Assistant Professor in Mathematics with emphasis towards complex systems

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Engineering Sciences

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 12,400 first and second level students, almost 1,900 doctoral students and 5,100 employees.

KTH is strengthening its research on a global scale. We are currently looking to recruit 13 Assistant Professors, whom we will offer the opportunity to develop both their research and their teaching. These recruitments are a part of a larger effort and will be conducted within broad areas, ranging from Mathematics and Bioelectronics to Sustainable Urban Development and Process Engineering. The new Assistant Professors will receive a four-year starting grant, and permanent base funding if they qualify as Associate Professors. For more information about the recruitment initiative, see the following web page:

Subject field

Mathematics with emphasis towards complex systems

Subject description

The subject should be interpreted in a broad sense and may include fundamental mathematical research, as well as applied mathematics and computational mathematics. Example of areas are nonlinear problems including dynamical systems and partial differential equations and related stochastic models, many-particle systems and statistical mechanics, graph theory and networks, multiscale problems including numerical methods, stochastic geometry, optimization of systems, analysis of and statistics for big data sets.


Research, teaching, supervision and some administrative duties. The teaching duty will not exceed 30% of the working time. As the position will be joint between two divisions of the department, the candidate is expected to contribute to the activities at both these divisions.

The Assistant Professor will be given the opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other faculty positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). The Assistant Professor will have the possibility to apply for promotion to Associate Professor


A person is eligible for appointment if they hold a degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise. Primarily, applicants should have attained a degree of Doctor or have acquired the equivalent expertise no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

Grounds of assessment

In the assessment, special importance will be put on research expertise within the subject field, demonstrated by international publications. Pedagogical expertise and ability to contribute to education in mathematical subjects is of significant importance. The applicant's long term development potential and ability to establish and develop cooperation within research and education is also of significant importance. Potential for research initiatives related to different mathematical activities at the department and at KTH is of importance.

It is of significant importance that the candidate has experience from research environments other than KTH. It is important that the applicant will be able to take on responsibility to change and renew his/her and the division’s research activities and establish independent research activities.

In addition, the applicant's potential to develop and lead research activities is of importance. This includes having knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on gender equality. Ability to collaborate with the surrounding society and to disseminate scientific information will also be taken into account.

Special grounds of assessment for promotion to Associate Professor

When assessing applications for promotion to Associate Professor, the applicant's ability to independently initiate and carry out research of high academic quality, published in international publications, the applicant's ability to obtain financing for research operations and the applicant’s pedagogic skills will be assessed. One special ground for assessment is the applicant's ability to independently establish collaborations and research specializations. Special consideration will be shown to displayed teaching and supervising expertise. It is of special importance that the applicant is able to teach in Swedish by the time of application to Associate Professor.


Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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Your application should follow  KTH´s CV template for employment of teachers. You are the main responsible to ensure that the application is complete according to the ad and CV template. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application. Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position.


Time limitation: The appointment is for an indefinite term, but no more than four 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 six years. The appointment is part of the Tenure Track system at KTH and the Assistant Professor may apply for promotion to tenured Associate Professor.

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: 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: S-2015-0166
1. Sandra Di Rocco/Professor, Phone: +46 8 790 71 68/ email:
2. Jenny Wiklund/Officer, question about application , Phone: +46 8 790 69 38/
Published: 24.Mar.2015
Last application date: 29.May.2015

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