PhD student in autonomous systems

at Linköping University
Published April 30, 2023
Location Linköping, Sweden
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Scholarship  


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We are looking for a PhD student in autonomous systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Division of Vehicular Systems.

The position is funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). As a PhD student within WASP, you will take part in the WASP graduate school and benefit from the program’s extensive network of PhD students and senior researchers.

WASP is Sweden’s largest single research program ever, a large national initiative for basic research, education, and recruitment of university faculty. The research within WASP covers artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, collaborative vehicles, complex software-intensive systems, and their cooperation with humans. WASP’s vision is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and software for the benefit of Swedish society and industry.


Your work assignments

Machine learning and optimal control are core techniques to enable an autonomous system to plan and act in dynamic and uncertain environments where actors enter and leave the environment dynamically and where the behavior of surrounding actors is uncertain. The development of theory, models, and methods to solve this problem contains major research challenges. This is a very active field of research, driven also by the development of autonomous vehicles that need to act in environments with different levels of complexity.

In this project we research new methods in machine learning and optimal control, and how they can be combined to generate robust and resilient methods for planning and control of autonomous systems. A core research question is how the behavior of the surrounding environment, e.g., pedestrians, cyclists, cars, can be predicted, and how they influence each other, and how this can be used to make probabilistic predictions of future behavior. These predictions should then be used to obtain proactive decision-making and control. The basic research and theoretical models will be evaluated in real-life datasets, e.g., in automated driving.

As a PhD student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your qualifications

You have graduated at a Master’s level in computer science, mechatronics, electrical engineering, engineering physics, applied math, or similar with excellent grades from an internationally visible university.

It is expected that you have very good oral and written proficiency in English. Further, it is necessary with a strong interest in high-quality research. You should have excellent abilities in mathematics, in particular statistics, dynamical systems, and control. Good programming skills, for example in Python and C++, are needed. Knowledge in machine learning, automatic control, and analysis of large data sets is especially meritorious and so is a Master’s thesis of high quality.

Your workplace

The Division of Vehicular Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University, conducts research and undergraduate education within autonomous systems, electrification, battery systems, diagnostics and prognostics, and modeling and control of vehicle functions. Read more here.

The employment

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University.

The employment has a duration of four years full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than May 19, 2023.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Erik Frisk

Professor and head of division


Karin Blomdahl