Postdoc in Sound Computing and Media Production

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in Sound Computing and Media Production


Kungliga Tekniska högskolan,

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

In this postdoc position, you will work with Associate Professor Sandra Pauletto to develop and further research in sound computing (sound design, sonic interaction design, sonification, auditory displays) through an in-depth understanding of existing sound design traditions in media production (film, theatre, games).

The successful candidate will analyze case studies on sound design practices in media productions and formalize knowledge in this area. As well as to contribute to stimulating the formation of new work and thinking, the successful applicant will contribute to existing projects such as SonicFunc and The Climate Music Box.

The successful candidate will also contribute to scientific publications and new grant applications, as well as to the production of sound-based works. The role includes the production of in-depth case studies, organization of research activities and dissemination of project results through peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, workshops, and exhibitions.

The workload will be divided as follows: 80% of the time will be dedicated to research, 20% of the time for organization of the above-mentioned activities and preparation of grant applications.

What we offer

  • An International workplace.
  • A leading technical university that creates knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future.
  • Colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic environment.
  • Established national and international networks: NAVET and Nordic SMC.  A friendly and supportive working environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.

Your work will take place at the Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design, part of the EECS School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in the Sound and Music Computing (SMC) team.


The candidate must have experience in quantitative and ideally qualitative research methods to be able to gather in-depth knowledge from case studies on sound design practices in media productions and use that knowledge to develop and evaluate new digital sound design models and approaches for the future.

The successful candidate must be experienced in audio programming and human-computer interaction, have a good knowledge of sound media production software programs, as well as a good understanding of media production workflows and roles to be able to develop new approaches in sound computing, sound design, and sonification in a variety of contexts with particular attention to areas of societal impact: health, sustainability, disability, climate, ethical use of technology, etc.

Requirements for employment as Postdoc at KTH:

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

The candidate should have a strong background from at least one of these areas or strongly related fields:

  • Media Technology with specialization in Sound
  • Human-Computer Interaction with specialization in Sound
  • Music Technology
  • Sound and Music Computing

The successful applicant should have an outstanding research and publication record. Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills are a requirement. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work in cooperation with others as well as independently, and who has a good understanding of equality and diversity issues in academia. Very good command of English orally and in writing is required to present and publish research results.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's web page.


The application should contain the following: 

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copies of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations to English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  3. A brief explanation of why you want to conduct research, on your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; max 2 pages long.
  4. Representative publications or technical reports: Document no more than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. dissertations), attach a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  5. Contact information for two reference persons, including their email address and telephone number. We reserve the right to contact references only for selected candidates.

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 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).

Temporary employment for up to two years, or by agreement.

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

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.


Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH's work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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Disclaimer: In case of a 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 In agreement with supervisor
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2020-0249
Sandra Pauletto, Associate Professor,
Sarah Kullgren, HR Officer,
Published 05.Feb.2020
Last application date 11.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET


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