Post Doc Positon in Architecture; Applied Urban Design

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in Architecture: Applied Urban Design

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

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.


At KTH School of Architecture, there is an ongoing initiative within Applied Urban Design supported by KTH and the Arwidsson Foundation. The aim is to contribute to theories, methods and tools with the ability to support an urban design practice. The research engages in the fields of urban morphology, spatial analysis, space syntax, and design theories and in many projects, a co-creation approach is applied.

Job description

The aim is to develop the understanding of the relation between the built environment – urban form and physical structures – and social processes. This includes architecture, urban design and spatial planning as influenced by cultural, economic, ecological and political phenomena while at the same time conditioning such phenomena, and this relation is critically explored.

The research is expected to engage with the role of architecture/urban design in relation to segregation, unequal living conditions, gentrification, directly or indirectly related to climate change challenges. How public space and resource distribution relates to questions of power and urban inequalities needs to be approached critically and analytically. Focus is upon how spatial configurations may be analysed, how living conditions and urban life may be mapped, and to work with pedagogical representations. The work will address inequalities and segregation, and the ‘just city’.

  • You will be part of a research group and contribute to the development of the subject and to the research environment. You will develop new knowledge and refine existing theories and methodologies.
  • You will engage in, the ongoing projects where we collaborate with municipalities/practitioners engaged in architecture and urban design.

What we offer

  • The possibility to conduct research in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities in the World.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic Environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • The doctoral degree must be in architecture or similar research field.
  • The candidate must be able to express himself/herself well in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collaborate with others both in academia and in practice and holds great communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct independent work.

Preferred qualifications

  • Scientific and scholarly skills in the research subject
  • Research proposal fitting the defined research area and contributing to the development of the subject Applied Urban Design
  • Knowledge within urban analysis and mapping, e.g. gis and space syntax
  • Ability to collaborate with practitioners within architecture, urban design, planning and/or other relevant fields
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Critical and analytical reflection upon problems
  • Relate to challenges within architecture-, planning-, urban design practice and to theoretical and methodological questions
  • It is an advantage if the candidate understands Swedish and is able to understand policy documents, regulations etc. in Swedish.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

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

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional and academic experience and knowledge.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct postdoctoral research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Describe briefly how you understand the subject Applied Urban Design and why you want to contribute to this field (max 2 pages).
  • 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.
  • List of relevant and representative publications, reports or projects. For longer work please add a link and just include a short abstract (max 15 ref./15 pages).

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.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment start date according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2020-0670
Ann Legeby, professor,
Eva Huring, HR-handläggare, +46 8 790 64 09
Published 16.Mar.2020
Last application date 07.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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