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 (2021-01-25) offering up to 10 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.

Information Webinar and FAQ

Learn more about industrial PhD studies in WASP, see the recording of the information webinar held on January 27th and the associated FAQ.

To the webinar and FAQ

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.

Evaluation Criteria


  • Scientific excellence
  • Uniqueness, visionary and novelty nature
  • Potential to collaborate with other WASP initiatives such as WARA, NEST etc.

PhD student

  • Grades from Master education


  • Scientific merits
  • International research experience
  • Pedagogical skills and merits
  • Ability and experience to collaborate with academia and industry
  • Doctoral student and supervisor constellation with underrepresented gender are encouraged

Industrial Partner

  • The industrial partners financial and operational conditions to actively participate in the project.


Call opens January 25th 2021
Call closes April 7th 2021
Decision on approved projects taken by the WASP Board May 20th 2021
Communication about decisions May 24th-25th
Projects expect to start in the interval of: August 1st 2021-January 1st 2022

Application Process

The application should be written in a dedicated application form and submitted jointly by the industry and university PI’s. 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 2021-04-07, 23:59.

Please make sure that the first page in the application form is signed by both the academic and the industrial supervisor. Due to the current Corona situation, WASP accepts electronic signatures.

Please note that you will receive a confirmation shortly after that you have submitted your application. If you don’t receive this confirmation, please contact us. In the confirmation email you can find all the details regarding your application including the attached application form and CVs. There is also an “edit” function which make it possible to edit your application and attachments until 2021-04-07, 23:59.  

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