KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Postdoc in sustainable Climate Action

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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 KTH Climate Action Centre is a highly collaborative, research-focused and unbiased centre uniting changes in technology, policy and society with:

  • Disruptive multi-disciplinary climate action research
  • Engagement with students and citizens
  • Collaboration with policy and business

The KTH Climate Action Centre aims to address climate action in synergy with the SDGs. The intention with addressing climate together with broader sustainable development is that while climate change hinders progress towards nearly all SDGs, well-planned climate mitigation and adaptation could help unlock the large majority of the SDG targets. However, some key trade-offs exist and their considerations are crucial for gaining social and political support for climate action.

The Postdoc will join the vibrant new centre and aid its startup phase with a variety of research and leadership activities. The postdoc will focus on strategic research on sustainable climate action, meaning climate mitigation and adaptation that is harmonized with the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals locally and globally.

Research projects will be developed with a variety of partners to the Climate Action Centre, such as international and national agencies working with climate action, and the private sector.

The postdoc will join the Climate Action Centre Director in strategic decisions on the research foci for the centre – and assume leadership for a variety of initiatives and research projects.

The postdoc will also work with engagement-related efforts, including leading the communication engagement with selected partners and being involved in the engagement of students and citizens.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • The opportunity for personal development and grow the national and international research network

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH


You have worked extensively on climate action-related themes, including how climate mitigation and adaptation projects may affect positively or negatively the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. You have worked on multidisciplinary climate-action-related projects, using qualitative and quantitative methods to support decision-making on climate mitigation and adaptation. You have worked and developed a network with international stakeholders on climate action and demonstrated some level of project leadership skills.

You are an independent and innovative researcher, capable of starting and managing research projects with a variety of partners.

You have worked in engaging diverse stakeholders on climate action related-themes, such as international and national organizations, students and the public.


  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree on climate-action-related themes, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume)
  • Proficient in the English language
  • Relevant multi-disciplinary published work in the field of climate action

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge and skills on climate adaptation, climate mitigation, and climate policy and projects harmonization with the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Previous work with international organizations working with climate action
  • Previous work with national entities working with climate action
  • Previous work in engagement activities on climate action, especially with students, broader citizens and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrable knowledge working with collaborators from diverse scientific fields, encompassing natural and social sciences
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH.se


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.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • A brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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).

About the employment

The position offered is for two years

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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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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: 1st of February 2022 or according to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: M-2021-2228
  1. Francesco Fuso-Nerini, francesco.fusonerini@energy.kth.se
Published: 2021-11-18
Last application date: 2021-12-13

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