Lund University, LTH, Department of Automatic Control

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

Do you want to be part of a research environment committed to address the challenges essential to create a future sustainable society that meets the needs of humanity? Then the WASP Expeditions positions are aimed for you!

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for strategically basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program is initiated and generously funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) with 2.6 billion SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from collaborating industry and from participating universities to form a total budget of 3.5 billion SEK. Major goals are more than 50 new professors and more than 300 new PhDs within AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP please visit:

WASP Expeditions ICARUS—Intelligent Cell-free Access for wiReless Ubiquitous Services:
Deep learning has found tremendous success in many application areas over the last couple of years. The machines are typically trained by solving the nonconvex training problem using variations of stochastic gradient descent. This project will develop novel algorithms for deep learning training by formulating the training problem in ways that are inherently more numerically robust than traditional formulations. This will result in methods that allow for deeper networks to be trained efficiently and accurately. The project is part of the WASP Expedition project ICARUS—Intelligent Cell-free Access for wiReless Ubiquitous Services. This is a cross-disciplinary project between LiU and LU. The LiU part of the project will focus on suitable ways to apply deep learning to overcome challenges in future wireless communication networks. The cross-discipinary nature of the project gives unique possibilities to evaluate devised algorithms on relevant problems in wireless communication as well as giving input on the design of such networks.

Principal investigator at Lund University is associate professor Pontus Giselsson (
Principal investigator at Linköping University is associate professor Emil Björnsson (

Job assignments

The main assignment is research within the current project at the department. The position also includes opportunities to teach PhD courses, contribute to the scientific discussion and development at the department, and three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Special circumstances might in extraordinary cases be applicable. The working languages are English and Swedish. Excellent skills in both spoken and written English is a requirement for the position. Interest in learning Swedish during the employment in Lund is desirable.

This is an qualifying appointment focused primarily on research. The position is intended as an initial step in the academic career and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their scientific merits and potential as researchers. The basis of assessment is the ability to develop and implement research of good quality and teaching ability. Particular emphasis will be given to academic skills within the subject area.

We are looking for a person who is flexible and open, willing to cooperate and contribute to the overall working climate. Other basis of assessment are driving force and independence as well as ability to make new connections, communicate and cooperate with colleagues within and outside academia.

The position is a 2 year full time post doctoral position. The position is limited in time based on an agreement between the parties at the labor market (trade unions and employer's organisation). A postdoctor will receive a competitive monthly salary of 41 000 SEK with yearly raise.

The University is striving for gender equality and therefore encourages women to apply.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3607
  • Pontus Giselsson, +46462229744
  • Karl-Erik Årzén, +46462228782
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 27.Nov.2018
Last application date 15.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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