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Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023

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Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023.
Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023

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Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students. Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023

We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

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The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) subject at the department of Computer Science and Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is now looking for one PhD student contributing to our growing activities. Ph.D. Fellowship in Luleå University of Technology 2023

The RAI team is conducting fundamental research in all the aspects of robotics with a specific focus on aerial, space and bioinspired robotics. The vision of RAI is aiming in closing the gap from theory to real life, while the team has a strong expertise in field robotics. Specific application areas of focus are robotics for mines, aerial inspection of aging infrastructure, multi-robotic search and rescue, multi sensorial fusion and multirobot coordination, including multirobot perception, decentralization and mission execution.

The RAI team has a strong European participation in multiple R&D&I projects, while RAI is also participating in the DARPA SUB-T challenge with the CoSTAR Team lead by NASA/JPL.

Subject description

Robotics and artificial intelligence aim to develop novel robotic systems that are characterised by advanced autonomy for improving the ability of robots to interact with the surrounding environment and humans during the execution of specific tasks.

Project description

You will be working in the field of robotics and their activities will be linked with National, European and worldwide R&D Projects.

The research topic is in the area of Robotics and AI. More specifically, the position will involve dense research activities in the area of designing, experimenting and theoretical control development in the area of underwater robotics and topics:

– Reinforcement learning for underwater autonomy
– Multi-Sensorial fusion
– Frugal AI for mission planner for team of hybrid underwater robots
– Deep learning for localization
– Simultaneous localization, path planning and exploration
– Risk aware underwater path planning
– Underwater frontier based exploration
– Control barrier functions for underwater safety and docking maneuvers


You will perform research with substantial theoretical and experimental components that should be published in peer-reviewed major international journals and at major conferences. The position will include supervision of MSc and to assist in grant applications from research funding agencies/councils, the EU framework program or the industry. The position might also involve teaching assistance, seminars and presentations.


To be qualified for the position, you must have a MSc degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science or related subject. You will need to represent the group in different occasions, both in Sweden and world-wide, therefore excellent skills in English is a must. Perfect scientific skills with excellence in real life experimentation, as well as very good communication skills are considered as a strong plus.


Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years, teaching and other department duties may be added with max 20%. Placement: Luleå. Starting: 2023.

For further information please contact Chaired Professor George Nikolakopoulos (+46)920-49 1298, [email protected]

Union representatives:SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 [email protected], OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792 [email protected]

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV with a full description of all the scientific merits of the candidate, motivation letter, list of 2 persons that could provide recommendation for the candidate and copies of verified and translated diplomas from high school and universities. Please write your application in English. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Closing date for applications: November 20, 2022
Reference number: 4158-2022
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