European Association for Studies of Literature, Culture and the Environment

PhD students in History of Science, Technology and Environment


We seek four PhD students for the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000 first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,300 employees.

The School of Architecture and built environment focuses on future of our societies, on how our cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed. We study growth, technology and environment, as well as ethical considerations and risks. Our curriculum and our research are based on several academic disciplines: engineering and the technical sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

At the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, we carry out research in history of technology, environmental history and history of science. We also conduct industrial and cultural heritage research as well as historical science and technology studies. The doctoral program reflects the research scope of the Division and offers possibilities for specialization in several areas and for cross-cutting research. The program aims to provide a broad overview of the field as well as in depth theoretical and methodological education. Its main purpose is to offer a basis for further independent academic research as well as the tools for using the acquired skills outside the academic sphere.

The current PhD positions are placed within a newly established initiative at the Division, the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. The Laboratory aims at creating a post-disciplinary environment in which teaching, research and PhD education are integrated to modernize and develop the humanities for sustainable development. See further www.kth.se/abe/inst/philhist/tekhist/ehl for more information on the anticipated research focus.


You are eligible if you have a master’s degree or have the corresponding skills and knowledge as well as proof of your ability to author a longer essay relevant to the research area. By research area we mean the wider group of disciplines and interests indicated above. We expect you to read, write and speak English fluently.


Form of employment: Time-limited
Start date: 1 January 2013, or according to agreement
Salary follows the directions provided by KTH


The application should include:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Transcripts of university degrees
  3. Other material that the applicant wishes to include, such as for example essays or other texts.
  4. A plan for the suggested doctoral work, max 4 pages.
  5. Reference number: A-2012-0502

Applications should be sent to

Avd. för teknik- och vetenskapshistoria
Att: Carina Challis
Teknikringen 76
SE-100 44 Stockholm



Application deadline: 2012-10-15
Marc the application with reference number: A-2012-0502

Contact (for more information)

Nina Wormbs, associate professor, Head of Division
Phone: +46 8 790 85 83

Sverker Sörlin, professor
Phone: +46 70 545 25 26

Union representative

Lars Abrahamsson
Phone: +46 8 790 70 58

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