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. 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.

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. 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.

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 two PhD students contributing to our growing activities. 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

Research topics
The PhD candidates will be working in the field of aerial robotics and their activities will be linked with National, European and wordwide R&D Projects.

The research topic is in the area of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. More specifically, the position will involve dense research activities in the area of designing, experimenting and theoretical control development in the following research areas:

– Collaborative vision for robotics
– Collaborative Mapping and Exploration
– Simultaneous localization, path planning and exploration
– Collaborative frontier exploration
– Ground-aerial robotic unification
– Reinforcement learning for collaborative aerial team deployment
– Frugal AI for mission planner for team of hybrid robots
– Deep learning for localization
– ML based Multi sensor fusion framework
– Transfer learning for team of hybrid robots
– Reconfigurable network configuration with team of aerial robots

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 represent the group in different occasions, both in Sweden and world-wide. Perfect scientific skills with excellence in real life experimentation, as well as very good communication skills are considered as a strong plus.

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.

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

For further information please contact Chaired Professor George Nikolakopoulos,, +46 920-49 1298,

Union representatives:  SACO-S Kjell Johansson, +46 (0)920-49 1529, OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-49 1792

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. Mark your application with the reference number below. Since we have English speakers in the recruitment group, we prefer that your application is written in English.

Closing date for applications: August 1, 2022 
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