Interested in WASP’s upcoming Industrial PhD Student call? Join our webinar to learn more!

WASP invites everyone interested in the upcoming WASP Industrial PhD Student Call to an information webinar on January 27th, 2021, 13:15-15:15. The webinar will be held through Zoom. If you wish to attend, please register through the link below. You will receive a meeting invitation a couple of days before the webinar.

About the WASP Industrial PhD Student Call

WASP is 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 WASP’s research areas and expect to have a strong visionary and novelty nature, i.e., not only application development. The call opens January 25th, 2021.

WASP industrial PhD students will be part of the WASP graduate school. The graduate school is making efforts to actively attract industrial PhD students. To make the industrial PhD studies relevant to companies, courses offered in the program are tailored to meet the future needs in industry.

About Industrial PhD studies

In our Industrial PhD Report, an overall comment from the editors is the possibilities for industry to think of industrial PhD students as a strategic instrument. The main types of results for participating industry are partly concrete in the form of research results and a doctoral degree but also, as shown in recent research, participating industries improve their overall innovation capability.

Webinar Program

13:15   Introduction by Anders Ynnerman, WASP Program Director

13:30   General presentation about WASP Industrial PhD Student program, Karl-Erik Årzén, Lund University, Danica Kragic, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

13:55   WASP Graduate School, Fredrik Heintz, WASP Graduate School Director

14:15   Perspectives from Claes Lundström, WASP Industrial Supervisor and Karin Stacke, WASP Industrial PhD student, Sectra/Linköping University

14:45   Questions and discussion

15:00   Wrap up

Recording of the Webinar

Questions and Answers from the webinar

The PhD student needs to be in Sweden to be able to take part of the WASP Graduate School. In addition the PhD student needs to be registered at one of the WASP universities (as described in the call text).

You can not apply as an individual student. When it comes to industrial PhD studies, it is always the company that applies for a joint project together with a senior researcher at a university. The student candidate for the project is often an existing employee. If you are interested in enrolling in industrial PhD studies you should talk to your employer.

The PhD candidate must be named in the application and then employed by the company at the time of the start of the project.

The salary is set by the company or by the university where the PhD student is employed.

Yes, all PhD students within WASP can apply for longer or shorter research positions abroad.

Most courses include one-three meetings, where the participants gather for joint exercises and activities for two days. Due to the present corona restrictions they are however at the moment held online.

One of the main criteria is the assessment of the candidate’s ability to pass the doctoral courses within WASP. High grades in courses relevant for the PhD studies is an important factor.

Previous academic publications will be considered as a merit.

Research experience and published research in journals will be considered as merits. The assessment of the candidate’s ability to pass the doctoral courses within WASP is still an important factor.

The application format and other instructions related to the submission are found at the call page: 

WASP accepts adjunct professors with docent as academic supervisor if it doesn’t contradict the local rules at the university in question. However, it cannot be the same person that is both the academic and the industrial advisor.

Any formal agreements concerning for example IPR is handled by the company and the supervisor involved in the specific project. WASP is not involved in the process.

Only the universities as specified in the call text can receive funding from WASP.

The evaluation committee consists of academic and industrial representatives selected in order to cover WASPs main research areas.  An evaluation process designed to avoid bias and conflict of interest is applied.

The main consideration is to cover all main research areas. The industrial members of the committee are engaged based on their expertise in a specific topic and not as a representative for their company.

Poor project quality and the merits of the PhD student.

The project can include application focus but must address fundamental research questions.

Security is one of the topics within WASP. For more information please visit:

Since 2016 we have had calls for industrial PhD students every year.

Next call for academic PhD student projects will open during late February. Visit our web page Open Calls for further information.

Academic PhD studies are different from industrial PhD studies. In this case you apply as an individual to a university you are interested in. On the WASP webpage Open Calls, you can see what academic PhD positions funded by WASP that are open for application at the partner universities at the moment (both larger calls for projects and individual projects).

Yes, all WASP PhD students are expected to take part of the WASP Graduate School.

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