Up to 10 Industrial Ph.d Positions in Computer Science for an Industrial Research School on Collaborative AI & Robotics

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1- 06455/2020


Our overall vision is to establish an internationally competitive industrial research school that provides access to expertise and infrastructure, as well as excellent internationally relevant R&D in the area of collaborative AI&Robotics. The aim is to develop AI solutions as an integral part of a sustainable, digital society contributing to the growth of industry. By collaborative AI, we mean in short, AI&Robotic systems that are capable to team-up with humans and to work with and for humans. We subscribe to the view that to augment human intelligence, rather than replacing it, it is essential to move from human vs. machine to human AND machine environments.

We are now offering up to 10 positions at Örebro University for our Industrial Research School Collaborative AI and Robotics  - CoAIRob. We are looking for candidates with a strong technical background in computer science or engineering that can join the research school and drive the field of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems forward. For the successful candidate, the programme will conclude with the award a Ph. D in Computer Science. The start date of the programme is Spring of 2021. PhD research will be done in tight interaction with industry and partially placed at the industrial partner.

Research at Örebro University is strongly focused on developing autonomous systems that can collaborate with humans. We study methods for interpreting sensor data, transforming sensor data into symbolic representations, integrating symbolic and sub-symbolic methods, knowledge representation and awareness of humans, social context, and norms for interaction. Various aspects of AI related to human-machine and human-robot interaction have been studied, including novel ways to develop AI systems that interact with users (including non-technical novice users). Nationally, the research in AI and Robotics at Örebro is leading, and this is evidenced by the University’s involvement in a number of high profile initiatives related to AI (see oru.se/ai).  Örebro University is highly active in the relevant European forums and platforms, including the AI4EU and AIPlan4EU platforms, and several EU-funded research projects.

At Örebro University, basic research and various applications are interwoven in a natural way. Research applications are found among heavy industrial vehicles, smart environments (e.g., smart cities), service robots, and much more. Within the Örebro region, we have established a strong application infrastructure through a test bed environment within AI and Autonomous Systems, with particular emphasis on how AI can strengthen small and medium-sized companies by providing access to infrastructure and equipment.

Online information

Information on admission to the programme, application form, the general syllabus for the subject, the Regulations Handbook, and other information can be found on Örebro University’s webpage for research student information: www.oru.se. You can find information about ”How to apply for admission to doctoral studies” below.

For more information on the programme and the post, please contact Prof. Amy Loutfi (This is an email address), Prof. Lars Karlsson (This is an email address) or Prof. Franziska Klügl (This is an email address.)

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

The programme

The successful candidate is offered a place on the research study programme concluding with the Degree of Doctor. The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period are granted for instance to compensate for any sick leave and parental leave.

Information on programme content and organisation can be found in the general syllabus for the subject.

Doctoral studentships

The position is offered as a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. Duties such as teaching, administration and research other than the student’s own thesis project may be included, however with no more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. To compensate for time spent on such duties, extensions to the programme length and funding period will be granted. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 27 500 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to research studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they

  1. have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The university may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in the subject, the following applies: A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes in the subject if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering or a one-year Master’s degree from a programme within the subject field or related subjects, or if he or she has received a passing grade of at least 120 credits, including an independent project on the second cycle, in a main field of study of relevance to the computer science field.

Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

The assessment whether an applicant has such ability in other respects to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant.

In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the research studies shall be taken into account (see the university’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject). If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the research study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

When applying for admission to research studies, always attach the following documents:

  • The form: Application form for admission to research studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Proof of completed higher education, if applicable degree certificates. Grades should be included.
  • Independent project (degree project).
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • A 1-page description of research interests shall be attached to application outlining how the applicant fits within the CoAIRob school.

As a general rule, applications and enclosures should be written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish. Documents written in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (www.kammarkollegiet.se).

When assessing higher education credentials from abroad, Örebro University follows the principles for validation applied by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad are recommended to contact UHR (www.uhr.se) to have their qualifications assessed.

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

The application deadline is 2020-12-13. We look forward to receiving your application!

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