Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology

Are you interested in working with the design and analysis of algorithms for scheduling problems, with the support of competent and friendly colleagues in an international environment? Are you looking for an employer that invests in sustainable employeeship and offers safe, favourable working conditions? We welcome you to apply for a PhD student position at Uppsala University. 

The Department of Information Technology holds a leading position in both research and education at all levels. We are currently Uppsala University's third largest department, have around 350 employees, including 120 teachers and 120 PhD students. Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students take one or more courses at the department each year. You can find more information about us on the department of Information Technology website

Project description
The research project in which the PhD student will work aims to discover fundamental principles and rules that govern the possibilities for provably correct and efficient scheduling, in particular for real-time systems. Scheduling theory mixes aspects of theoretical computer science, operations research, and computer engineering.

The project aims to carry out basic research that is mainly mathematically and theoretically driven. Examples of research that can be carried out in the project are to design new scheduling algorithms that are provably correct and optimal, or to demonstrate the computational complexity of scheduling problems using tools from theoretical computer science.

A PhD student is expected to devote their time to graduate education mainly. The rest of the duties may involve teaching at the Department, including also some administration, to at most 20%.

To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics or a similar subject, or
  • have completed at least 240 credits in higher education, with at least 60 credits at Master’s level including an independent project worth at least 15 credits, or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

We are looking for candidates with

  • a high level of motivation and autonomy,
  • a genuine interest in algorithms and theoretical computer science,
  • excellent study results,
  • proficiency in spoken and written English.

Personality traits, such as thoroughness, creativity and problem-solving skills, are essential.

Additional qualifications
Experience in one or more of complexity theory, analysis of algorithms, discrete mathematics, and operating systems is valued.

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


The application must contain

  • a personal letter (max 2 pages) in which you briefly motivate why you are applying for this position, and why you are the right candidate for the position,
  • a CV,
  • degrees and transcript of records with grades (translated to English or Swedish),
  • the Master’s thesis (or draft thereof) and when applicable other scientific or technical writings, publications or documents,
  • references with contact information (names, emails and telephone number) and (if possible) up to two letters of recommendation,
  • your earliest possible starting date for the position.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September 2024 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala. 

For further information about the position, please contact: Pontus Ekberg (phone: +4618-471 7341, email: pontus.ekberg@it.uu.se).

Please submit your application by 15 April 2024, UFV-PA 2024/756.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2024/756
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 04.Mar.2024
Last application date 15.Apr.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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