PhD Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing

Applications are invited for a PhD position in artificial intelligence to join KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The funds for this position are available for two years. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

We are looking for a PhD student interested in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Human-Robot Interaction, that will work in a newly funded project at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing ( within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The project is financed by the Swedish AI-program WASP.

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is Sweden's largest ever individual research program, a major national initiative for strategically basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program is initiated and generously funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) with 2.6 billion SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from collaborating industry and from participating universities to form a total budget of 3.5 billion SEK. Major goals are more than 50 new professors and more than 300 new PhDs within AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP please visit:

The newly started project is called “Robot learning of symbol grounding in multiple contexts through dialog”, and is a collaboration project between KTH and rebro University. The aim of the project is to study computational models that allow a robot to learn language through interaction with humans, and to understand the meaning of words in their context (so-called "symbol grounding"). The position is mainly a research position, with a small fraction of departmental duties (e.g. teaching). Applicants should have a Master degree (or similar) in a subject relevant for the research, such as computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or language technology.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement.
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
- ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
- ability to collaborate with others,

Applicants are expected to have good skills in programming and experience in machine learning. Applicants must be strongly motivated for doctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis, and possess good levels of cooperative and communicative abilities. Good command of English, in writing and speaking, is a prerequisite for presenting research results in international periodicals and at conferences. We also expect applicants to have a deep interest in human communication and linguistics.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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