PhD in Computer Science, Örebro University, Sweden

Publish Date: Oct 05, 2016

Deadline: Oct 17, 2016


The School of Science and Technology at Örebro University offers a fully funded 4 years PhD position in Computer Science starting 1 November 2016.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the research centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), under the supervision of Prof. Nicola Dragoni.

The research project will target the problem of securing the Internet-of-Things, with focus on the pervasive healthcare domain . Potential applications and use cases will be in the context of smart environments for monitoring elders and patients, that is environments enriched with connected electronic devices, such as sensors and actuators, linked to the Internet to form smart sensor networks monitoring several parameters of elders and patients.

The candidate must hold a Master degree in computer science/computer engineering or an equivalent degree. Background on security and/or Internet-of-Things systems is considered a plus.

The Programme

The successful candidate is offered a place on the research study programme concluding with the Degree of Doctor. The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period are granted for instance to compensate for any sick leave and parental leave.

Information on programme content and organisation can be found in the general syllabus for the subject.

Doctoral studentships

The position is offered as a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. Duties such as teaching, administration and research other than the student’s own thesis project may be included, however with no more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. To compensate for time spent on such duties, extensions to the programme length and funding period will be granted. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 25.300 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to research studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they

  • have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The university may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in the subject, the following applies: A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes in the subject if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering or a one-year Master’s degree from a programme within the subject field or related subjects, or if he or she has received a passing grade of at least 120 credits, including an independent project on the second cycle, in a main field of study of relevance to the computer science field. Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

The assessment whether an applicant has such ability in other respects to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant.

In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the research studies shall be taken into account (see the university’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject). If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the research study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.


The application is made online. Click in the original web page the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure (please note that the feature does not work on mobile or tablet).

When applying for admission to research studies, always attach the following documents:

  • The form (You may find in the original web page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Proof of completed higher education, if applicable degree certificates
  • Independent project (degree certificate)
  • Other documents, course and degree certifacates, certificates

As a general rule, applications and enclosures should be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Documents written in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (

When assessing higher education credentials from abroad, Örebro University follows the principles for validation applied by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad are recommended to contact UHR ( to have their qualifications assessed.

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

Note: We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

About Örebro University

Örebro University is a modern and prominent broad-based university with the courage to review and the ability to evolve. Our professional degree programmes are among the best in the country and we endeavour to be an attractive place of work where members of staff feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. 1,200 employees and 15,000 students come to work and study at Örebro University.

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