Postdoc in Energy History (2 years) Apply before September 20 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment

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

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of ten schools at KTH. We employ about 700 people and we have about 3 000 students. We have a unique breadth of subject range where we educate and research on future society, about how cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed and built. On how to create a good living environment for people while taking into account environmental, energy, economic and social factors. We are proud of the good relations we have with industry and other players in the world.

Research and education at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment focus on technological change from a historical perspective. A starting point is that technology and science are cultural phenomena that shape and affect conditions for life on earth. Equally fundamental to our work is the idea that historical studies are crucial for understanding present situations as well as future developments

Job description

The post-doctoral researcher will be part of a dynamic research environment with a long track record in energy studies and in which historical studies are seamlessly integrated with studies with a more present-day focus.

Funded by the STandUp for Energy-strategic research programme (, the post-doc will further play an important part in strengthening the historical and societal dimension of KTH’s energy-oriented research.

The post-doc will carry out research about the history of energy supply. Within this broad frame, the post-doc will have considerable flexibility in defining his or her own research focus.

The post-doc may also be asked to participate, on a smaller scale (10-20%), in teaching and tasks of a more administrative character.


The successful applicant holds a PhD in history, STS, innovation studies or a related field. The PhD degree shall have been obtained within the last three years. Very good English skills are a must, since the post-doc will be working in a multi-cultural research environment and will be expected to publish in English. Earlier experience with energy-historical research is a plus.

Trade union representatives

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The application should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Brief research statement with a description of your research so far and future research goals and interests
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Names and addresses of two or more reference persons

Please observe that all the documents above should be in English (or for official documents possibly in Swedish).

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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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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2017-1741
  • Per Högselius, Universitetslektor, +46 8 790 8515
  • Sabine Höhler, Avdelningschef, +46 8 790 8741
Published 31.Aug.2017
Last application date 20.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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