Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för industriell teknik och management

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.

The Department for Sustainable production development (HPU) is a leader in sustainable production with the goal of contributing to industrial renewal by education and research for future needs. We are a dynamic, innovative and creative environment driven by curiosity and a goal-oriented will to create a brighter future. Our campus environment in Södertälje is a live meeting place for learning, research and innovation where different actors, disciplines, sectors and organizations meet.

Job description

KTH is building, in close cooperation with Scania and AstraZeneca, a novel research and education environment at the department for Sustainable Production Development in Södertälje at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management. We are now expanding the research group with researchers and doctoral students in the fields of production logistics, production management and industrial dependability. This postdoctoral position is part of the expansion and focuses on production logistics and will, among other things, work within the framework of the new 3-year SMART PM research project on data acquisition, data analysis, time setting and key performance measures for materials handling and production logistics. This is achieved, for example, by developing methods for structuring and automatically collecting and processing large amounts of data in manual and semi-automatic materials handling and subsequently link models and decision support for effective follow-up, planning and optimization of complex production and logistics systems.

The position concerns a postdoctoral position in the field of production logistics. You are expected to qualify as a researcher in the field of production logistics with active involvement in projects at the department of Sustainable Production Development at KTH in Södertälje, mainly in the project SMART PM (Sustainable Manufacturing by Automated and Real-Time Performance Management). The teaching takes place in civil engineering programs and master's programs at the department. The research and education are conducted in close cooperation with Swedish industrial companies, including the partner companies Scania and AstraZeneca. The education is in Swedish and English, so ability or ambition to express yourself in Swedish and English in speech and writing facilitates the work. Participation in national and international networks as well as involvement in the department’s future project development are included.


We are looking for an applicant with a Ph.D., taken no longer than three years ago, in Production Engineering, Production Management, Logistics, Computer Science, Industrial Economics or equivalent area relevant to the focus of the position. It is meritorious if you have a M.Sc. within Production.

To qualify for the position, you have:

  • Knowledge of production systems and logistic processes in manufacturing industry
  • Knowledge of smart production, Industry 4.0 and digitization of production and logistics
  • Applicants should have good research and publication merits
  • Experience and interest in applied research projects in collaboration with external industry partners
  • Excellent ability to express yourself in writing and speaking in English
  • Ability or expressed ambition to learn Swedish in text and speech

It is considered meritorious if you have:

  • Knowledge and experience of advanced analysis tools for data handling in production or logistics
  • Knowledge and experience of methods-time measurement, key performance measures, performance measurement systems and its development
  • Experience in project applications and participation in EU projects
  • Experience of having worked in industry

As a person, you are independent with the ability and interest to contribute to a team's development. You have good analytical and problem solving skills. You are interested in knowledge exchange and can have pedagogical dialogues with different partners. Further on, you have a good ability to formulate direct project ideas for student projects, as well as more comprehensive and long-term research ideas. In addition to the above, it is advantageous if you have:

  • A great driving force and creativity in your work
  • A network within the production area
  • An interest to translate research findings and new knowledge into a format that fits industrial applications

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.

Your application should include the following information/documents:

1. Curriculum Vitae (incl. relevant professional experiences and skills)

2. Cover Letter (incl. a brief motivation to why you want to engage in research studies, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and goals, max. 2 pages)

3. Copy of degree certificate from previous university degree including grades (translated into Swedish or English if the documents are in other languages)

4. Publications or technical reports (for documents longer than 10 pages: add the abstract and a link to the full version)

5. Contact information to two references (that we can contact if you proceed to the last step in the process)

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).


We value the qualities an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can give to the organization. It is also advantageous if the applicant has social skills and interest in contributing to the development of a creative and inspiring research environment.


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

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 agrement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Södertälje
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2018-0916
  • Magnus Wiktorsson, Professor, +46 8 790 94 28
  • Maya Öberg, HR officer (for HR matters), +46 8 790 76 53
Published 23.Jun.2018
Last application date 17.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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