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 offering up to 15 industrial doctoral student projects within AI, Autonomous systems and Software at the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University as well as at the Affiliated Groups of Excellence at Örebro University, Uppsala University and Luleå University of Technology. 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.

You can submit an application for a single PhD candidate, or an application for 2 candidates, if at least one of the candidates is of the underrepresented gender. Should you submit an application for two candidates, the application form needs to be completed with the additional candidate’s name and CV. A 2 Phd student application should also clearly describe what each of the students will do within the project and how they complement each other in the project.

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 using the application template and submitted jointly by the industry and university partners. All the parts of the application, including requested CVs as stated in the template, should be submitted as a single file to WASP application portal no later than 2024-10-01, 14:00.

Each industrial supervisor may submit at most one application.

Link to the application portal will be published here shortly.

Application template WASP Industrial doctoral student

Information and guidance

There will be an information webinar for industry. 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 Robert Feldt robert.feldt@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
LTU Marcus Liwicki marcus.liwicki@ltu.se
UmU Erik Elmroth erik.elmroth@umu.se
UU Thomas Schön thomas.schon@it.uu.se
ÖrU Amy Loutfi amy.loutfi@oru.se


2024-05-27 Information & Q/A Webinar (10:00-12:00)
2024-06-10 Call opens
2024-10-01 Application deadline 14:00
2024-12-06 Decision communicated
2025-01-01 Earliest Start date
2025-TBD Latest Start date
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