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.

The doctoral position is located within the Division for History of Science, Technology and Environment, where we conduct research and education about technological, scientific, and environmental change in historical perspective. Our starting point is that science and technology are cultural elements that comprise and challenge the circumstances for life on earth, and that historical studies are central for understanding social changes in the present and future.

Job description

Within the division the doctoral student will work with the project Greening the Poles: Science, the Environment, and the Creation of the Modern Arctic and Antarctic (GRETPOL). GRETPOL is a major project financed by the European Research Council (ERC) with the aim of understanding the development of environmental science and politics in the polar regions during the period 1945-1991, in transnational historical perspective. 

This doctoral project investigates environmental knowledge in the Arctic or Antarctic from a historical perspective. Potential areas of study include the development of institutional and administrative structures for environmental protection, debates concerning natural resource extraction and conservation, relations between scientific research programs and indigenous peoples in the Arctic, the development of national parks as political instruments, and environmental science in the context of colonization and decolonization. The project is expected to include a strong Russian dimension, though not necessarily with an exclusive focus on Russian material.


The application is expected to be able to read and write English at a high level and to communicate fluently in spoken English. The application must have a high level of competence in the Russian language. Competence in at least one language spoken by an indigenous Arctic community (eg Nenets, Inuktitut) will be considered favorably.

Demonstrated competence working in the Russian language.

The applicant must have completed at least 240 points of education at university level or can document achievements at a corresponding level. Strong preference is given to students with a completed degree at Masters level. The applicant must document capacity to write a substantial and original text within a relevant academic discipline.

The applicant should have the ability to work collaboratively within a large research project and a willingness to conduct archival research in foreign locations for prolonged periods- 

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2017-09-01
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2017-0355
  • Peder Roberts, Researcher, pwrobert@kth.se
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 10.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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