Assistant professor in Speech Communication

Страна: Швеция;

Город: Stockholm

Добавлена: 15.06.2015

Работодатель: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Тип: PhD position; PostDoc vacancy;

Для кого: For researchers;


KTH Royal Institute of Technology 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 12,400 full year students at first and second levels, almost 1,900 active (at least 50 per cent) research students and 5,100 employees.

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Your work will take place at the department of Speech, Music and Hearing. For more information go to,

The Department of Speech, Music and Hearing is an internationally
recognized research lab in speech technology and modelling of spoken
communication. Speech research is focused on human-like communication with
machines and robots, based on multimodal information. The research area is
truly multi-disciplinary bridging computer science, machine learning,
linguistics, and perception and cognition disciplines. The research is
based on data-driven methods: collection and refinement of corpora, as well
as development of tools and language resources is thus a central part of
the work.

Subject field

Speech Communication with specialization in phonetically-based interaction analysis

Subject description

Speech Communication concerns the study of human communication involving speech, in which other signals such as facial and bodily movements also are of great importance. The field includes theories, models and technical systems concerning all parts of the communication chain. Central research topics in the specialization towards phonetic interaction analysis include experimental design and execution of data collections; phonetic, prosodic and multimodal analysis; and modelling of the interactional aspects of spoken dialogue.


The duties involve research and teaching as a part of the Speech Group at Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing (TMH) at the School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC). The teaching includes  advanced courses, master thesis and PhD supervision. The teaching will not exceed 25 %.  The assistant professor will be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other teaching positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the assistant professor shall be assessed for promotion to associate professor.



A person is eligible for appointment if they have attained a Degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise. Primarily, persons should have attained a Degree of Doctor or have acquired the equivalent expertise no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

Grounds of assessment

Special importance

Scientific and technical skills within the subject area, documented by  publications in international journals and main conferences in the area are of special importance. Documented ability to advance the field through independent scientific research on a high international level is also of special importance.

Significant importance

Ability to establish and develop international cooperations within research and education is of significant importance, as is the applicant’s documented experience  of teaching in the subject field and related areas at advanced level. The applicant’s long-term potential to develop and establish an independent research activity och continuously renew the research area is also of significant importance.

Of importance

It is of importance that a person who is appointed as assistant professor at KTH has experience from research environments other than KTH, equivalent to a post-doctorate period or doctorate degree from another university. Documented experience from initiating and executing externally financed research projects are also of importance.

Also taken into account

Ability to collaborate with the surrounding society and to disseminate information regarding research and development work will also be taken into account. In addition, the applicant’s expertise in developing and leading activities and personnel is taken into acocunt. This includes having knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on gender equality.

Special grounds of assessment for promotion to associate professor

When assessing applications for promotion to associate professor, the applicant’s ability to independently initiate and carry out research of high academic quality, published in international publications, and the applicant’s ability to obtain financing for research operations will be assessed. One special ground for assessment is the applicant’s ability to independently establish new collaborations and research specializations. Special consideration will be shown to displayed teaching and supervising expertise.

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

Trade union representatives

You’ll find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH:s web page.


Your application should follow KTH´s CV template for employment of teachers. You are the main responsible to ensure that the application is complete according to the ad and CV template. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application. Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position.


Time limitation: The appointment is for an indefinite term, but no more than four years, and may be extended if, due to the teacher’s absence due to sick leave, parental leave or other special grounds, more time is required to reach the objectives of the appointment. However, the total appointment period may not exceed six years. The appointment is part of the Tenure Track system at KTH and the assistant professor may apply for promotion to tenured associate professor.

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