Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-04086/2021
Örebro University and the School of Science and Technology are offering two
PhD positions in Computer Science with a focus on integrating Machine Learning
and Machine Reasoning, concluding with the doctoral degree. The PhD student
will be affiliated with the research Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor
Systems (AASS, https:// www. oru.se/aass), which carries out multi-disciplinary
research at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, artificial
intelligence, computer vision and measurement technology.
Start date: winter 2022
The project will investigate how to develop systems that learn and reason in
an artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems context. While there
has been a lot of progress on both machine learning and machine reasoning,
their integration remains a key open challenge in artificial intelligence and
autonomous systems. The distinction between learning and reasoning is related
to the differences between fast and slow thinking, between data-driven and
knowledge-based approaches, and between symbolic versus sub-symbolic
representations. The project will build upon neuro-symbolic computation as a
paradigm for integrating (neural-based) learning and symbolic reasoning. The
goal of the project is to develop neural-symbolic approaches and apply them to
autonomous sensor systems.
The project is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software
Program (WASP), Sweden's largest ever individual research program, and a
major national initiative for strategic basic research, education and faculty
recruitment. The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in
artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of
Swedish industry. For more information about the research and other activities
conducted within WASP please visit: https:// wasp-sweden.org/.
The PhD students will belong to the graduate school within WASP, which is
dedicated to provide the skills needed to analyze, develop, and contribute to
the interdisciplinary area of AI, autonomous systems and software. The
curriculum provides the foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art
knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the
field. 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. For more information on the
graduate program within WASP, read more at https: // wasp-sweden.org/graduate-
The successful candidate should show strong and independent problem solving
and critical analytical abilities. Furthermore, the candidate must have the
ability to co-operate. Fluent spoken and written command of English is
essential, while knowledge of Swedish is not necessary. Having courses, a
thesis or publications based on the idea of integrating symbolic and sub-
symbolic AI methods is a merit.
The programme and the doctoral studentship
The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project
that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a
doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of
Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful
throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A
thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a
solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at
Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series,
covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support
during the study period and networking.
The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for
the duration of the study programme. 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 SEK 28 100 a month.
The doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students
enrolled on a doctoral programme. It guarantees employment for the duration of
the doctoral programme (given that the studies progress).
Entry requirements and selection
For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both
general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition,
applicants must 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 computer science.
Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in
computer science if they have 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. A person who
has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also
meets the specific entry requirements.
For more information on the programme and the post, please contact Dr. Marjan
Alirezaie () or Prof. Lars Karlsson +46 19303355 ().
Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as
well as a work environment characterized by openness, trust and respect. We
value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.
Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship
The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be
The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes,
and if applicable a degree certificate
Degree project/independent project
Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying
eligibility and criteria met
Description of research interests – detailing the field of research you
are interested in, including, if applicable, theoretical and
methodological approaches (2-5 pages).
As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Certificates and documents in other
languages verifying your qualifications and experience must be translated by
an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised
translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and
Administrative Services Agency), www. kammarkollegiet.se/engelska/start.
When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:
https: // www. oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-
The application deadline is 2021-08-31 . W e look forward to
receiving your application!
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