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Information about the project

The European Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network TOMOCON joins 12 international academic institutions and 15 industry partners. In this network, we address the emerging field of industrial process control using smart tomographic sensors. The network will lay the scientific and technological foundation of integrating imaging sensors into industrial processes and will demonstrate its functional feasibility on lab and pilot-scale applications. Our doctoral researchers will be trained and work in the fields of process tomography hardware, software, and algorithms, control systems theory and design, industrial process design, multi-physics modelling and simulation, human-computer interaction (HCI), and massive parallel data processing. More information about the network and all open positions can be found on our web page Within TOMOCON we seek excellent open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidates who will get unique international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral training in scientific and transferable skills by distinguished leaders from academia and industry. Within the TOMOCON network we offer the following PhD position at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Chalmers University of Technology. The research group will be the t2i lab at Chalmers,

Major responsibilities
Industrial tomography provides rich data but new control methodologies are needed if these data are to be used for real-time control. Human-computer interaction (HCI), visual analytics and machine learning are all disciplines needed to tackle such challenges. The PhD candidate will develop a novel methodology based on image data reduction and visualisation to present process information to operators. This will include selecting and evaluating suitable tools, formats, and architectures. The candidate will also develop concepts for multi-parametric and multimodal visualisation of different tomographic modalities. Finally, the PhD candidate will demonstrate the efficiency of this approach within TOMOCON for microwave drying processes. The PhD candidate will spend secondments of about eight months in total for technical and scientific training on: microwave technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, thermal processing in industrial production at Pinta Elements GmbH, Germany, industrial control and X-ray techniques at Siemens AG, Germany, and on system integration and demonstration of controlled microwave drying in the HEPHAISTOS lab at KIT. The PhD degree will be awarded by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. High-level venues for publication will typically be ACM CHI; ACM UIST; and IEEE VIS The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to up to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

• Distinct university graduation in computer science; focus on Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive Computer Graphics, or Information Visualization
• Profound knowledge of human-computer interaction and/or image data processing
• Sound expertise in mathematical optimization and mathematical modelling
• Advanced programming skills
• Strong interest in user interface design and user interface evaluation
• Good proficiency in English language

Eligibility criteria
The candidate recruited in the TOMOCON project must be Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) and undertake transnational mobility (secondments, trainings, conferences). The candidate must be in the first four years from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate (e.g. master degree). It will be counted backward from the date of recruitment (e.g. 01.03.2018). No doctoral degree has been awarded during these four years. The candidate can be of any nationality. The candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170424 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 28th February, 2018 (position open until a candidate has been found)

For questions, please contact:
Morten Fjeld, Interaction Design,
Marco Fratarcangeli,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!