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Funded PhD position; in Production Engineering – Circular Manufacturing Systems; at School of Industrial Engineering and Management; KTH Royal Institute of Technology; in Sweden

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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Activities at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management cover the Engineering, Technological and Economic knowledge necessary to be able to develop new products, material and production processes in a sustainable fashion as concerns Technical management, Financial Profitability and the Environment. One precondition for innovation and enterprise is the study and application of basic physical and chemical phenomena as well as the integration of new, often multidisciplinary technologies, methods and tools. Core knowledge areas include Energy Technology, Industrial Design and Innovation, Product and Production Development, Materials Development, Micro and Nano Technology as well as Industrial Economics, Organisation and Management.

Production engineering (IIP) includes techniques which mainly concern engineer technical development of products, processes, systems and methods that have direct impact on this production. The area includes everything from engineering aspects of manufacturing to assembly of components for functional products and recycling issues associated with these disciplines.

Job description

As a PhD student, you will be working with different aspects of circular manufacturing systems (CMS), especially to bring forward a model for assessing and quantifying economic and environmental value for all stakeholders (OEM, customers, suppliers and the society) involved in the context of Circular Economy (CE). You will be systematically analyzing the aspects of value creation, delivery, use, recovery and reuse in the context of CE in ordered to understand how these aspects impact the economic and environmental performance in different stages of a CMS. These findings should then be mapped from the perspective of industrial implementation of CMS.  Furthermore, you will support in ongoing research activities in the area for further technical development and reporting both as project deliverables and scholarly publications.

Furthermore, you are expected to:

  • contribute and support in generating new research ideas that can lead to research proposals.
  • have the ability to generate short-term research ideas for student and concept testing projects.
  • be open-mined in collaborating with other researchers in similar topics

In addition to the above, you will participate in teaching activities as well as supervision of thesis work by students at the undergraduate and advanced level


To be qualified for this position you must hold a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering with Production Engineering as the specialization. A B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering is a plus. It is important that you have knowledge in topics of industrial management and production engineering. Courses in production planning, modeling and simulation of production, product lifecycle management, CAD and CAM, manufacturing technology, product design, supply chain management and business model will be highly valued in selecting the candidate.

It is important that you are well organized, can assess systematically existing research documents and critically analyse the existing work relevant to implementation of Circular Manufacturing Systems. Having experience from similar activities in the past will be highly valued.

As the following step (after finding interdependencies and interlinks) you will be working with objectively defining the relationships among different aspects of the circular systems. Therefore, it is desired that the candidate has experience from statistics that deals with planning, analyzing and interpreting experimental tests to evaluate critical factors to study their relationships.

The position requires independent work, and you are expected to help lead the international research field. Good knowledge of speech and technical writing in English is necessary to publish and present research results at international conferences and journals. You should also be able to express yourself orally in Swedish or be willing to learn Swedish. We will place great importance to your personal suitability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH:s webbpage.


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.

Your application should include the following information/documents: Curriculum Vitae, Personal Letter, copy of degree certificate from previous university degree including grades and a brief explanation of why you want to engage in research studies.

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).


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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 Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: M-2017-1129

Amir Rashid, Associate Professor, +46 8 790 63 73

Maya Salame, HR officer, +46 8 790 76 53

Published: 2017-09-14
Deadline: September 25, 2017

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