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PhD Studentship in Production Technology – Industrial automation

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    29 juli

  • Sök jobbet senast

    1 september

Om jobbet

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 15,000 students and 625 employees.

University West is offering a PhD Studentship in Production Technology – Specializing industrial automation

The research in the automation group aims at developing new methods for launching safe, collaborative and flexible automated applications.

This can be tackled and investigated from many different viewpoints using both experimental setups and simulations. In a new project in cooperation with Swedish industry we seek a PhD student for a position at University West.

The scientific work in the project

The general research question is how to obtain adaptable and reconfigurable production systems, where humans can be easily integrated in safe, collaborative and flexible automated applications. Human/machine collaboration supports a smooth transition into more flexible systems, and facilitates for rapid reconfiguration, but it requires a new methodology. The challenge is to integrate the safety logic into existing flexible concepts in one common methodology. The novelty is that we address real industrial cases with real safety PLC and industrial sensors, fulfilling directives on both national and European/International level. This is in line with initiatives such as Industry 4.0, Smart Factories, Cyber Physical Systems and Digitalisation, which are aiming for a paradigm shift in the abilities and possibilities for production technology.

Example of specific research question to be considered could be;

- How to handle safety when humans are part of and collaborates with the automation system?
- How to generate control programs and logics for a flexible industrial system in the context of safe collaborative automation?
- How to handle a true flexible automation system where the configuration of resources and humans will change on a daily basis?

PhD degree program: Production Technology

Research center:

Job description: Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) Chapter 5 section 2.

Qualification requirements: The basic eligibility requirements for doctoral programs as set out in the Higher Education Ordinance are as follows:

- A degree at master’s level,
- completed courses totaling at least 240 university credits of which a minimum of 60 at master’s level or,
- substantially equivalent knowledge gained in some other way whether in Sweden or abroad.

To fulfil the special eligibility requirements for a doctoral degree in Production Technology, a student must hold a degree at master’s level in a subject relevant to the doctoral degree subject. This degree may be in Production Technology, Automation, Robotics or some related discipline. The eligibility requirements may be fulfilled by studies in Sweden or abroad.

For more information please read 3.1 and 3.2 in General syllabus for the third-cycle programme in Production Technology, Ref. No 2015/1343 B 25:

Selection: Please read 3.3 in General syllabus for the third-cycle programme in Technology in Production Technology, Ref. No 2015/1343 B 25.

To be successful in this project the applicant should be highly motivated, have an accurate way of working, and have good communicative and collaborative skills. The applicant should have a strong aptitude for analysis and problem solving of industrial related automation problems.

The selection process comprises different stages. In addition to the evaluation of the qualification requirements, interviews, referencing, proofreading or individual tasks might be included to assess the candidates.

Qualifications of merit for this position:

Documented skills of advanced programming in e.g. C/C++/C# and the ability to communicate orally and in written English is highly qualifying. Further, experience from both PLC and robot programming and deep understanding of automation system design and multi-agent control are qualifying. Experience of research work and scientific writing and the ability to communicate orally in English (documented).

Duration and terms of employment: Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) Chapter 5 section 7.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through the University West web-based recruitment tool, MyNetwork. Go to

The application must include:

- CV/Personal qualifications
- Personal letter containing: - Interest in the research topic. - Previous experience regarding the proposed research topic and its research methods and scientific theories. - Motive to pursue Doctoral studies.
- Degree project of second level of higher education
- Degree certificate of first and second level of higher education
- Other documents which the applicant wishes to invoke

Approved written languages regarding papers, diplomas, grades and other relevant documents are the Scandinavian languages and/or English, or translations into any of those languages. Attach the original when submitting translated documents.

The application should reach University West no later than 2019-09-01

Documents that cannot be sent digitally, should be sent to:

University West

HR department
461 86 Trollhättan

Mark the application with R 2019/159


Bo Svensson

+46520-22 32 87,

Fredrik Svensson

+46520-22 33 16,

Chamara Kumara

+46520-22 33 59,