KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

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.

Subject field

Environmental Physiology

Subject description

The subject concerns studies on the influence of environmental factors on physiological responses in humans. The subject comprises four research fields: high-altitude physiology, thermal physiology, gravitational physiology and diving physiology. Research questions within the subject may vary from basic science-related to applied, of which the latter commonly concerns development of protective equipment and strategies that will enable humans to tolerate extreme environments.


The assistant professor is expected to conduct experiments on humans within the fields of thermal, gravitational and high-altitude physiology, predominantly at the human-use centrifuge and hypobaric chamber at KTH; simulation of weightlessness is performed using the “bed-rest model”. The assistant professor is also expected to independently perform data analyses and write scientific articles, and to initiate, plan and prepare for experiments, including applying for ethics approval and for research funding.

The assistant professor is expected to participate in teaching at basic as well as advanced level, in particular in KTH courses concerning Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Physiology, Physiology in Extreme Environments, Applied Physical Training Theory for Warfare and Medical Technology.

Research-related duties will constitute 75% and teaching-related duties 25% of the work.

The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop his/her independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow him/her 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.


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 special reasons for doing so. Special reasons 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 the applicant’s

  • Degree of subject-relevant 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 the applicant’s

  • Interest in and understanding of pedagogical development within the subject field in question.
  • Postdoc visits to a research environment other than the university at which the applicant defended his/her 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.
  • 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.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • A degree of administrative and other expertise.

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 science journals, 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.

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.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

For more information regarding KTH's assessment, see Appointments procedure for teachers at the Royal Institute of Technology

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number H-2017-0280
  • Ola Eiken, professor, +46 8 - 790 48 03, eiken@kth.se
  • Petra Rosenquist, handläggare, + 46 8 - 790 69 97, petraro@kth.se
Published 11.Jun.2018
Last application date 31.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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