Doctoral student in Sustainable Energy Transformations in Aviation

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Sep 2020

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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Industrial economics and management.

Project: The overall purpose of the project is to contribute to knowledge that will accelerate sustainable energy transformations in aviation, with a focus on bio-based jet fuels and electric aircrafts. The project will be exploring the socio-technical opportunities and barriers related to these transformations. The project is intended to be an interdisciplinary collaboration between three doctoral students and their supervisors at KTH and Linköping University. The project is funded for 4 years by the Swedish Energy Agency.

The doctoral student at INDEK KTH will in this project investigate what different opportunities there are for implementing a sustainable energy transition in the aviation sector. The doctoral student is part of a research group that works with a sustainable transformation of the Swedish energy system and Swedish industry. The doctoral student is part of KTH's doctoral program "Industrial Economics and Organization" in addition to participation in the Graduate School of Energy Systems.

The doctoral student must focus her/his research on the following sub-areas:
- previous energy transitions in the aviation sector
- modeling of future energy transitions in the aviation sector, with a focus on bio-based    jet fuels and electric aircrafts
- business models for energy transitions in the aviation sector
- socio-technical energy transitions in the aviation sector

The project will use qualitative research methods like interviews, case study research, as well as quantitative research methods such as energy modelling.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be placed at the Royal Institute of Technology and supervised by: Dr. Frauke Urban, Associate Professor in the Management of Sustainable Energy Systems, INDEK, ITM.

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 workplace with 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 .
  • To become part of the SIDE unit, which researches and teaches Sustainability, Industrial Dynamics and Entrepreneurship, at the Department of Industrial Economics & Management INDEK


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 .


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 assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

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

Target degree: Doctoral Exam
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

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

You will find contact information for 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/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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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
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: M-2020-1442

  • Frauke Urban, Associate professor,
  • Helena Lundquist, HR,
  • Published: 2020-09-10
    Last application date: 2020-09-28

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