Doctoral Position in User Centred Design of Smart Grids for Households

Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Built Environment

Doctoral Student in User Centred Design of Smart Grids for Households

School of Architecture and Built Environment at 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.

The SEED department is hiring a PhD student for interdisciplinary research on social aspects of the future electricity system. The successful candidate will be part of the European research school, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, and the GECKO project (ESR 11), to work with 12 other doctoral students within an interdisciplinary consortium of nine European academic and industrial institutions, with support from 6 European industrial partners and Stanford University.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Planning and Decision Analysis, with specialization in Environmental Strategic Analysis

The PhD project is motivated by a sustainable future, including a transformation of the energy system. The project applies human centred design to implement smart electrical grids in people’s everyday lives, recognizing the heterogeneity of households. The PhD project will apply existing knowledge in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and design research to the area of smart grids.

Candidates for the position are expected to have a social science background combined with knowledge in e.g. HCI, media technology, and sustainable development. Candidates with purely technical backgrounds will not qualify for the position.

Supervision

The doctoral student will be supervised by Associate professor Cecilia Katzeff and Lecturer Daniel Pargman

What we offer

  • Possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • Many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • A designed training programme offered by KTH and the GECKO network
  • International secondments to other organisations within the GECKO network.

Eligibility

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 advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.

Selection

During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach 
  • analyse and work with complex issues
  • formulate scientific texts and
  • create design ideas

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

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.

  • In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
  • Moreover, the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Union representatives

Contact information on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Contact information on the section's website.

Application

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/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • 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)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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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.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September 2021
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2021-0588
Contact
Cecilia Katzeff, ckatzeff@kth.se
Published 08.Apr.2021
Last application date 14.May.2021 11:59 PM CET