Malmö University, located in the center of Malmö, is an innovative, urban, and international institute of higher education, with about 1800 employees and 24000 students. Research and education at the University are characterized by the urgent demands of contemporary society — to contribute to sustainability and equality, based in rigorous science, in close co-operation with external partners and stakeholders, prioritizing and addressing the challenges of the future. Faculty and students work collaboratively to acquire, share, and disseminate knowledge, in order to understand, explain and develop societal circumstances — locally as well as globally.

The Faculty of Technology and society (TS) offers education and research in computer science and media technology as well as engineering, sciences and applied mathematics. A characteristic of our research and teaching is the engagement of companies and other organizations as active participants.

At the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, currently around 60 lecturers, researchers and professors from 20 different countries are employed.

At the department, the research is devoted to the digitalization of our society, and a special area of attention is the Internet of Things, where we mainly investigate the usefulness and human use of the connected devices in our surroundings. Other research areas that our researchers investigate are, e.g., software engineering, intelligent transport systems, and computational media. Apart from a strong cooperation with the industry and with several research organizations, such as the Internet of Things and People Research Center, Software Center, and the Swedish Knowledge Center for Public Transport, our researchers actively take part in research projects with universities around the world.

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Job description and responsibilities
This PhD student position is directed towards the study and development of methods and technologies intended to support the digitalization of higher education. Special attention will be paid to the concept of privacy, as an integral part of the digitalization of universities is information about individuals. Other crucial concepts include the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, which also drive the development towards the universities of tomorrow. Software and application development are also important parts of the job description for the PhD student.

The PhD student will be part of an interdisciplinary research group launched in order to study the digitalization of higher education institutions and to ensure research-based alignment to the university-wide digitalization initiative at Malmö University. The research of the PhD student will also be connected to the Internet of Things and People research center at Malmö University.

Employment as PhD Student
An employed PhD student shall primarily devote time to his/her own research training. Teaching assignments of up to 20% may be part of your duties. Regulations regarding employment of PhD students can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 1-7 §§. The PhD student is expected to actively participate in the research and teaching environment.

The aim of the PhD programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the PhD student to independently conduct research and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge within the project. The PhD programmer is worth 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies).

Eligibility Requirements for Admission
PhD students are both employed at the University and admitted to the study programme in parallel.

To be eligible for PhD studies, a student must have:

1. a second-cycle higher education degree.
2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle.
3. in some other way, nationally or internationally, acquired equivalent knowledge. 

Regulations regarding admission to PhD studies can be found in Higher Education Ordinance 7 Chap. 34-41 §§.

Specific Admission Requirements
Specific eligibility is accorded to those who have knowledge and skills equivalent to a second-cycle degree in computer science or in another subject that has relevance for computer science.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

Assessment and Selection Criteria
Initial assessment concerns the general and specific eligibility requirements (above).
Furthermore, according to the Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 5 §, importance is placed on the student’s ability to appropriate the advanced learning of the third-cycle PhD programme. The previously written material and the dissertation plan are important indicators of this ability as well as research experience and documented relevant working life experience. Of special relevance are independently written material on advanced level (MSc).

Good knowledge (on the level of second-cycle higher education degree) of computer science or related area, knowledge in data management, software development, sensor technology, and machine learning is meritorious.

Knowledge and ability to participate in contexts where the Swedish language is spoken is also meritourious.

Additional assessment criteria include demonstrated analytical and communication skills, and demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.

Andreas Jacobsson, dean, chair at the council for digitalization,
Bo Peterson, head of department,
Sara Eriksson, HR specialist,

Instructions for Application
You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “Apply/Ansök” below. You have the responsibility that your application is completed with all required documentation according to the adverted position. Your application must have arrived no later than 2020-02-23.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in Sweden at the start of the appointment

The application should contain the following documents (when applicable):

1. A personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests in relation to the position. (max 2 pages)
2. CV
3. Complete list of publications and creative works relevant to the position (including scholarly as well as general-interest publications, advanced level independent thesis and reports).
3. Master's thesis or similar degree projects
4. Copies of writings that you specifically wish to highlight (maximum 3 writings)
5. Certificates and university transcripts, certifying your CV
6. References (at least 2; names, titles, contact information positions/relation.
Please do not submit letters of reference).

Form of Employment
Employment is full-time and time restricted according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 7 §.

Malmö University is characterized by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal opportunities add value to our activities.

Starting Date
As soon as possible

Union Representatives
SACO, Stefan Gustafsson,
ST/OFR Bodil Sterner,
PhD Student Union representative,

Welcome with your application!