Doctoral student in computer science

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Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.

The Faculty of Technology and Society conducts education and research focusing on technology and natural sciences at two departments: Computer Science and Media Technology and Materials Science and Applied Mathematics. The faculty collaborates with companies and other organisations in order to raise the level of competence, create new products, develop activities and offer students an early connection to their future working life. Our research collaborations and staff from many different countries give our activities an international profile.

The Department of Computer Science and Media Technology offers research-linked education at first-cycle, second-cycle and doctoral levels. The department conducts research in computer science, information systems, software engineering and media technology. We are interested in research and education areas such as artificial intelligence, digital media, e-health, internet of things and game development.

Department of Computer Science and Media Technology

Demand-Responsive public Transport (DRT) is a form of transport service that, in contrast to conventional public transport, is not restricted to operate on fixed routes and timetables. Instead, it responds dynamically to the actual travel needs, with the ambition to achieve ridesharing. DRT can thus be seen as an intermediate form of transport somewhere between timetabled bus and taxi. DRT services has a large design space in terms of how they are configured and how they are offered. Additionally, autonomous vehicles have the potential to influence what is a suitable design of a DRT service. DRT services can further use digital technology (e.g. apps) to communicate with the travelers, which may improve service quality and system efficiency. In recent years, the interest in DRT services has increased, in particular for substituting regular bus lines in rural areas and as commercial services in urban areas.

The overarching question to be addressed is: What are the opportunities and effects of introducing DRT solutions?
Additionally, the following questions point at relevant, complementing areas: How can digital interactivity be used for improving the services? What are the potentials and challenges connected to AI and privacy for DRT services? What are the expected system effects of using autonomous vehicles for DRT?
As a main instrument for analysis, simulation tools including representation of the travelers and the vehicles, will be applied.

The research studies will be carried out within K2, the Swedish knowledge center for public transport, and in cooperation with public transport actors. In addition to the research, it is expected that 20% of the position is devoted to teaching at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Those who have basic eligibility for admission will have:

  • passed a degree at advanced level, or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS at advanced level, or
  • in some other way, in- or outside Sweden, have acquired equivalent knowledge (HEO Chapter 7 section 39)

Special eligibility is accorded to those who:

  • have knowledge and skills equivalent to a second-cycle degree in computer science or in another subject that is related to computer science, or
  • have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in or outside Sweden
  • are proficient in English to the extent required for conducting postgraduate studies in computer science

Selection among applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements shall be made with regard to their capacity to assimilate the education (HEO Chapter 7 Section 41).

The following general criteria will be used:

  • Subject competence
  • Scientific quality in previous work
  • Methodological and scientific maturity
  • Communication and collaborative skills

The following specific criteria will be used:

  • Experience, knowledge and skills related to simulation and AI (including optimization and machine learning)
  • Experience from collaboration with private and public actors
  • Relevant experience and knowledge of the transport domain

Head of Department, Bengt J Nilsson, 040-665 72 44,

HR-specialist, Magdalena Brossing, 040-665 76 59,

Main supervisor, Åsa Jevinger, 040-665 72 52,

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than 2022-12-12. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • Completed application form for admission to Research Education
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
  • Personal letter describing who you are and why you apply for this position
  • Independent work at advanced level (including master thesis or equivalent)

Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

The doctoral studentship is a fixed-term position comprising four years of full-time studies, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Malmö University applies salary setting for doctoral students in accordance with a local agreement on salary setting for doctoral students.


SACO-S Mats Syde,

OFR/ST Bodil Sterner,

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You apply no later than 12/12/2022 by clicking the apply button.

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