Postdoc in visualizations for smart industry 5.0 industrial operators

Postdoc in visualizations for smart industry 5.0 industrial operators

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Job description

The advertised post-doctoral position is within an ambitious Digital Futures ISPP Project titled “Smart Predictive Maintenance for Pharmaceutical Industry (SMART)”, led by Prof. Lihui Wang of KTH and Associate Director Business Strategy & Portfolio Benjamin Edvinsson (PhD) of AstraZeneca.

In this project you will play a pivotal role by designing and creating the human-centric interface between the AI models and the Operators working on the manufacturing lines through observational studies, persona creation and user journey mapping. The innovative interface will be used to seamlessly integrate the complex algorithmic outputs, decades of maintenance engineer expertise, and real time inputs from the Operators on the line. These data will feed into an intuitive and user-friendly visualization for operator and management informed decision making. You will experiment with and assess the merits of various interface modalities including Graphical User Interfaces, Extended Realities (e.g. AR, VR), Haptic Feedback, and contextual and peripheral information displays.

In the SMART project, you will work on-site in the AstraZeneca manufacturing facilities in Södertälje, Stockholm ~50% of the time with a goal to start in the first quarter of 2024. This will afford you the unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience in an industry setting at one of AstraZeneca’s Center of Excellence factories for Sterile Manufacture. This opportunity will culminate in multiple prospects for co-authorships and IP Ownership, while delivering a minimum viable product (MVP) that increases the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) of the lines.

About AstraZeneca Södertälje 

AstraZeneca’s largest manufacturing site supplies over 30 medicines to more than 100 markets and exported 130 billion Swedish crowns (SEK) in 2022 (>7% of the nation’s exports). AstraZeneca is a data driven company and invests heavily in digitalisation and innovation to deliver life saving medicines to patients. Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international, multidisciplinary and dynamic working environment both at KTH and AZ
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • An appointment in one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing sites
  • A chance to drive a research project in a high-tech and LEAN environment using agile and scrum methodologies
  • Placement in a highly interdisciplinary environment

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  •  A doctoral degree or an equivalent degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made. The focus area should be related to visualization, interactive graphics, human-computer interaction, and/or human-centered technology
  • Academic-level English communication in writing and speaking, as it is required in daily work.
  • Proficiency in human-centered design and user studies
  • Experience in the design and development of interactive visualizations

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Strong software engineering skills for developing and testing visual analytics interfaces in 2D and 3D
  • Visualization in flatscreens, heads-up displays, mixed-reality displays and mobile devices, including wearables
  • Participatory design
  • Strong collaboration skills including the ability to lead and to support research
  • Self-motivated / independent thinking
  • Productivity in Unity, Blender, AR Core, AR Kit, AR Foundations or equivalents
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • Brief account of your research expertise and how they relate to this opportunity. Max two pages long.
  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge. Max two pages long.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Recommendation letters and list possible references that we can contact. 

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a security check.

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

About KTH

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. Read more here

Type of employment

Temporary position

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Full time

Full-time equivalent


First day of employment

According to agreement


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Associate Prof. Mario Romero Vega

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Location: Sweden, Stockholm
Categories: Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), PhD,


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