PhD student in Computer and Information Science with an orientation in the digital transformation of teacher education and the school system

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Deadline: 19 Apr 2021

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PhD student in Computer and Information Science with an orientation in the digital transformation of teacher education and the school system

Linnaeus University is the sixth largest university in Sweden and has a wellestablished Department of Computer Science and Media Technology with international reputation. The department currently has more than 75 faculty members, who have conducted research in major areas of computer science and media technology such as software engineering, visualization and visual analytics, embedded and adaptive systems, artificial intelligence and learning and knowledge technologies. Our mission is to educate the next generation scientists to bring about scientific and technological innovations to the nation and to the world. The Department is part of the Faculty of Technology.

Field of study: Computer and Information Science 

Terms of employment: 100 % employment as doctoral student. 

Type of employment: The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent full-time postgraduate studies of four years.  The PhD student position is placed at the at Department of Computer Science and Media Technology at Linnaeus University.

Start: Immediately or after mutual agreement.

Location: Växjö

Work description

According to the Higher Education Ordinance a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. A doctoral candidate may work, however, to a limited extent with education and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post. 

The doctoral student will pursue graduate studies in the field of Computer and Information Science, in particular Media Technology, with a doctoral degree as the goal. He/She will also conduct research in the field of Computer and Information Science with a particular focus on the areas of the digital transformation of teacher education and the digitalization of the school system.

The exploration of digital transformations in the context of education, is an interdisciplinary field of research and development where engineering, educational and design sciences meet. This makes it possible to study and explore different educational processes and how to support them with a rich set of tools and methods in order to find answers to what gives value and efficiency for students and teachers.  

Recently, official documents issued by the Swedish government have acknowledged the importance of how to support different learning processes with digital technologies and how programming and artificial intelligence solutions should be integrated in the educational system. These latest developments should be taken into consideration as they are central to this area of research. 

The doctoral student will participate in research and teaching activities at the Department and will be actively involved in the national research school Upgrade – teacher education and the digitalization of the school system-. Upgrade is a national research school financed by the Swedish research council in which Linnaeus University, Umeå University (coordinating university), the University of Gothenburg, the University of Gävle, Halmstad University, Jönköping University, University Väst, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and Mid Sweden University work together within these fields.

More information about the doctoral studies in Computer and Information Sciences, which includes Media Technology, can be found here:


Qualification requirements

General entry requirements comprise a completed undergraduate program of at least 240 credits, including 60 credits at advanced level, or the equivalent knowledge obtain in or outside of Sweden.

The specific entry requirements are at least a Master’s degree in Media Technology, Computer Science, Interaction Design or equivalent education.

Other assessment grounds

Good knowledge in the focused research areas of digital transformations technologies and its application in the field of education is a strong advantage. Thus, candidates who are strongly interested in this field are encouraged to apply. Demonstrated working experience within the focused research and educational areas is a great advantage, e.g. within the following topics:

  • Digital Transformation Technologies with a particular focus on applied artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in the field of education.
  • Novel approaches to integrate web-based and AI solutions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects
  • Web and mobile development with a focus on data-driven educational applications and services
  • Advanced techniques in Human Computer Interaction
  • It is essential that the candidate possess very good knowledge of Swedish and English languages.

    The doctoral student is assumed to have capacity to conduct research within the described areas. Interpersonal skills and flexibility are of great importance since the work will be carried out in a research group.

    More information on assessment and selection criteria can be found in the respective subjects General Study Plan for Postgraduate Education here:

    The basis of assessment for admission to PhD studies is the candidate’s ability to benefit from and to assimilate and utilize the content of the postgraduate program. Since the subject is male-dominated, female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Further information

    Please contact,

    Professor Marcelo Milrad, supervisor and subject chair in Media Technology, phone: 073 3969574, e-mail:

    Morgan Ericsson, Acting Head of Department, phone 072-5941748,                      e-mail: 

    Matters of employment will be answered by HR partner Emmy Andersson, tel: 0480-446108, e-post:

    Union representatives may be contacted via the university switchboard at +46-772-288000. 

    Instructions for a research plan (max 4 pages)

    Particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant's research plan focusing on the knowledge areas of research on mentioned above. The research plan is used only to assess the applicant's scientific autonomy and ability to structure and formulate scientific arguments. A final, individual research plan will be established later with the team of supervisors. The research plan should contain the following:

    • A title that should clearly state what the intended work could be about
    • Abstract / Summary (short summary of the research plan, max 10 lines)
    • Research area (a brief description of the problem area, possible theoretical perspectives, and empirical and theoretical motives for the study).
    • Research questions (present well-defined questions for the study)
    • Methods (describe what methods the study is intended to implement)
    • Ethical considerations (describe the ethical considerations that may be relevant)

    You are most welcome to apply before 19th April, 2021.

    Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

    Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.

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