Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Open Positions at Computer Science

Open Positions in Computer Science

Three PhD student positions to be filled in Computer Science

The Computer Science department at Lund University has several open PhD positions in the area of Software Technology and in the area of Robotics, Machine Learning and AI, funded for four years (up to five with involvement in teaching) through the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), Sweden's up to date largest national research program in this area.

We are looking for new members of our two research groups who

a) are interested in working in a dynamic research environment, and who are

b) highly committed and able to push results towards perfection.

The Projects

One position is placed in the area of Software Technology and will be supervised by Dr. Christoph Reichenbach. This project is specifically targeting the area of performance analysis for C++ programs. For this position, you should have

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Substantial experience in C++ or systems programming
  • Experience with functional or logic-based programming
  • Strong interest in working on the above-mentioned topics for five years
  • The ability to work both independently and in small teams

as well as some background in one or more of the following: compilers, static program analysis, dynamic program analysis, domain-specific languages, software performance analysis.
If you want to apply for the Software Technology project, do that HERE!

The other two positions are affiliated with the group for Robotics and Semantic Systems (RSS) and are set in the area of robotics to be supervised by Prof. Volker Krüger who will join the group during the summer. 
The respective projects will be in the area of robot learning. We in the group for Robotics and Semantic Systems (RSS) are mainly concerned with the development of robot skills and the related human robot communication. To enable robots to learn from humans, advanced cognitive capabilities and learning capabilities are needed.

For these positions, you should have

  • A Masters degree in computer science or a related field such as robotics or artificial intelligence that includes a solid CS background (>=60ECTS),
  • Excellent knowledge of a state-of-art programming language and/or Matlab 
  • Strong mathematical skills

More information on the RSS group and the robotics projects can be found here.
If you want to apply for a robotics project, do that HERE!

What we offer our PhD students

  • A custom-tailored curriculum to prepare you for your career
  • A creative, diverse, and collaborative working environment in one of the world's most innovative and most liveable areas 
  • Integration into the WASP Graduate School, 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
  • A full-time salaried position as state employee with full health care benefits
  • Full-time student status for purposes of union representation and other benefits (e.g., reduced ticket prices) - see below a paragraph on rights and duties of a PhD student.

Being a PhD Student at the Department

The situation of a PhD student in Sweden is two-fold: While being a student with a certain course work load (currently at the Department of Computer Science this corresponds to 90 credits of in total 240, i.e., 37.5% of the nominal load), the candidate will also be fully employed by the University to carry out both course work and research. The employment entails a salary usually sufficient to sustain a small household, which is raised during the studentship according to certain milestones (in terms of credits) being achieved. 

The studentship / employment in this particular case is fully funded for four years through WASP, however, it is common for PhD students to also take on up to 20% of full working time of departmental duties, most often as teaching assistant. These commitments are then funded by the department, which means that the overall time for the PhD studentship is spread out over five years with on average 80% of a full time work load per year assigned to the PhD studies (course work and research), and 20% dedicated to teaching. About half way through the project, i.e. after approximately 2.5 years, it is common for PhD candidates to obtain a Licentiate degree. This is not compulsory, however, it can be a good opportunity to consolidate the achievements of the first part of the project, and helps to shape the direction of further research. 

In case you are already interested in learning about the Phd student union, you can do that here.

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