JTH, Industriell produktutveckling, produktion och design

The School of Engineering (JTH) is one of four schools within Jönköping University. We offer attractive technical education at undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct advanced research in several technological areas. JTH is able to award doctorates in the area of industrial product realization. We collaborate with the surrounding society to develop new technology and spread knowledge to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. We have been awarded the accreditation "Engaged University" by the international organization ACEEU (Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities) and in three categories received the highest rating "Excellent". Working with us, you are close to colleagues in an international environment with great opportunities to influence and develop.

The department of Product development, Production and Design (PPD) conducts education and research in areas such as product development, production development and industrial design. The department is responsible for four educational programs at Campus in Jönköping. In addition, PPD is also responsible for two education programs in Nässjö and Värnamo. The department has a strong engagement in the development of research and education within Knowledge Intensive Product Realization which is a strategic area at Jönköping University.

PPD is looking for a PhD student to get engaged with a variety of tasks including but not limited to the automation integration, robotic programming and simulation, safety assessment of automation cells, and flexible assembly operations, within a research project called SABACE. The PhD student will participate in strategic development of the production research at the department in close collaboration with industry to enhance national and international competitiveness within automation.


Work assignments

Your work involves activities related to studying, analyzing, and developing industrial frameworks that can be used in development of safe and sustainable automated assembly cells to increase productivity and improve performance in a mixed-model assembly system. To do so, you are expected to be able to work with a range of technologies such as robotics, robot tool design and prototype, vision systems, actuators, sensors, as well as simulation of production cells and processes. Other research activities related to production development, product realization, and automation could also be assigned to you.

As the strategic development of the Production Group is to contribute to industrial automation by directing its research towards advancement of causes within integration of product design and automation solutions, sustainability of production operations, and flexibility, the successful candidate is expected to collaborate with industrial companies located regionally and engage with them in department activities. You are also expected to support and inspire new research talents in the above-mentioned fields of research within grade and undergraduate levels. Other tasks, such as teaching, represent a maximum of 20% of the total working hours.


To be eligible for the position, you have a master’s degree or have achieved at least 240 credits/ECTS, of which a minimum of 60 credits/ECTS must have been achieved at second cycle level, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

A Master of Science degree in relevant engineering fields including Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Production Engineering, Industrial Automation, with specific focused studies within Automation, Robotics, Assembly Systems, and Production Development is a requirement.

Master thesis work or final project work in Industrial Production, Automation/Robotics is expected.

Jönköping University has a clear international character, which also requires good written and communicative ability in English. Due to the collaboration with regional industry, a good level of the Swedish language, both written and oral, is expected.

To succeed and thrive in the role, we see it as necessary that you are driven, structured and responsible. It is also important to have good communication and collaboration skills.

It is meritorious if you have:

  • Good programming skills in ABB Rapid
  • Work experience in automation/robotics
  • Good experience in academic writing and results dissemination
  • Some teaching experience at university level
  • Work experience in Production Systems



We offer a fully financed full-time position which is limited in accordance with the applicable collective agreement for doctoral students. The start date of the employment is 10 April 2023 or by agreement.

The employment as a doctoral student normally covers five years, of which four years (80%) consist of full-time doctoral studies. The employment is extended annually based on the individual study plan. The salary is regulated according to a special doctoral student ladder. Annual working time for teachers according to the university's collective agreement.

The School of Engineering encourages applications of both female and male applicants. We are actively working for a more balanced distribution between male and female researchers/teachers. We value having an organization made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities, which is why we encourage applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to equality and diversity within our organization.


Welcome with your application, no later than 2023-04-12.
Interviews will be conducted continuously from 2023-02-09 until 2023-03-31.
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Your application is preferred in PDF form through our recruitment system and must include:

  • a personal cover letter
  • a cv
  • attested certificates and diploma
  • thesis work / final project work
  • contact information to at least two (2) references.


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Jönköping University is a modern institution, characterized by internationalization and an entrepreneurial spirit. We attract highly qualified, inventive, and enterprising people from all around the world. We develop new knowledge and share our expertise through solid collaborations with industry and business, the public sector and other higher education institutions. We offer an equal and inclusive workplace, and we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit https://ju.se/en.html

Anställningsform Tidsbegränsad anställning
Anställningens omfattning Heltid
Tillträde 2023-04-10, or as agreed upon
Löneform Monthly salary
Antal lediga befattningar 1
Sysselsättningsgrad 100%
Ort Jönköping
Län Jönköpings län
Land Sverige
Referensnummer 2023/688-211
  • David Samvin, +4636-101917
  • Kerstin Johansen, +4636-101815
  • Milad Ashour Pour, +4636-5502412
Facklig företrädare
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +4636-101076
  • Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S, +4636-101647
Publicerat 2023-02-09
Sista ansökningsdag 2023-04-12

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