Doctoral student in computer science


Ref REK 2021/188

About Malmö University

Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.


The Faculty of Technology and Society, TS, conducts education and research with a focus on technology and natural sciences, in close collaboration with industry and other social actors and higher education institutions. The two departments at the faculty are: Computer Science and Media Technology and Materials Science and Applied Mathematics.


The Department of Computer Science and Media Technology provides research-linked courses and study programmes at first-cycle and second-cycle level. The department conducts research in: Computer science, Information Systems, Software Engineering and Media and Communication Technology. Education and research are conducted in close collaboration with parties from both the private and public sectors.

Work duties

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research, artistic research and administration, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post (Chapter 5, Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

The PhD student will work with the development and application of methods in computer science, including optimization, simulation, agent technology, and machine learning in order to build decision support systems in the area of health care logistics, with special focus on stroke patients.

The PhD student will be part of an interdisciplinary research initiative aiming at improving healthcare logistics and providing equal care for the inhabitants of the Southern Health Care Region, which comprise the Regional councils of Blekinge, Halland Kronoberg, and Skåne. The initiative is a collaboration between Malmö university, Skåne University Hospital, and the Southern Regional Health Care Committee, and the current focus of the work is to improve the situation for the stroke patients in the region.

Stroke is a medical condition resulting in reduced blood flow in the vessels inside the brain. The lack of blood flow causes severe damage on the brain cells, and without immediate treatment, the patient has a low chance to make a satisfactory recovery and almost two in five patients die. However, providing fast treatment of stroke patients is far from trivial, which to a large extent is due to logistical challenges.

The work of the PhD students is expected to result in strategic and operational decision support to
1. Identify logistical approaches that have potential to reduce the time from emergency call to treatment of patients.
2. Evaluate the identified approaches using simulation.
3. Suggest operational solutions in real time.

In particular, optimization and simulation is involved in the identification and evaluation of actions, and machine learning methodology is involved to generate operational decision support.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Those who have basic requirements for admission will have:

  • passed a degree at advanced level, or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS at advanced level, or
  • in some other way, in- or outside Sweden, have acquired equivalent knowledge (HEO Chapter 7 section 39)

Special 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, or
  • have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in or outside Sweden
  • are proficient in English to the extent required for conducting postgraduate studies in computer science

The ability to demonstrate the following skills and experience is desirable:

  • Experience with programming using different programming languages
  • Experience with mathematical optimization, simulation, and/or machine learning
  • Methodological and scientific maturity
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines 

Assessment criteria

When selecting between applicants for vacant positions, the ability to complete postgraduate education is assessed (HEO Chapter 7 Section 5).

Further information

Head of department, Bo Peterson, 040-6657619,

HR-specialist, Sara Eriksson, 040-665 76 59,

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You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than 2021-10-15. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • Completed application form for admission to Research Education
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
  • Independent work at advanced level (including master thesis or equivalent)


The post is full-time and for a limited period, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Start date


Union representatives

SACO-S Mats Syde,

OFR/ST Bodil Sterner,


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 15/10/2021 by clicking the apply button.