PhD Positions in Embedded Systems

Uppsala University Department of Information Technology


Up to 5 PhD Positions in Embedded Systems

Published: 2020-11-03

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The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education. The Department currently has about 280 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. More info:

Duties/Project description: The functionality as well as economical value of most industrial systems and products, such as cars, airplanes, drones/blimps, and medical devices, is defined and realized by software as an embedded system. A key challenge in the design of such systems is the ability to update software: to add new features, to customize a system, or to fix security vulnerabilities. Uppsala University has two new exciting projects about updatable, next-generation embedded systems: the  ERC project CUSTOMER, and the Wallenberg project UPDATE. The projects bring together world-leading research groups in several areas related to Embedded Systems Design and Implementation: the Uppsala Networked Objects group, the Verification and Testing group, and the Embedded Systems group.

In particular, we will develop the following: a new system architecture for embedded systems that supports the ability to deploy incremental updates, allowing components to be seamlessly integrated and updated, while guaranteeing the deterministic behavior of systems; scalable methods and verification tools that automatically verify, in-the-field, that intended updates preserve and ensure safety conditions;  efficient scheduling algorithms for optimal resource utilization for state-of-the-art computing platforms to enable dynamic updates;  robust protocols and run-time techniques for secure deployment and enforcement of verified and accepted updates even in safety-critical environments such as drones/blimps.

We are therefore looking for motivated PhD students in the following areas:

  • System architectures for Embedded Systems
  • Modelling and verification
  • Real-time scheduling and analysis
  • Code generation for multi-core platforms

The positions are for at most five years, and includes department duties (mainly teaching) at a level of at most 20%, as well as course participation. The candidate will be expected to teach in English or Swedish.

Requirements: The candidate must have a Master of Science in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent. The ideal candidate for the position has a solid background in at least one of the areas mentioned above, has demonstrated ability to do research, as seen through his/her MS thesis, and has good programming/implementation skills. As for all PhD students, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and as well as analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are required. We expect the candidate to be fluent in verbal and written English.

Application: The application should include a description of yourself, your research interests, reasons for applying for this particular PhD position and past experience (max. 3 pages), a CV, copies of relevant university degrees and transcripts, relevant publications, a copy of your MSc thesis (or a summary in case the thesis is ongoing) and other relevant documents. Candidates are encouraged to provide up to 3 letters of recommendation and contact information to reference persons. We would also like to know your earliest possible date for starting.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Wang Yi, E-mail:; or Prof. Philipp Ruemmer, E-mail:

Please submit your application by 4th December 2020, UFV-PA 2020/4059.

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Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 5

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4059

Last application date: 2020-12-04

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