PhD student in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence WASP

PhD student in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence WASP

Annons: 28892546
Yrke: Doktorand
Arbetsgivare: Luleå tekniska universitet
Arbetets ort: Luleå, Norrbottens län
Senaste ansökningsdatum: 2024-08-20
Publiceringsdatum: 2024-06-13


Arbetslivserfarenhet: Doktorand


Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.We are looking for a PhD student in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence based at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering as part of the national research program WASP. Robotics and AI - Luleå University of Technology (

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest individual research program ever, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems.
The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish society and industry.
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The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers and industry. Read more:

Subject description
Robotics and artificial intelligence aim to develop novel robotic systems that are characterized by advanced autonomy for improving the ability of robots to interact with the surrounding environment and humans during the execution of specific tasks.

Project description
The PhD student will focus on the topic of Reconfiguration of Dynamic Indoor Environments through Interactive Mobile Manipulation, by employing tools such as reactive task allocation, automatic behavior-tree generation and indoor scene graphs. Specifically, the following would be the research directions:
- Task assignment for mobile manipulators in indoor environments
- Knowledge representation systems for dynamic indoor environments
- Reinforcement Learning for interaction with movable objects
- Generative AI in Robotics

As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects.

We seek a highly motivated doctoral student eager to make a difference in robotics and artificial intelligence. Candidates should have a master’s degree in electrical engineering or computer science or completed coursework amounting to at least 240 ECTS-credits including at least 60 ECTS-credits from the second cycle in the field of electrical engineering or computer science; alternatively demonstrated essentially equivalent knowledge. We expect candidates to have previous experience in areas such as control engineering, reinforcement learning, field robotics. Furthermore, candidates should have excellent study results, very good programming skills and high proficiency in oral and written communication in English.

For further information about a specific subject see, General syllabus for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Further information
Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Placement: Luleå. Starting: 01.11.2024

For further information about the position, please contact
Professor George Nikolakopoulos, +(46)920-49 1298,

Union representatives:
SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 
OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Closing date for applications: 20.08.2024
Reference number: 2629-2024