Ph.D. Student Position in Computer Science (Decision-Support Systems for On-Demand Public Transport)

The Faculty of Technology and Society

The Faculty of Technology and Society (TS) offers educations and research in computer science and media technology as well as engineering and natural sciences and applied mathematics. A characteristic of our research and teaching is the engagement of companies and other organizations as active participants. We are located in Malmö city, close to Malmö Central Station.

The Department of Computer Science and Media Technology

At the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, currently around 60 lecturers, researchers and professors are employed. The department has an international flair with employees from some 20 different countries.

The department offers eight different bachelor degree programmes and three master degree programmes within media development, computer science, computer systems engineering and informatics. Our degree programmes, as well as our research activities, have a close connection with the surrounding society and the industries in it. Most of our educational programmes were assessed as maintaining very high quality by the Swedish Agency of Higher Education in the latest evaluation.

At the department, the research is devoted to the digitalization of our society, and a special area of attention is the Internet of Things, where we mainly investigate the usefulness and human use of the connected devices in our surroundings. Other research areas that our researchers investigate are, e.g., software engineering, intelligent transport systems, and computational media. Apart from a strong cooperation with the industry and with several research organizations, such as the Internet of Things and People Research Center, Software Center, and the Swedish Knowledge Center for Public Transport, our researchers actively take part in research projects with universities around the world.

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Job description Ph.D. programme in Computer Science

Demand responsive transport (DRT) is often suggested as an opportunity to offer cost-efficient public transport, especially in areas with low demand and for special purpose services. The breakthrough of smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT) in recent years has led to an increased interest in DRT. There are many ongoing initiatives based on the concept of booking a shared ride by using a smartphone, and re-routing vehicles based on real-time demand.

The Ph.D. student will participate in a research project that aims to better understand the conditions of where on-demand services could be useful, how such services should be implemented, and assess such services without having to launch real tests. The PhD student will focus on the investigation and development of:

  • decision support tools for assessing new DRT concepts in different geographical areas, and

  • methods for simulation and optimization of DRT.
  • The employed Ph.D. student is expected to spend part of the time at the K2 office situated in Lund,

Employment as a Ph.D. student

An employed Ph.D. student shall primarily devote time to his/her own research training. Teaching assignments of up to 20% may be part of your duties. Regulations regarding employment of Ph.D. students can be found in Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 1-7 §§. The Ph.D. student is expected to actively participate in the research and teaching environment.

The aim of the Ph.D. programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the Ph.D. student to independently conduct research and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge within the project. The Ph.D. programme is worth 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and usually combines with 20% teaching.

Eligibility requirements for admission

Ph.D. students are both employed and admitted to the study programme in parallel.
To be eligible for PhD studies, a student must have:

  1. a second-cycle higher education degree.

  2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle.

  3. in some other way, nationally or internationally, acquired equivalent knowledge.

Regulations regarding admission to PhD studies can be found in Higher Education Ordinance 7 Chap. 34-41 §§.

Special admission requirements

Special eligibility is accorded to those who have knowledge and skills equivalent toa second-cycle degree in computer science or in another subject that has relevance for computer science

Good knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

Assessment and selection criteria

Initial assessment concerns the general and specific eligibility requirements (above).

Further, according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 5 §, importance is placed on the student’s ability to appropriate the advanced learning of the third-cycle PhD programme. The previously written material is an important indicator of this ability as well as research experience and documented relevant working life experience. Of special relevance are independently written material on advanced level (MSc).

Good knowledge (on the level of second-cycle higher education degree) of computer science or related area.

Additional assessment criteria include demonstrated analytical and communication skills, and demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.


Paul Davidsson, Professor,

Bo Peterson, acting head of the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology,

Sara Säthersten, HR specialist,

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Instructions for application

You apply through Malmö Universities’ recruitment system by clicking the button “ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is completed with all required documentation according to the adverted position. Your application must have arrived no later than 4 January 2018.

The application should contain the following documents (when applicable):

  1. A personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests in relation to the position. (max 2 pages)        

  2. CV

  3. Complete list of publications and creative works relevant to the position (including scholarly as well as general-interest publications, advanced level independent thesis and reports).

  4. Master's thesis or similar degree projects

  5. Copies of writings that you specifically wish to highlight (maximum 3 writings)  

  6. Certificates and university transcripts, certifying your CV

  7. References (at least 2; names, titles, contact information positions/relation. Please do not submit letters of reference). 


Form of employment and starting date

Employment is full-time and time restricted according to Higher Education Ordinance 5 Chap. 7 §.
Starting date: 1 February 2018 or according to agreement.

Malmö University is characterized by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal opportunities add value to our activities.

Union representatives

SACO, Stefan Gustafsson

ST/OFR Anita Marttila

PhD Student Union representative Niklas Ehrlin,

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