Karlstad University

Doctoral student in Computer Science with a specialisation in software quality

2024-07-31 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Karlstad University is to provides broad-based, multidisciplinary programmes for students, while developing strong areas of research.

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Sapere Aude—dare to be wise—is our motto. Our students and employees develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around them. Our academic environment is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance. Gender equality, diversity and a democratic approach form the foundation of our organisation. We are located in an active and scenic region and we promote sustainable development in close collaboration with the wider society.
Karlstad University has a total of approximately 1,400 employees and 17,300 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
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The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology invites applications for a doctoral studentship in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

As a doctoral student you will contribute to important knowledge for society and be part of the university’s significant investment in research education, for this position in the area of software quality and digital modernisation.

While incurring technical debt (e.g., design or code debt) and non-technical debt (e.g., process, social, or people debt) can offer short-term project benefits, these often come at the cost of increased future efforts. This issue is intensified in large-scale, safety-critical, telecommunication systems or healthcare projects, where unaddressed debt can compromise crucial aspects such as maintainability, security, and user experience.

This research position focuses on understanding and mitigating non-technical debt (NTD) in large-scale software development. Through investigating the causes and consequences of NTD, its impact on software quality, and developing strategies for its management, the project aims to optimize the software development lifecycle in critical domains.

Applicants for the offered position are expected to contribute to this research environment in an open and collaborative way, as well as collaborate with our partners outside Computer Science, e.g., in the context of interdisciplinary projects.


As a doctoral student, you will primarily dedicate time to your own studies. The doctoral programme, comprising 240 credits for a Degree of Doctor, is an opportunity to study while being paid a salary in combination with work and provides a stepping stone for a career in academia. The doctoral student is expected to work independently and be prepared to contribute to the activities and development of the subject and the department. Teaching and administrative duties may also be included upon agreement (maximum 20% of full time). Work as a doctoral student allows for great freedom and flexibility in terms of how you structure your day. It takes commitment, discipline and a structured approach in order to successfully complete a doctoral thesis. Experienced supervisors offer guidance and support along the way. To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for a doctoral studentship, 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 been awarded a second-cycle qualification, satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39).

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Computer Science, the applicant must have completed a Master’s degree (60 credits) in Computer Science, a Master’s degree (120 credits) in Computer Science or a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering. A person who, in some other way, in the country or abroad, has acquired equivalent qualifications also meets the specific entry requirements.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be considered to have the ability required to benefit from the programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

The assessment will focus on the applicant’s performance in previous studies and the quality of any independent projects completed during these studies. The most important assessment criteria for the selection are scientific skills, language skills in English, and suitability for data-driven research on software quality and systems development.

Special weight will be given to knowledge of software development methodologies, quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques. Experience with NVIVO and SPSS or related tools is also of special weight.

Considerable weight will also be given to personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, sound judgement, taking responsibility, commitment and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students, and the intention to be a present and active part of the research environment.

Further information

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


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 by agreement.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students and progresses in accordance with a local collective agreement.


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, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English, 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 jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

- a cover letter where the applicant describes her or himself, details the reasons behind their interest and the qualifications for the position,
- a list of qualifications (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 or equivalent,
- where applicable, copies of publications or certificates for other qualifications,
- any letters of recommendation,
- two references, such as a teacher, supervisor, or previous or current superior.

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 the following address:

Karlstads universitet
Hanna Ljungdahl

Application deadline: 24-07-31

State the reference number: REK 2024/40.

Applicants with qualifications from abroad

If you have qualifications from a university outside Sweden or if they have not been recognised by a Swedish authority before, it is important that you attach degree certificates and official transcripts to facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications.
Provide a contact for the degree-awarding institution (phone number or email) who can verify your qualifications.

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.

HR Excellence in Research
Karlstad University received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award September 2020. The award is issued to employers with a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and its continuous improvement. The award also conveys the university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment as well as favorable professional development for researchers. Read more: kau.se/hrs4r

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: REK2024/40
  1. Stefan Alfredsson, +46547001668
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  2. Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  3. Stefan Vhen,
Published: 2024-03-20
Last application date: 2024-07-31

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Doctoral student in Computer Science with a specialisation in software quality
Universitetsgatan 2 Karlstad, Sweden
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2024-07-31 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-07-31 23:59 (CET)
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