society, and iv) optimization of energy needs for high-temperature processes.


The employment includes research, teaching, and supervision. The assistant professor is expected to create new networks within and outside KTH, develop the activities towards new research areas, experimentally as well as theoretically, and actively apply for research funding. The assistant professor is expected to teach at the undergraduate, advanced level, and postgraduate levels in the subject area. This includes the development of existing and new courses, the development of subject-specific educational programs, and the supervision of degree projects and doctoral students within the subject area. The assistant professor's activities are expected to contribute to fulfilling KTH's goals of 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 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 12 c of the Higher Education Ordinance.


An individual who has obtained a PhD or equivalent research expertise is qualified for appointment as an assistant professor. Candidates who met those qualifications within five years prior to expiration of the application period should be prioritized. Other candidates may also be considered if there are extraordinary grounds for doing so. Extraordinary grounds refer to illness, parental leave or similar circumstances.

Grounds of assessments

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

  • research expertise demonstrated through research publications, conference attendance, attendance of research cooperation and also other undertakings in the scientific community such as for example, 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 also the ability to establish, review and develop the research area in question.

Of second highest importance is that the applicant has

  • an interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.
  • Interest in collaboration with the surrounding society, including working and leading research projects in close collaboration with industrial partners.
  • postdoc visits to 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

  • an interest in and understanding of leadership in an academic environment, third-stream activities, and awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • administrative expertise.
  • ability to collaborate.

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. Of highest importance is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research specializations. It is also of highest importance that the applicant has displayed teaching and supervising expertise. 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).

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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.

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Anställningsform: visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader | Anställningens omfattning: heltid | Antal lediga befattningar: 1 | Sysselsättningsgrad: 100% | Ort: Stockholm | Län: Stockholms län | Land: Sweden | Referensnummer: VL-2022-0064 | Kontakt: Björn Glaser, Head of unit, Annika Borgenstam, Head of department, | Publicerat: 2022-07-08 | Sista ansökningsdag: 2022-10-19

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