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

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Technology and Learning

We invite applications from well qualified and highly motivated individual to join our research group in learning in Engineering Sciences at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The successful applicants will be appointed to doctoral candidate positions in the Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences under the supervision of Professor Arnold Pears and Associate Professor Lena Gumaelius.

You will work in a world-class research team investigating aspects of the learning experience in STEM and the relationship between enthusiasm for STEM studies, personal identity, curriculum and instruction and prior formal and non-formal learning experiences.   The positions have a specific focus on development of engineering and STEM education to prepare graduates for the future in a manner relevant to the needs and expectations of all sectors of our society.

What we offer

As a doctoral student in the Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences you join a world-leading research environment with focus on understanding and improving learning in STEM at all levels from pre-school to post-university studies and life-long learning. Our staff are active researchers and teachers in STEM education, online and digital learning, leadership and organisation and global competencies. More information about our research and research areas can be found on the following link www.kth.se/larande/forskningsomraden.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The applicant must hold a relevant second cycle degree, for instance a five year engineering degree or a Masters degree in any area of Natural Sciences, Technology or Engineering from a recognised higher education institution. Those nearing completion of a second cycle degree are also encouraged to apply, however, appointment to the position is conditional upon holding a completed degree at the time of enrolment. Additional merit will be awarded to candidates with documented experience in disciplinary based education research (DBER), teacher training qualifications and/or courses in pedagogy, didactics or scholarship of teaching and learning.

A successful applicant will demonstrate considerable interest for research and development, be independent and highly motivated with excellent critical thinking skills and excellent collaboration and communication skils.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

In addition to these formal qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree:Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.


Apply for the position and admission through KTH:s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET / CEST (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • Applications must include the following elements:
  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH´s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2018-0849
  • Arnold Pears, Professor, +46 70 087 70 40
  • Lena Gumaelius, Associate Professor, +46 8 790 97 65
  • Maya Öberg, HR Officer (for HR matters), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 14.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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