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PhD Studentship in Production Technology – Industrial automation

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

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    29 juli

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    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 (ReStart)

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

Robots have revolutionized the manufacturing industry and are now enrolled in an increasing number of sectors at a faster rate than ever. With this revolution, it becomes more critical that robotised manufacturing work smoothly. The situation becomes more critical and complex when many manufacturing systems in a factory are linked together. Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid unexpected stops and downtime. This downtime can be minimised by a faster recovery and restart process. The task to recover from unplanned stops is a complex problem and highly dependent on the particular context and it require knowledge, reasoning as well as intuition to handle it.

The overall aim of this project is to make the human-machine collaboration as effective as possible, concerning the task of recovery from unexpected stops in automated manufacturing systems. The approach is to support human operators in their everyday work by providing support that guide the operator through the error recovery process in a systematic way. The targeted solution is to design and develop an interactive, intelligent agent recovery tool. There are many recent calls for more focus on the operator support, in relation to Industry 4.0, which is sometimes referred to as Operator 4.0. In this project, the approach is to focus on the operator support system from a human perspective. How can the operators be supported in their task to recover from unexpected stops; i.e., a task that is complex in nature as well as inherently unexpected, disruptive, and infrequent but needs to be handled efficiently?

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 fulfill 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.

Qualifications of merit for this position: Documented skills of advanced programming and the ability to communicate orally and in written English is highly qualifying. Further, design and development of software and human-machine interaction as well as understanding of automation system design are qualifying (documented). Experience of research work and scientific writing is also qualifying.

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 2019/160


Fredrik Danielsson

+46520-22 33 16,

Lena Pareto

+46520-22 35 28,

Bo Svensson

+46520-22 32 87,

Chamara Kumara

+46520-22 33 59,