PhD Position in Signal Processing

Uppsala University Department of Electrical Engineering

PhD position in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Signal Processing

Published: 2021-12-20

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The position will be at the division of Signals and Systems, at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

Project description: Recent technological advances such as internet of things, 5G communications, and edge computing together with artificial intelligence are becoming the backbone for advanced digitalization in a wide variety of applications. Cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of such systems and it must be ensured that the data remain safe at all times. Federated learning has recently proven as the go-to tool for mitigating certain cybersecurity and privacy risks associated with machine learning based on data from distributed agents (e.g., IoT devices or mobile phones). However, there remain several security issues (e.g., reverse engineering from derived data). Furthermore, current federated learning methods typically require large amounts of data and are most suitable for static inference tasks. Hence, the aim of this project is to develop secure-by-design distributed sequential Bayesian inference methods leveraging homomorphic encryption and differential privacy.

We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University


  • Focus will be on the development of secure distributed Bayesian machine learning methods for open cloud and edge computing services.
  • The work duties also include teaching and other departmental duties. No more than 20%.


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in Engineering Physics or equivalent.
  • A strong background in applied mathematics with focus on stochastic processes, time series analysis, and statistical inference methods.
  • Basic knowledge in signals and systems, signal processing and control theory.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • We will put emphasis on your personal qualities such as good collaborations and communication skills with other researchers. You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Additional qualifications: Basic knowledge in cryptography is desirable but not required.  

Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Roland Hostettler, e-mail:, phone.: 018 -471 3265 eller professor Anders Ahlén, e-mail:, phone.: 018-471 3076.

Please submit your application by 31 January 2022, UFV-PA 2021/5080.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? Find out more about what it´s like to work and live in Sweden.  

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/5080

Last application date: 2022-01-31

Login and apply