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Being the sixth largest university in Sweden, Linnaeus University has established a computer science department with international reputation. The Department of Computer Science currently has more than 50 faculty members, who have conducted research in major areas of computer science such as software engineering, visualization and visual analytics, embedded systems, adaptive systems, networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc. Our mission is to educate the next generation computer scientists to bring about scientific and technological innovations to the nation and to the world.

Adopted in: The research of the PhD student will concentrate on cyber-physical systems and cyber-physical systems security, and the target application domain is smart power system.

Type of employment: The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higer Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent full-time postgraduate studies of four years. Location is Växjö.

Work description

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) study the close interaction and the deep integration between the cyber computational components and the physical components that could involve energy systems, mechanical systems, human activities and surrounding environment. CPS itself is a highly interdisciplinary research field, and this position has the specific focus on studying the security, reliability, and performance issues in the link between the information system and the power system in a smart power CPS. In details, the research topics cover residential homes, commercial buildings, and other civil infrastructures in a smart power CPS, which becomes more and more intelligent thanks to the rapid advancement of various cyber technologies. Through integrating advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies, smart homes, buildings, and power distribution systems can be built to improve quality, reliability, and security, and to reduce energy and monetary costs. However, the design, implementation and operation of the smart power CPS still face many challenges that arise from the rapid increase of functional complexity, the significant uncertainty from physical environment and human activities, the increasing deployment of distributed and networked architecture, and the stringent requirements on security, safety, and reliability. The PhD student is expected to conduct the state-of-the-art research for building secure and efficient smart homes, buildings, and power distribution system in a smart power CPS.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.


A person fulfils the general entry requirements if he/she has

  • been awarded a degree on second-cycle level in computational, theoretical or physical chemistry or related subjects
  • completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or
  • in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge.

Specific requirements

  • approved courses of a minimum of 90 credits in the subject Computer and Information Science or the equivalent, and
  • an individual study project of a minimum of 15 credits in the subject Computer and Information Science, or the equivalent.

Other assessment grounds

Strong background in power systems and solid knowledge in statistical analysis, signal processing, and embedded systems would be desired and good language skills in English.

Assessment grounds

Selection of applicants is made with regard to the applicants' ability to assimilate the education at the research level. 

More information about assessment and selection criteria can be found in the respective subjects General study plan for postgraduate education see https://lnu.se/utbildning/forskarutbildning/


Professor: Shiyan Hu, Full Professor and Chair of Cyber-Physical Systems, Department of Computer Science, email: shiyan.hu@lnu.se

Head of department: Jesper Andersson, email: jesper.andersson@lnu.se

HR-partner: Emmy Andersson, email: emmy.andersson@lnu.se

Union representatives may be contacted via the university switchboard at +46-772-288000

Application deadline is 20181031.

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.