Postdoc in transport studies: Changes in future rail passenger demand

    KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    EconomicsTransport economics
    TechnologyTransport technology
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    17/03/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Stockholm


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.

Job description

  • Conduct research on new trends in rail passenger demand and publish journal or conference papers
  • Collaborate and publish papers with other researchers and doctoral students
  • Apply for funding for new research projects at KTH in collaboration with other researchers
  • Supervise doctoral students *
  • Teach courses in train traffic, including supervised degree projects *

* The proportion is set individually, but supervision and teaching may in total not exceed 20% of full-time employment

At the division for Transport Planning, research and teaching is conducted in the planning of railway systems. The goal is to improve the railway's conditions and competitiveness in freight and passenger traffic in order to be able to contribute to sustainable development in society.

Trends in train travel are reflecting behavioral changes that in many cases go fast. One of the clear changes in recent years is the climate crisis, which has led to a change in valuations, with increased train travel and reduced air travel as a result. The corona pandemic from 2020 with restrictive travel recommendations and occasionally closed borders has led to a sharp reduction in travel, but where the lasting, long-term effects are still unclear. The goal of the postdoctoral position is to assess the lasting changes in demand and make an analysis of the effects on the railway network in Sweden with a forecast model. Another goal is to contribute to strengthening the research area within the department through teaching, supervision of doctoral students and project applications for further research.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • During the corona pandemic and partial lock-down, KTH has ordered work from home, but continuously adapts the working method to the Public health agency of Sweden recommendations.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
    The subject for the doctoral degree must be in traffic and transport, analysis methods in demand estimations, planning train traffic or equivalent.

In addition to the doctoral degree, we want you to have:

  • Experience of forecast models
  • Experience of teaching or supervision at university level
  • Proficiency in scientific English.

Preferred qualifications

It's preferred if you have experience in:

  • Planning of railway traffic, and can show:
  • Teaching abilities,
  • Research expertise, and:
  • Master Swedish in speech and writing.

As a person you have strong collaborative abilities, a drive to work independently and have an awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

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.

The application must include:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. 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.
  3. Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  4. Web link to references such as your doctoral dissertation.

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 one year with a possibility for extension one additional year.

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.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: 2021-04-01 or according to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: A-2021-0331

  1. Erik Jenelius, head of division, 08-790 80 32, E-mail: erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se
  2. Oskar Fröidh, associate professor, 08-790 83 79, E-mail: oskar.froidh@abe.kth.se

Published: 2021-02-19
Last application date: 2021-03-17

More Information

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

    4 - 10
    4 - 10
    4 - 10

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
100 44
Valhallavägen 79

EURAXESS offer ID: 608600
Posting organisation offer ID: 154787


The responsibility for the jobs published on this website, including the job description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.


Please contact support@euraxess.org if you wish to download all jobs in XML.