PhD student in model-based systems engineering, continuous deployment and runtime validation

Ref number: 2017/0012
Employment: Temporary employment
Closing date for application: 2017-02-06
Campus location: Västerås
School: School of Innovation, Design & Engineering

MDH in Eskilstuna and Västerås is one of Sweden’s biggest university colleges with its 14 000 students and 900 employees. It has a long tradition of cooperating with society and has entered strategic agreements with both the public and the private sector. Most study programmes fall into four main areas: economy, health and welfare, education, and technology. With its research, which often takes the form of co-production on the regional, national and global levels, MDH aims to generate useful solutions for societal development. In 1999, MDH was the world’s first university to be environmentally certified, and in 2006, it was the first higher education institution in Sweden to be certified for its work environment.

Position description 

We are announcing this PhD student position under the recently granted European project “MegaM@Rt–MegaModelling at Runtime–scalable model-based framework for continuous development and runtime validation of complex system”.

European industry faces stiff competition on the global arena. Electronic components and systems become more and more complex, thus calling for modern engineering practices to be applied in order to better tackle both productivity and quality. Model-based technologies promise significant productivity gains, which have already been proven in several studies and applications.

However, these technologies still need more enhancements to scale up for real-life industrial projects and to provide more benefits in different contexts. The PhD student will work towards an ultimate objective of improving productivity, while reducing costs and ensuring quality in development, integration and maintenance, which can be achieved by using techniques integrating seamlessly design time and runtime aspects.

The context of the PhD work is investigating, evaluating and supporting model-based systems engineering of industrial scale systems (which are usually developed by multi-disciplinary teams and serving to several product lines). To achieve that, the PhD student’s work contribute towards MegaM@Rt aims of creating a framework incorporating methods and tools for continuous development and runtime validation to significantly improve quality of large and complex industrial systems.

The position involves working in cooperation with Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE) in Eskilstuna. A significant part of the work will be done at - and in close contact with VCE. The successful candidate is therefore expected to spend at least two days per week at VCE to interact effectively with project stakeholders.

At MDH, the PhD student will be part of the Software Testing Lab, which is a young and a vibrant research group, having several seniors and PhD students, working in close collaboration with industry.

We expect the suitable candidate to develop own ideas and work independently when needed, as well as take responsibility for the work. Since this position involves interaction with industrial professionals, effective collaborative skill is a desired attribute.

In addition to research studies, the position includes departmental work, mostly teaching assistant duties. Employment is limited and equivalent to full-time studies at the graduate level for 4 years, translating to 5 years with 20% departmental work and 80% research.

The PhD student will be employed by MDH and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programs at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For further information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).

To qualify as a PhD student, you should have a master's level degree or equivalent with a solid documented background in embedded systems, computer science or computer/software engineering. You may apply even if you have not completed your degree, but plan on doing so before the PhD student position starts.

We require the suitable candidate to be proficient in writing, speaking and reading English, since disseminating and communicating scientific results is a must in this position.

Assessment criteria

  • Analytical skills
  • Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
  • Previous industry experience (desired but not necessary)
  • Proficient English communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work, both individually and in teams with researchers from both academia and industry
  • Good programming skills


Information can be provided by Information can be provided by the local project manager, Senior Lecturer Wasif Afzal,, tel: +46 (0) 21 10 73 93, or the research group leader, Prof. Daniel Sundmark,, tel: +46 (0) 73 960 74 57.  

The union representatives are Susanne Meijer, (OFR), +46 (0) 21 10 14 89 and Michaël Le Duc, (SACO), +46 (0) 21-10 14 02.

We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.


An application prepared in English should contain:

1.       Short CV: Including data about you such as date of birth, address, e-mail address etc.

2.       A short cover letter describing why this position suits your profile.

3.       Copy of an official document giving grades from your previous degree(s) or studies.

4.       A description of:

a.       An area of interest within your chosen subject(s) and maybe plans for research if any

b.      Previous work and teaching experience if any

c.       Previous PhD studies, also in other subjects, if any

5.       Provide at least two letters of recommendation from people who know you as a student or as an employee.

6.       Any scientific papers you may have written (Master’s thesis, project report etc.).

7.       Other relevant information.

To apply, please send your application by e-mail to the address Application sent electronically should be in Word or PDF format.

You can also send your application to the following address:
Mälardalens högskola (Mälardalen University)
Personalsektionen (Division of Human Resources)
Jan Romedahl
Box 883
721 23 Västerås

Please state the reference number 2017/0012 in your application.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than 2017-02-06

We look forward to receiving your application.