Halmstad University, School of Information Technology


Recent growth in the research activities and the well-established educational programs of the School of Information Technology (ITE) is enabling a significant expansion. In 2018 the total research expenditures exceeded 70 MSEK and the school hosted over 850 students. Over the next two years, the School will grow significantly.

The KKS SafeSmart Synergy project – Safety of Connected Intelligent Vehicles in Smart Cities – aims at developing technical advances enabling automated driving in challenging urban scenarios. The advertised Ph.D. position involves interdisciplinary research spanning both the field of  Wireless Communication Networks, and the field of Motion Control of Autonomous vehicles. The scientific questions shall revolve around how to steer autonomous vehicles at road intersections, using sensor data as well as the data packets exchanged with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure.

The work shall require versatility as it involves: (i) Mathematical analysis, (ii) Practical design, (iii) Software implementation, (iv) Interfacing with the Testing team, and (v) Interfacing with the Sensing team. One of the main challenges is to keep system testability in mind and jointly design: (A) MAC and Link layer protocols in the vehicular communication networks, and (B) Motion control algorithms in the autonomous vehicles.


The employment as doctoral student involves individual research studies (80%) and additional institutional duties or teaching within the subject field (20 %). The Ph.D. student will be carrying out research in a highly international research environment at the department of Intelligent Systems and Digital Design (ISDD), School of Information Technology, Halmstad University, Sweden, see http://www.hh.se/en-US/akademinforinformationsteknologi.1240.html.

The research project is funded by KKS and will be carried out in collaboration with the project’s industrial partners, for the advertised position primarily Scania, see http://www.scania.com, AstaZero, see https://www.astazero.com, and H&E Solutions https://evam.life/ The other partners in the SafeSmart include Quviq, KPIT, TerraNet, and Gutec.


The suitable candidate has a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics, Communication Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Robotics/Mechatronics or closely related fields. Students expecting to finalize their degree during the spring 2019 are also welcome to apply. An ideal candidate would have expertise in some, and interest in all of the following fields: Wireless networking protocols, Vehicular technology, Control theory, Embedded systems, and Programming.

Only persons who are being admitted, or already have been admitted, to doctoral studies at an institution of higher education may be appointed doctoral students. (The Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, § 3). The student’s ability to benefit from doctoral studies will be taken into account when we make the appointment. (The Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, § 5).


Doctoral students are employees of the University and paid a salary according to a uniform salary scale, adjusted in relation to the progress in education.

The position includes studies up to a doctoral degree and is annually extended in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §7. The total employment period is four years but may be extended to a maximum of five years if the student performs 20% teaching or other tasks within the university.


Applications should be sent via Halmstad University's recruitment system Varbi (see link on this page).

1. a cover letter stating the purpose of the application and a brief statement of why you believe that your background and goals are well-matched with the goals of this position,

2. a Curriculum Vitae that includes at least

a. a list of previous degrees, dates, and institution, transcripts for higher-education studies until most recent available

b. a complete list of publications and a description of previous research and other work experience and links to online copies of the most important publications

3. copies of previous transcripts and degrees,

4. a copy of previous publications, if any, and

5. contact information for three reference persons.

List of qualifications and other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to should be enclosed with the application. All copies must be attested.

General Information

We value the qualities that gender balance and diversity bring to our organization. We therefore welcome applicants with different backgrounds, gender, functionality and, not least, life experience.
The working language at Halmstad University is English and knowledge of the Swedish language not required to start working. Also for daily life, English is spoken widely and Sweden has the highest English Proficiency index in the world. Learning to speak Swedish will make it easier to interact with public and private services, to follow local and national issues, to participate in teaching junior students, and to participate in administrative and leadership roles. National Swedish language courses (SFI) are
available on campus. Read more about Halmstad University at http://hh.se/english/discover/discoverhalmstaduniversity.9285.html

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Halmstad
County Hallands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2019/33
  • Håkan Pettersson, 035-167306
  • Stefan Byttner, 035-167792
Union representative
  • Kristina Hildebrand, Saco-S, 070-7721015
  • Camilla Soto, ST, 035-167242
  • Anniqa Lagergren, OFR, 035-167655
Published 12.Apr.2019
Last application date 17.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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