Positions at KI
Below you find the different positions that are used at KI.
Unlike other recruitments, a PhD student is recruited to a place in an education program and not to an employment. This means that the process and regulations are partly different, but the need to choose the right candidate is as important for recruitment of doctoral students as in other recruitments. It should be noted that the chance of a successful recruitment increases if the offered individual research training is defined in advance and a correct requirement profile is formulated.
An appointment as postdoctoral is a time-limited career-development position with a main focus on research. An appointment as post doc is as a first career step after the dissertation. A person can be employed as post doc at KI for a maximum of four years (Limitation of time according to LAS, max 2 years, and according to the collective agreement on fixed term employment as post-doctoral student (PKA) max 2 years. Qualifying to be employed as post-doctoral student according to the collective agreement (PKA) is the one who holds a doctoral degree within the past three years. When employed according to PKA, the employment may be extended if there are special reasons. Special reasons refers to leave due to illness, parental leave, clinical duty, commission of trust in unions or other similar circumstances. Please note that post-doctoral scholarships are not included within these four years.
Scholarship for postdoctoral studies may be granted to persons residing in other countries who comes to Sweden with the intention of staying in Sweden for all or part of their postdoctoral education at KI. Persons resident in Sweden and / or have completed full or part of their academic education at KI or any other university in Sweden cannot qualify for a scholarship from KI.
Assistant Professor is a time limited career development position with the possibility to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. The period as Assistant Professor is normally after the period as a postdoctoral researcher or an equivalent position. To qualify for a position as Assistant Professor a candidate must have graduated with a PhD no more than five years before the application deadline. The duration of employment as Assistant Professor can vary from a minimum of four years to a maximum of six, which should be decided by the university prior to the employment. An Assistant Professor has the right to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. If the Assistant Professor fulfills the assessment criteria for Senior Lecturer at KI and the special promotion criteria he/she can be promoted to Senior Lecturer and receive a permanent position. For more information regarding promotion, please visit To apply for promotion from Assistant Professor to Senior Lecturer.
Lecturer is a teacher's employment with the principle task of taking care of education. Eligibility requirements for Lecturer are pedagogical skills and, in general, doctoral degree / equivalent within the relevant field of study for the assignments.
An Adjunct Lecturer at KI shall have their main employment and activities outside the higher education sector. The purpose of the employment is to contribute expertise that is not generally found within the ordinary activities and which are necessary for education of high quality.
A Principal Researcher has a doctoral degree and has achieved sufficient research expertise to be a Research Leader
Those eligible for employment as a Research Specialist are those who have a doctoral degree and have documented research experience after the defense of the PhD thesis. A Research Specialist’s duties include research activities within the framework of a research group or core facility.
Senior Research Specialist
A Senior Research Specialist’s duties include research activities within the framework of a research group or core facility. The employment as a Senior Research Specialist usually takes place after the qualification period as a Research Specialist, post doc, Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor/ forskarassistent) or equivalent. A Senior Research Specialist is a researcher who has a doctoral degree but who is not a Research Leader.
Senior lecturer is the second highest employment as a teacher. All Senior lecturers at KI must demonstrate both research and teaching expertise.You can apply for an advertised senior lectureship or if you are employed as Assistant Professor you can apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. The position Senior Lecturer can also look different depending on its profile. An applicant can choose between applying for a Senior Lectureship with a focus on research where high requirements are placed on the scientific expertise or applying for a Senior Lectureship with a focus on education and research where high requirements are placed on the teaching expertise. For more information about the assessment criteria for Senior Lecturers see the instructions for appointments procedure for teachers at KI.
An Adjunct senior lecturer at KI shall have the main employment and activities outside the higher education sector. The purpose of the employment is to contribute expertise that is not generally found within the ordinary activities and the position should be of importance and benefit to KI.
The position as professor is the foremost academic position at KI
A professorship can look different depending on its profile. An applicant can choose between applying for a professorship with a focus on research where high requirements are placed on the scientific expertise or applying for a professorship with a focus on education and research where high requirements are placed on the teaching expertise. For more information about the assessment criteria for Professors please see the instructions for appointments procedure for teachers at KI.
The standard rule is that Professors who are employed after the age of 68 will have the title of Professor. If the employment is time limited, the title Senior professor can be used.
Special rules regarding personell older than 68 years old, you find here.
Other technical and administrative personnel are called TA staff within KI.
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