Mälardalen University (MDH) is one of Sweden’s largest HEI with a clear focus on co-production with companies, organisations and the public sector for the past 40 years.

MDH offers courses and programmes in Business, Health, Engineering and Education. MDH is a powerful driving force in the expansive Stockholm Mälardalen region, which account for almost half of Sweden’s BNP. The School of Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDT) at MDH  is a multidisciplinary research environment accommodating the two research specializations of innovation and product realization (IPR) and embedded systems (ES).

IDT has extensive experience of international projects, a proven track record in industrial cooperation and commercialization of research and a professional research organization, over 65% of the funds for research are external funding secured in national- and international competition.

The research environments at IDT include 21 full professors, 26 visiting/adjunct professors, 13 associate professors, more than 60 additional senior researchers (PhDs) — 23 of whom split their time between industry and academia—and approximately 110 PhD students (of which 32 are industrial PhD students).

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Full time/part time
Closing date for application: July 31 2020
Campus location: Eskilstuna
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, (IDT)

Position description

MDH is now opening 4 PhD positions within the research environment Innovation and product realization (IPR) and more specifically connected to the Division of Product Realization. Research is of a cross-disciplinary character and addresses several areas, including Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Modeling & Simulation, Predictive Maintenance, Digital Twins, and Cyber-Security. IPR is a dynamic and stimulating research environment with a balanced mix of senior and younger researchers.

The PhD positions are full-time temporary positions for 5 years, where 20% of the time is allocated for teaching or administrative assignments. The selected candidates will perform research in close collaboration with leading industrial manufacturing companies (e.g., Volvo Construction Equipment, GKN Driveline, Bombardier Transportation, etc.) and other relevant organizations such as our collaboration platform MITC (Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center). They will have the opportunity to perform hands-on experimentation with MITC Festo laboratory equipment for industry automation and leverage on the facilities available at the MDH XR lab for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

The selected candidates will work in one or more research projects in the context of Industry 4.0 and Cyber-Physical Systems. Depending on the specific skills and interest of each applicant, he/she will work in one of the following research areas, possibly contributing to the others due to the strong interrelation and cooperation objectives:

1.Innovation and design area focusing on innovative production development through smart processes and methods. Supervisor: Prof. Jessica Bruch

2.Computer science area focusing on cloud-based cyber-physical systems and industrial Internet of things. Supervisor: Prof. Moris Behnam

3.Computer science area focusing on artificial intelligence, operations research and production planning. Supervisor: Prof. Markus Bohlin

4.Computer science area focusing on performability modeling, cyber-security and resilience of industrial critical systems. Supervisor: Prof. Francesco Flammini


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. For futher information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

A candidate for the positions must have:

  • A Master´s degree in a field relevant for the positions and the potential research topics
  • Strong interests in research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and in teams that might be cross-disciplinary
  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts and networks with research partners in academia, industry or other organisations

Other qualifying merits are:

  • Interests in pedagogics and teaching
  • Interests in pursuing a career in academia
  • Skills in Swedish or willingness to learn the language.

Personal characteristics will play a key role for selecting candidates

Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.



Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the "Apply" button below.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Anders Berglund


016-15 51 13


Markus Bohlin



Jessica Bruch



Moris Behnam



Francesco Flammini



Michaël Le Duc

Facklig representant SACO

021-10 14 02

Susanne Meijer

Facklig representant (OFR)

021-10 14 89

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