Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 13,000 students and 700 employees.

Associate senior lecturer in automation specializing in modeling and ontology

The research environment Production Technology West works with the development of production processes within the manufacturing industry. The research environment's focus areas are thermal spraying, welding, additive manufacturing, cutting processing and flexible industrial automation. The research is mostly externally funded and consists of a number of projects, financed by, among others, the KK Foundation and Vinnova. Around 90 researchers at University West are active within the research environment Production Technology West. Distinctive for Produktionsteknik Väst is the researchers' close collaboration with industry. The group is located at Production Technology Center, PTC, which is run jointly by Innovatum Science Park, GKN Aerospace and University West. In the Production Technology Center premises, there is a very well-equipped workshop technology laboratory that the researchers and their partners use. Production Technology West has lively international cooperation and many foreign employees. The focus area flexible industrial automation is an important part of the production technology area to ensure high productivity with the right quality. University West has been conducting successful research in the field of industrial automation for several years. The focus of the research is mainly on high flexibility through a concept called Plug&Produce where AI and multi-agent are important pieces of the puzzle. The group works on developing new otologies and models to configure and optimize industrial production. The area is facing an expansion in both ongoing research and teaching, whereby the group needs to be strengthened with an associate lecturer.

Role description 

The goal of the appointment is to contribute to the group's development and renewal by conducting own research in industrial automation with a focus on modeling and ontology as a further development of the concepts connected to multi-agent and AI. The position also involves conducting research that connects to the group's ongoing projects in the field of automation with a focus on flexible automation. The work is of an industrial nature where practical trials are evaluated using demonstrators with high industrial relevance. Particular importance is therefore attached to the implementation of models, algorithms, and ontologies.

In the area of production technology, the Department of Engineering conducts research and education at the undergraduate, master’s, and postgraduate levels. The research is mostly externally funded and consists of several projects, financed by, for example, the EU, Vinnova, and the KK Foundation. 

Alongside the research, other important duties are participation in the development work of the university and the department as well as teaching and supervising students in various courses.

The position involves driving the university's commitment to the field of industrial automation with a focus on flexibility, conducting experimental investigations with associated implementation and analysis that will be the basis for publications in international journals and reporting results to the projects. Common tasks in research are building advanced computer models, programming, planning and conducting experiments, evaluating these with various methods, writing reports, and journal articles, and presenting the results at project meetings and conferences. An important task is to participate in the development of new research applications together with relevant industry and to participate in the supervision of doctoral students with the aim of obtaining a lectureship in automation.


Completed doctoral degree in production technology, automation technology, or equivalent scientific competence. This employment is primarily aimed at those who have completed their doctoral degree or achieved equivalent expertise no more than five years prior to the deadline for applications for employment as an associate senior lecturer. However, even if the applicant has completed a doctoral degree or has achieved equivalent expertise at an earlier date, they may still be considered if there are special reasons, according to Chap. 4, Art. 4a, HF.

The position also requires:

  • Knowledge and experience in industrial automation
  • Experience in programming large systems for industrial application
  • Experience of teaching basic and advanced levels in the field of automation
  • Good ability to teach in Swedish and English.
  • Documented good collaborative skills.

Meritorious for the position are:

  • Experience with the Plug&Produce concept.
  • Experience and knowledge of AI and machine learning.
  • Experience and competence in multi-agent systems.
  • Experience in seeking funding from research funders.
  • Experience implementing models and ontologies for automation.

Assessment criteria

University West applies the following general assessment criteria:

- Teaching proficiency
- Academic expertise
- Ability to collaborate
- Administrative proficiency
- Management proficiency
- Other professional skills

We consider that teaching proficiency and academic expertise should be equally weighted and given priority, and ability to collaborative, administrative proficiency and other professional skills should be equally weighted and given second priority. In third place is management proficiency. 

Terms of employment

An associate senior lecturer may be employed until further notice, although for a minimum period of four years and maximum of six years. The appointment may be extended if special reasons exist (Chap. 4, Art. 4a, HF).

The purpose of the appointment is for the teacher to be given an opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher and qualify both academically and pedagogically to meet eligibility requirements for a position as a senior lecturer.

An associate senior lecturer who is employed at a higher education institution pursuant to Section 12a must, on application, be promoted to senior lecturer at the higher education institution, if he or she
  is eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, and
 is assessed as suitable for such an appointment in accordance with the assessment criteria that the higher education institution has decided, must be applied to an application for promotion to senior lecturer. Such a promotion entails indefinite employment as a senior lecturer.


During the selection process interviewing, example lecturing and referencing may be relevant. The applications should be made digitally using our recruitment tool.

For information about the design of the application, please see Anvisningar för ansökan at University West: University West - Job opportunities (hv.se)

Documents that cannot be sent digitally, such as books and publications, should be labelled with reference number R 2023/63 and sent in two copies.

The application is sent to:
Högskolan Väst
461 86 Trollhättan Sweden

The application deadline is 2023-04-12.

We decline any direct contact with staffing and recruitment companies, as well as recruitment advertisers.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Trollhättan
County Västra Götalands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2023/63
  • Mikael Ericsson, 0520-223318
  • Hanna Bjurmalm, 073-9013420
Union representative
  • Henrik Johansson, SACO-S, +46520-223325
  • Victoria Sjöstedt, OFR, +46721-600157
Published 23.Feb.2023
Last application date 12.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST
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