PhD position in mathematics, artificial intelligence

Uppsala (Stad)
den 2 maj 2018
den 24 maj 2018
Ellena Papaioannou
Offentlig sektor

PhD position in mathematics, artificial intelligence

Sort on published: 2018-04-18

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

The Department of Mathematics conducts research and provides education at undergraduate to graduate level in mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. The number of employees is 120, of which approximately 30 are doctoral students.

Duties/Project description: Research in the project "Optimally lean neural networks" connected to the WASP graduate school

The aim of this project is to gain new mathematical knowledge about the intrinsic behaviour of neural networks  when subjected to noise. One of the core aims is to develop the mathematical foundation for understanding how the distribution of information carrying capacity for a network's internal weights can be utilized in order to optimize its performance.

The duties of a PhD student are primarily directed at his/her own research education, which lasts four years. The work may also involve, to a limited extent (maximum 20%) other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to maximum five years.

Requirements: In order to be employed as doctoral student, the candidate has to be admitted to the research education program, and for this, his/her potential ability to pursue the program is decisive. The applicant should have a master degree or equivalent which includes a bachelor degree or equivalent in mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics or at least in all likelihood obtain such a degree no later than September 1, 2018. The candidate should have a good command of spoken and written English.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Application: A complete application should include a short and concise description of research interests, previous experiences and future expectations, Curriculum Vitae, copies of diplomas and certificates of grades, a copy of master´s degree dissertation (or a preliminary outline thereof) and contact details of up to three referees. We do not want any letters of recommendation.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates 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: 2018-09-01 or according to agreement.

Type of position: Temporary position, full time.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Warwick Tucker, e-mail

Please submit your application by 24 May 2018, UFV-PA 2018/1325.

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Placement: Department of Mathematics

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315 
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251 
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485 

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/1325

Last application date: 2018-05-24