Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datavetenskap

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

We are offering two fully funded 5-year PhD positions to qualified students with interest in software technology, at Lund University's Department of Computer Science [1], with funding provided by the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Programme (WASP). What we are looking for are students with both enthusiasm for real-life software development and good theoretical foundations who want to help lead the way towards the next generation of software tools, integrated development environments, and (domain-specific) programming languages. The position includes 80% research and 20% teaching.

What we expect:

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Good coding skills in C++, Java, or Scala
  • Experience with functional or logic-based programming
  • Some background in one or more of the following: compilers, static program analysis, dynamic program analysis, domain-specific languages

  • Strong interest in working on the above-mentioned topics for five years
  • The ability to work both independently and in small teams

What we offer:

  • A custom-tailored curriculum to prepare you for a career as a scientist

  • A creative, diverse, and collaborative working environment in one of the world's most innovative and most livable areas [2]

  • Integration into the WASP Graduate School [3], which offers regular opportunities (courses, workshops, international study trips) for learning more about autonomous systems and linking up with interdisciplinary teams
  • Opportunities for participating in international research conferences and for connecting with scientists and practitioners around the world
  • Additional funding for equipment and travel




Research subject

Computer Science

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include 20% teaching.

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Computer Science if he or she has either:

  • 150 credits in mathematics, engineering, and science, including at least 60 advanced credits in computer science and an advanced project worth 30 credits, and of relevance to computer science, or
  • An MSc in Engineering, or other advanced degree, including at least 60 credits in computer science.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

(In Sweden, 60 credits corresponds to one year of full time studies.)

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the subject description above.
  2. An assessment of the ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§. 

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The cover letter should also describe your experience in coding and in developing compilers, program analyses, and domain-specific languages. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment Efter överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2908
  • Prof Görel Hedin, Deputy Head of Department, +46462229644
  • Dr Christoph Reichenbach, Supervisor,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 13.Sep.2017
Last application date 20.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CEST

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