Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering; Separation Processes
Royal Institute of Technology

Assistant professor in Chemical engineering, focus on separation processes


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.


Subject area

Chemical engineering with focus on separation processes

Subject description

The subject comprises chemical separation processes, including the underlying mechanisms, the configuration of single unit operations, and the design of full separation systems. Sustainability aspects are of central importance. The subject covers chemical separation processes for recycling materials and consumer products, and for extracting valuable materials from industrial residual and waste streams. The subject also covers the separation technology that needs to be developed for the production of chemicals from renewable raw materials (biochemical production and bio refineries), as well as separation technology in other chemical production.


Job description

The position includes research, supervision of doctoral students and teaching in the subject area. The assistant professor is also expected to teach courses outside her/his own subject area, for example in the various chemistry-oriented education programs provided by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. Bachelor level teaching takes place in Swedish, while higher courses are given in English. The applicant is expected to be able to teach in both English and Swedish when being promoted to associate professor.


The assistant professor will be given the opportunity to develop the independence as a researcher and gain credentials that may give eligibility for another teaching position for which higher requirements are required (see Chapter 4, §12a of the Higher Education Ordinance). The assistant professor may apply for promotion to associate professor in accordance with Chapter 4. § 12c of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Eligibility requirements


Persons eligible for employment are those who have been awarded a PhD degree, or achieved the equivalent scientific competence. Priority is given to candidates who have been awarded a PhD degree within the last five years before the application deadline. However, even those who have completed their doctorate or have obtained equivalent qualifications in the past may qualify for special reasons. Special reasons include leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.


Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as an assistant professor at KTH apply the criteria set out in section 1.3. in KTH's employment scheme in relation to an established employment profile.


It is of utmost importance that the applicant has

  • demonstrated scientific proficiency in chemical engineering with a focus on separation processes, through scientific publication, conference participation, research cooperation, and other commitments in the scientific community such as, for example, audit or expert assignments.

  • the potential to qualify for higher teacher recruitment. This includes the potential for independent development as a researcher and teacher in the subject area as well as the ability to establish, renew and develop the research area in question.

It is of second most importance that the applicant has

  • ability and practical experience of problem solving and implementation of newly acquired knowledge through, for example, experimental or computational methods.

  • interest in and insight into pedagogical development in the subject area.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • interest in and insight into leadership in the academy, collaboration with the surrounding community, and awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a special focus on gender equality.

  • administrative skills.

  • postdoctoral student stay in a research environment other than the university where the applicant was a doctoral student. In application-related areas, experience from research and development work in industry or other organizations can be considered to correspond to a traditional post-doctoral stay at another university.


Specific assessment criteria for promotion to Associate Professor

When assessing the application for promotion to associate professor, the applicant's ability to independently initiate and conduct research of high scientific quality, published in international journals and conference volumes, as well as the applicant's ability to obtain funding for research activities will be evaluated.

Of special significance is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research directions. Especially important is also that the applicant has shown proficiency in teaching and supervision. The ability to teach in Swedish is a credit that will be 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

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.

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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 Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly pay
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2019-0955
Carina Lagergren, Head of Department,
Kerstin Forsberg, Head of Division,
Published 20.Nov.2019
Last application date 12.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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