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Are you interested in the interplay between stochastic modeling, management of complex energy systems, and programming?

The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology is accepting applications for a doctoral studentship leading to a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, within the Solar Electricity Research Center, Sweden (SOLVE) supported by the Energimyndigheten.

Complex energy systems are built upon a number of components interacting together via different mechanisms. The assessment of the performance of such complex systems require simulation tools that can cope with uncertainty. The starting point in this work is to investigate cases where the uncertainty in data, either due to measurements or sudden occurrence of defects or by forecasting, becomes non-negligible. To account for uncertainty effects, careful sensitivity studies of the results versus input data are needed.

This project involves the development of micro-macro stochastic modeling tools, multiscale polynomial chaos expansions, numerical simulation, and optimization of parameters defining the target solar energy management system(s). The aim is to use data to improve the models employed and, consequently, obtain a better forecast.


A doctoral student is mainly expected to engage in doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects and postgraduate courses. The doctoral program comprises 240 higher education credits, including the doctoral thesis and 120 higher education credits for a Degree of Licentiate.

The doctoral student will explore new multiscale stochastic modeling tools and computational optimization techniques as needed for parameters and processes identification arising in selected mathematical models of complex energy management systems. The purpose of this project is to develop well-posed data-driven models and used them for predictions.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7 Sect 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have second-cycle qualifications, completed at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 credits at master level, or who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39)

To meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant must hold a Degree of Master (60 or 120 ECTS credits) with a major in Mathematics and a specialization in a relevant field, hold a degree with an equivalent specialization in Mathematics, or in some other way have acquired equivalent knowledge, in Sweden or abroad.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be deemed to have the ability required to pursue the program successfully (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

Selection is based on previous study results. Special weight will be given to the quality of independent research or investigative projects executed during previous studies, and in particular to such projects completed at a master level and in the proposed research specialization. The most important assessment criteria for the selection are scientific skills, suitability for the project, and the documented ability to both work in groups and independently carry out tasks.

For further information on research and the doctoral program in Mathematics at Karlstad University, see https://www.kau.se/en/mathematics


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date as negotiated.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

Further information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organization. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardize a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application must include the following items:

  • a cover letter briefly describing the reasons why you are interested in the position and why do you think your qualifications and skills fit to the duties of the position (max. one page),
  • CV
  • degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates,
  • copy of Master’s thesis (60 or 120 ECTS credits) in mathematics/applied mathematics or
  • equivalent work, and copies of any relevant scholarly publications,
    contact details of two references, at least one of whom should be a current or previous supervisor, or equivalent.

Please note that all documents must be in Swedish or English. Swedish or English translations must be included for documents in any other language.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet
Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 2022-06-15

State the ref. no: REK 2021/26

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/97
  • Adrian Muntean, ämnesföreträdare, +46547002034
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-7001404
Published 15.Mar.2022
Last application date 15.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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