Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. The vision of WASP is Excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.

The graduate school within WASP is dedicated to providing the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to the interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD-students, researchers, and industry. The graduate school provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance. Further information about WASP Graduate School can be found here.

Open positions within AI, Autonomous systems and Software

We are now (2022-01-21) offering up to 15 industrial doctoral student positions within AI, Autonomous systems and Software at the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University as well as the research groups at Örebro University and Uppsala University that are members of WASP AI. The industrial partner should have research activities in Sweden.

The projects are expected to address fundamental research problems within any of WASPs research areas and expect to have a strong visionary and novelty nature, i.e., not only application development.

Guidelines for WASP Industrial doctoral student positions

There is a set of guidelines for WASP Industrial PhD students that is important to consider during the application process. The guidelines (in Swedish) can be found here.

Application process

The application should be written in a dedicated application form and submitted jointly by the industry and university. The form together with requested CVs and a course transcript for the industrial doctoral student, as stated in the form, should be submitted to WASP application portal no later than 2022-04-07

Forms for application and CV and a link to the application portal will be published here on the date of the opening of the call.

Information and guidance

There will be an information webinar for industry on January 24th. In addition to general information there will be a possibility to ask questions and to get suggestions for academic contacts. For further information please contact:

CTH Ivica Crnkovic ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se
KTH Bo Wahlberg bo@kth.se
LU Karl-Erik Årzén karl-erik.arzen@control.lth.se
LiU Michael Felsberg michael.felsberg@liu.se
UmU Erik Elmroth erik.elmroth@umu.se
UU Thomas Schön thomas.schon@it.uu.se
ÖrU Amy Loutfi amy.loutfi@oru.se


2022-01-21 Call opens
2022-01-24 13:15-16:00 Information & Q/A (Webinar)
2022-04-07 Application deadline
2022-06-03 Decision communicated
2022-08-01 Earliest Start date
2023-01-01 Latest Start date
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