Doctoral student in Digital technologies for sustainable behaviour

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Human-Computer Interaction

You will work on exploring, designing, developing and evaluating new concepts for digital solutions with the aim of supporting individuals and households to change behaviors in a sustainable direction. You will initially work in two interconnected projects ( Designing digital technologies for supporting energy-related behavior change in the kitchen and Smart storage solutions in the fridge of the future to reduce food waste ) aimed at supporting individuals to make sustainable choices regarding food, food waste and energy use in kitchen and food contexts. Later, other areas related to sustainability may also be included, such as behavioral changes in travel, energy use and waste management.

You will work in the interdisciplinary research group MID4S, "Media Technology and Interaction Design for Sustainability" at the Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This group has recently started several new research projects and is at the forefront of research and teaching in the area of ICT and sustainability. For more information, see . We also work closely with the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Technology (SEED) , and together the groups will have 3-4 newly recruited doctoral students in similar areas who will work closely together.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Docent Cecilia Katzeff and Doctor Björn Hedin

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world. Read more
  • A compulsory individual study plan to support your development in your area of interest.
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH s doctoral student salary agreement .
  • Postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as a study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe s fastest-growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH .

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at an advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at an advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Language requirements
  • have a specialization (or experience) in the design or development of IT systems or -products, that focus on use and users, such as interaction design, human-computer interaction or computer science.

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH, you need to be goal-oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be based upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyze and work with complex issues
  • ability to come up with ideas and new approaches (creativity)
  • knowledge in psychology, behavioral science, programming and/or Swedish is a merit but no requirement
  • interest and engagement in topics related to project, such as sustainable development
  • academic writing in English.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives
You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website .

Doctoral section (Students union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
You will find contact information for the doctoral section on the section's website .

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • A CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions and certificates of fulfilled language requirements .These need to be translated into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports, including master thesis or similar: For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • Contact information to at least two references

Other information
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.

For information about the processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: J-2020-0296
Published: 2020-02-13
Last application date: 2020-03-05


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