Sweden: PhD Studentship in Automation Engineering

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Deadline: January 16, 2007.

The School of Technology and Society is looking for a

PhD student in Automation Engineering with specialization in Information Fusion, Ref nr 405-06-42

The University of Skövde defines the subject of Automation Engineering
as the studies of automated equipment, processes and systems.

The PhD student will focus on information fusion within a context of
virtual manufacturing for automated process improvement and system
optimisation. This area includes the synergistic integration of
snapshot/sensor data with databases and simulation models for improving
product quality and process optimisation. The research entails tools
and methods, mainly from the field of virtual manufacturing,
computational intelligence and data mining, for predicting and
optimising product quality and system performance. The actual research
topic will be defined in close cooperation with the industrial

Qualified for employment is an individual that has a research
preparing undergraduate degree from a university or college with a
major in automation engineering, process engineering, computer science
or related discipline.


The following criteria for evaluation apply to this position:

  • an expressed interest in automation engineering, in particular virtual manufacturing,

  • talent for and interest in applying computational intelligence
    and/or data mining tools and techniques to solve complex industrial
    problems is considered an additional qualification,
  • good programming skills, in particular in database application developments,
  • good analytical skills and an inquisitive mind, and
  • high importance is attached to the applicants ability to work in groups and ability to cooperate with industry.

Only a person admitted to Ph.D. studies may be appointed to the
position. The degree of ability to make progress in Ph.D. studies will
be primarily referred to at the appointment.

The position offers exciting research assignments in a creative
interdisciplinary environment with great possibilities for personal
development. The applicant has an opportunity to influence the
direction of the research within the subject area. As a member of the
research group in Automation Engineering at the School of Technology
and Society, the applicant will be part of a team that works with
closely related problem areas.

The successful candidate will participate in the Information Fusion Research Programme, www.infofusion.se

Work assignments consist to 80 % of PhD. studies within the frame of
information fusion and to 20 % of departmental work at the School of
Technology and Society. Salary will be according to existing local
agreement. The employment is time-limited to a maximum of five years
and comprises 100%.

The University of Skövde strives to maintain ethnic and cultural
diversity as well as an equal gender distribution within all categories
of its personnel. Since the majority of the doctoral students within
the subject are women, the university especially welcomes female


Information about the position is provided
by Leo J De Vin, Professor. Union information is provided by André
Leblanc (SACO-S), Ulrika Granlid (TCO) or Elisabeth Berggren (the
Swedish Teachers Union). These persons may be reached through the
Universitys switchboard, 0046-(0)500-448000.

Your application must be marked with reference number 405-06-42 and mailed to:


University of Skövde

Box 408

SE-541 28, Skövde


Deadline: January 16, 2007.

The application must be submitted with an attested list of
qualifications, brief written account of scientific, pedagogical and
other activities (including future work plans and development within
respective activity), list of publications and work referred to, no
more than five scientific publications (a minimum of two published
during the last three years). Information about employment at the
University is provided in our Terms of Employment, i.a. a
recommendation for designing a portfolio of qualifications.

All documents must be submitted in two sets.

Documents should to the extent possible be in English. According to
the regulations of the National Archives the University is obliged to
keep application documents for two years after the appointment of the
position. Applicants requesting documents to be returned will have them
returned after two years, otherwise the documents will be destroyed.

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