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Postdoc Position

The information on these pages guides you through the postdoctoral recruitment process and facilitates and helps to quality assure and streamline the process. Always contact HR at your school to start the recruitment process.

Start of the recruitment process

The recruitment process will begin by strategic personnel planning where KTH's quantitative and qualitative staffing needs are planned. The recruiting manager in collaboration with the HR at your school carries out this planning prior to the start of a new recruitment process and develops an employment profile. All recruitment matters are handled via KTH's recruitment system Varbi.

Recruitment of a postdoc position

An employment as a postdoc position at KTH is regulated according to a collective agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoc position. 

To recruit a postdoc, you do not need a recruitment permit. However, as a manager, you need to know the regulations that the postdoctoral agreement regulates before you contact HR.

You can find the agreement here, the new agreement is valid from 1 February 2022 : Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor  

The page will be updated with more detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact Helene Hedin

When you are ready to announce a postdoctoral position, download and fill in the postdoctoral ad template that is here on the right.

Keep this in mind when filling out the employment profile

Much focus should be placed on the beginning of the recruitment process in order to produce a well elaborated employment profile (requirement profile). When completing the employment profile, think carefully about what is required for the current position in terms of work duties, education, experience and skills and personal skills. What is needed to perform well and to thrive and succeed in the role?

In KTH's recruitment system Varbi, you can select the personal competencies you have chosen for your employment profile / advertisement and get an interview and reference template with a list of questions for the selected competencies. Here you can read more about interview techniques and find current templates

Competency-based recruitment (CBR)

KTH has chosen to use the competency-based recruitment method (CBR). The method involves working in a structured way with a focus on recruiting the right skills in relation to the needs of the organization and assessing the personal competences of applicants in an equal and qualitative way. The CBR method includes, amongst other things, working with structured interviews. Contact your HR at your school for more information about competency-based recruitment and for support in the organization and execution of structured interviews. Here you can read more about the competency-based recruitment method (CBR).

If you want to learn more about competency-based recruitment (CBR) and structured interview technique, register for one of KTH's courses.