Doctoral student in Computer Science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1- 03950/2021

Örebro University is currently offering research study opportunities in the doctoral program in Computer Science. For the successful candidate, the programme will conclude with the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science. The start date is in the second half of 2021.

The offered position is part of a newly started machine learning effort at Örebro University and is focused on fundamental research around continual learning and learning with dataset shift. Candidates can decide between two different directions.

Direction 1 targets continual learning for dataset shift with data efficient and interpretable models and algorithms, such as methods for learning, updating, and forgetting for domains where data is either incrementally available or changes over time (e.g. models of system dynamics, robotic mapping, reinforcement learning, or environmental data). Prior knowledge, experience, and interest in probabilistic machine learning, statistical learning, and Gaussian Processes are advantageous for this direction.

Direction 2 targets reinforcement learning with continual adaptation and dataset shift including, but not limited to, meta and transfer learning methods to enable reinforcement learning in real-world settings and allow for faster learning and adaptation in the target environment. Prior knowledge, experience, and interest in reinforcement learning in continuous spaces, probabilistic machine learning, and deep learning are advantageous for this direction.

For both directions, the candidate should possess and demonstrate:

- Motivation to obtain a doctoral degree and to undertake research on an international level

- A strong background in computer science, mathematics, machine learning, or robotics

- Excellent programming skills

- Excellent communication skills in English

- Prior research experience in the areas of machine learning or robotics

- Strong and independent problem solving and critical analytical abilities

The doctoral student will be hosted at the AMM lab (https://amm.aass.oru.se) which is part of the AASS research center (http://www.oru.se/aass). The AMM lab is a growing research environment currently with six doctoral students and four senior researchers and AASS is a strong research environment, internationally known for its expertise within artificial intelligence and robotics.

The position is funded through the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems, and Software Program (WASP, https://wasp-sweden.org/) and is not tied to a particular research project. It therefore provides a large degree of freedom to the doctoral student. Research in this project will be performed in close collaboration with doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in the same research environment, as well as external collaborators.

Women and people of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The top-ranked candidates will be invited to an interview. 

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 please contact Johannes A. Stork (AMM lab), +46 19 30 39 40, e-mail: This is an email address, Franziska Klügl (Head of Subject), +46 19 30 39 25 e-mail: This is an email address, Lars Karlsson (Head of Unit), +46 19 30 33 55, e-mail: This is an email address, or Peter Johansson (Head of School), +46 19 30 32 75, e-mail: This is an email address for administrative questions.

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 of Philosophy in Computer Science . The programme consists of 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study and includes at least 52 credits of coursework . 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 28.100 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: The applicant should have an engineering degree from a five-year programme or a master's degree from computer science or a related subject which includes an independent project on the second cycle level, in a key area of importance in computer science.

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.

Application

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.
  • Independent project (degree project).
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met

In addition to the documents listed above, we also require:

  • A one-page letter, written in English, that explains why you are motivated, qualified, and capable to fill this position and explains how you will manage moving to, and living in, Sweden.

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 2021-07-01. We look forward to receiving your application!

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