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Chaired Professor in Automatic Control

Lulea University of Technology
Luleå, Norrbotten 97187
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Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. We currently have 1,700 employees and 15,100 students.

We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research. Drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit.

The research subject Automatic control is central for Luleå University of Technology's active participation and contribution to the development of strategically important research areas such as process regulation and optimization in close collaboration with the Excellence center ProcessIT Innovation. The subject topics connects to adjacent research areas such as pervasive and mobile computing, cyber-physical systems, electronic systems, robotics and AI, machine learning and dependable communication and computation systems.

The subject is one of Luleå University of Technology's older research subjects and of great importance for most of the university’s educations and strategic research and innovation areas. The subject is currently led by a chair who is planning for retirement, and the recruitment of a new chair enables a controlled shift. The subject is expected to lead education, research and third cycle education within the subject as well as to conduct and develop research collaborations with other parts of the university as well as with other universities and research actors, both nationally and internationally.

The position of the chair is at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, where the university has gathered research and education in space technology, automatic control, computer- and systems-science. The institution's turnover is approximately SEK 280 million, where the education accounts for one third and external funding for research for two third. The department has well established collaborations with research institutes, business partners, universities and other authorities. The environment at the department is open, dynamic and brings together researchers from about twenty different nationalities as well as doctoral students and students from all over the world.

The research group work strategically and successfully with external funding and senior researchers have very good experience of attracting external funds. The subject is within applied research and is regarded to have good opportunities to continue to attract external funding from national research councils and authorities and within the European Framework Programs.

Subject description
Automatic Control comprises the analysis and synthesis of models and model-based algorithms for control, estimation, and monitoring of complex dynamic systems.

The position as professor and head of subject includes the main responsibility for the subject's development, including research, postgraduate education and education at basic and advanced level. The duties also include developing collaboration with other parts of LTU as well as with national and international research environments as well as with surrounding society and industry. As head of subject, you lead, develop and inspire the group in its development, and you are expected to attract external funds on your own and in collaboration with others.


Persons are qualified for being appointed as Professor if they have demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical proficiency. As much attention should be given to the assessment of pedagogical proficiency as to the scientific proficiency. In order to meet the requirements for the position of Professor, the applicants shall:

  • demonstrate academic leadership and ability to conduct and develop research in collaboration with the surrounding community,
  • be prominent within their subject area and demonstrate an original and innovative scientific core in their work while attaining a high international standard, including a total scientific production corresponding to at least three doctoral dissertations,
  • have documented their experience in seeking and being granted external funding for research and development projects,
  • demonstrate documented experience in supervising at third-cycle level and, unless there are special grounds, should have been the principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student for up to them receiving their degree. The supervisory period shall include the majority of the doctoral student's third-cycle studies.
  • demonstrate documented pedagogical proficiency and collaboration with the surrounding community in educational contexts for the purpose of contributing to the relevance of the education and preparation for working life.

Assessment Criteria
The following assessment criteria are applied:

  • scientific proficiency
  • pedagogical proficiency
  • the ability to lead and develop activities
  • additional assessment criteria (equally weighted)
    • the ability to obtain external research and development funding
    • the ability to collaborate with the surrounding community
    • experience in assignments and tasks that involve leadership

In addition, other objective grounds, such as the university's gender equality goals, shall be taken into account.

For more information, please contact: Department chair Jonas Ekman+46 (0)920-49 2828 jonas.ekman@ltu.se   


Posted: 2021-01-13 Expires: 2021-02-12

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Lulea University of Technology
Luleå, Norrbotten 97187

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