Associate Professor in Mammalian Cell-Based Bioprocess Technology
Royal Institute of Technology

Associate Professor in Mammalian Cell-Based Bioprocess Technology

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.

Subject field

Mammalian Cell-Based Bioprocess Technology.

Subject description

The subject includes cultivation technology with a focus on bioreactors, high-cell density perfusion cultures, process control, cellular physiology and product-formation characteristics of various mammalian cell lines, including human cell lines. The focus is on application-inspired scientific process developments that aim to achieve process-intensification, transition to continuous bioprocessing and/or use of flexible production systems to improve economics, sustainability, product quality, scalability and time to market of new products.


Duties include leadership of an independent research team on mammalian-cell-based bioprocessing that is able to complement and collaborate with the ongoing activities within the Department of Industrial Biotechnology and at other departments within the CBH School or KTH. This includes the initiation of new research projects, acquisition of funding, setting up and running academic- and industrial collaborations, supervision of young researchers at MSc, PhD and post-doc level, financial management and maintaining a safe, stimulating and healthy work environment.

Duties also include teaching, including coordination, teaching and/or continued development of critical courses on mammalian-cell-based bioprocesses in the KTH Biotechnology program. The candidate is also expected to supervise MSc students during their diploma thesis projects.

Duties furthermore include project management and representation within the field, KTH, the CBH School, the Department of Industrial Biotechnology and/or research presentations for a general audience, academic and industrial collaborations and in (inter)national networking communities.


Those qualified for appointment as an associate professor are persons who have:

  1. been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it will involve , and
  2. demonstrated teaching expertise.

Grounds of assessment

The assessment criteria for appointment as an associate professor at KTH shall be the degree of expertise required as a qualification for employment. In addition, the assessment criteria stated in the KTH appointments procedure, section 1.2., apply in relation to the employment profile laid down.

Of highest importance is that the applicant has

  • Research- and leadership expertise in the subject field with a demonstrated ability to be active within, or close to, the international research front in the subject field. Industrial experience at high scientific level can be of equal relevance as science performed within academia.
  • the ability to acquire external funding, set up and manage collaborations that include industry and communicate research and development work to industry and society.
  • a broad view of the fields adjacent to mammalian-cell-based bioprocessing enabling multidisciplinary collaborations.

Of second highest importance that the applicant has

  • Teaching skills in the subject field, which includes demonstrated teaching of high quality, and to a significant extent, at first, second and third cycle level.
  • Interpersonal skills.

It is also important that the applicant has

  • expertise to develop and lead activities and staff. This includes knowledge of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.
  • administrative expertise required for running an independent research group, including maintenance of a good work environment, human resource, financial administration and project administration.

Trade union representatives

Contact information to trade union representatives can be found at KTH's webpage.


Your application should follow KTH's CV template for employment of teachers. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete according to the requirements in the ad and CV template.

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).

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position online.

For more information regarding KTH's assessement, see Appointments procedure at the Royal Institute of Technology


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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Snarast
Salary Fast lön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number VL-2020-0073
Antonius Van Maris, Professor, Head of Department, +46 8 790 98 92,
Published 01.Oct.2020
Last application date 13.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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