Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Automatic Control

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.

Automatic Control is an exciting and broad subject, covering both advanced mathematics and hands-on engineering. Historically, it has been instrumental in many areas, from the early development of telecommunications to the space race. Today, driven by the need to engineer ever larger systems, Automatic Control is more relevant than ever.

We are now recruiting PhD students for two projects:

1)     Learning in Networks: Structure, Dynamics, and Control  (2-3 students)
Funded by WASP, the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, this project is a collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University. The project lies in the intersection of network dynamics, machine learning, and control, and addresses theoretical challenges from important applications including telecommunication networks, energy, and sociotechnical systems.

2)     Analysis and synthesis of virtual batteries using distributed control (1 student)
Funded by ELLIIT, the Linköping – Lund Excellence Center in Information Technology. In large-scale systems such as electrical power systems, the need to distribute the implementation, analysis, and synthesis of control systems is essential. This project will focus on making foundational theoretical contributions in the area of distributed control. The objective of the theory is to aid in the design of control algorithms to scalably mimic the functionality of batteries using existing devices in buildings (such as boilers and heat pumps), to help improve stability and performance in power systems with high levels of renewables.

Does this sound interesting?

If so, you are welcome to apply for a position as PhD student at the Department of Automatic Control. The department has a stimulating and international environment with PhD students, postdocs, and teachers coming from all corners of the world. Research and teaching are conducted in an open and progressive atmosphere with collaborations both within academia and with industry, nationally as well as internationally. A PhD degree from the Department of Automatic control gives you the perfect base for an exciting career, be it in academia or industry. Lund University and the Department of Automatic Control welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Work duties

The PhD position lasts five years and consists of three main aspects:

  • research project, including trips to conferences, seminars etc.,
  • postgraduate courses, locally and internationally given (90 ECTS credits), and
  • teaching (at most 20%), including lab supervision and exam responsibilities. This part may also include departmental services, such as working with equality and diversity, arranging events etc.

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if the applicant has:

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

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Automatic Control if the applicant has:

  • knowledge corresponding to Automatic Control Basic Course (FRTF05) and a second cycle specialisation of relevance to the subject, or
  • an MSc in engineering or corresponding qualification 

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Good language analytical ability.
  • Curiosity about research and teaching in general, and motivation for the particular research project.
  • Creativity with good ability for cooperation and networking.
  • Proactivity and personal leadership.
  • Persistence and a methodological way of working.

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 cycles. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. The results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular control engineering, systems theory, mathematics and closely related topics.
  2. 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.

Assessment considerations include grades, certificates, and references, but also, for instance, Master’s thesis project and experience from industry, as well as the applicants’ competence within the research projects in question. Assessment considerations also include cooperation ability, drive, creativity, and independence, as well as 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 (Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.). A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including up to 20% teaching and departmental service). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§. A doctoral student will receive a competitive monthly salary of 32 200 SEK with yearly raise. We intend to hire 1-4 PhD students.

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 area corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent. You may also include other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). Do not forget to answer the qualification questions. Those applicants who will be called for an interview, may be asked to perform a small test to demonstrate basic competence.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment As soon as possible according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 4
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/128
  • Anders Rantzer, +46 46 222 87 78
  • Emma Tegling, +46 46 222 87 87
  • Richard Pates, +46 46 222 97 45
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 01.Feb.2022
Last application date 25.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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