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Postdoc in Human Movement Biomechanics

School of Engineering Sciences at KTH

Job description

We at KTH MoveAbility seek a post doc researcher in biomechanics of human movement.

Our research focuses on technology to decode, measure and enhance human movements, particularly in people with motor disabilities. The KTH MoveAbility research group is part of the Department of Engineering Mechanics. The Promobilia MoveAbility Lab is a well-equipped experimental research infrastructure, centrally located on KTH's campus, and in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary network of clinical and technical researchers and healthcare professionals.  The growing group is multicultural and multidisciplinary and is led by Professor Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik. 

The post doc position is financed by the Promobilia Foundation. The topic must fit into the group’s overall goals to quantify motor and sensory factors that contribute to movement deviations, to measure, model and simulate the musculoskeletal system, and to develop active movement assistive devices. Duties may include, in addition to research and scientific publication, experiments on human subjects, innovation, and teaching and co-supervising students.

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

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree in a topic of relevance for the project, for example, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, engineering mathematics, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, computer science with focus on human movement, robotics or biomedical engineering. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research expertise, demonstrated by high-quality scientific publications
  • Extensive knowledge of human movement
  • Experience with human movement analysis and/or musculoskeletal simulation
  • Good independence to take initiatives, combined with good collaborative and communication abilities
  • Social skills and ethical values needed to interact with and perform experiments on people with and without disabilities
  • Very good skills in English speaking and writing as it's required in the daily work

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Knowledge of ethical considerations and study design involving experiments on human subjects
  • Teaching and pedagogical skills, demonstrated by for instance supervision of undergraduate students
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Genuine desire to learn Swedish

    Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a statement 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.
  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge and a publication list.
  • 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.
  • Contact information to 2 references
  • PhD thesis and 2 selected published articles (both in pdf form)

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, at the most, 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.

About KTH

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. Read more here

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Lanie Gutierrez Farewik