PhD position in Geospatial Information Science

The University of Gävle is human-centered and develops the understanding of a sustainable living environment. Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the overarching research profiles of the University.
The University of Gävle offers more than 50 study programs, and approximately 400 courses in the fields of Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences and Technology. The University has about 17 000 students.

About 700 people works at the University. Of these, about 500 are teachers and researchers, and 200 works within the administration.

Regardless of what we are working with, two things unite us: To support and guide our students during their time of study and to make sure the University’s research will benefit the surrounding community.


The Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management at the Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development at University of Gävle is looking to employ a PhD student within the subject Geospatial Information Science (GIS). The PhD student will be working in a project that intends to develop a design tool for automatically generating living structure, which is characterized by far more small things than large ones globally and more or less similar things locally, for biophilic urban design. It aims to develop a suite of differentiating algorithms to create living structures based on city plans of historical cities such as Venice and Rome. It will set up SimCity-like simulations to conduct what-if modeling in order to better understand why and how these living structures work. The developed tool will be tested and improved through experiments with spatial planning students and design practitioners. The design tools targeted at biophilic urban design – in terms of creating living structures rather than increasing buildings’ aesthetic appeal through inserting trees and shrubs – provide an alternative to existing industrial design tools such as AutoCAD, and thus help make or re-make urban environments living, beautiful, and sustainable.

For more details about the project, refer to this site:

The employment as a PhD student is a five-year-employment, it is full-time at 80% research and 20% other responsibilities in the department, for example teaching or administration. The salary is regulated by a local agreement. The workplace is located in Gävle.


For admission to postgraduate level studies, the basic formal requirements are either to have a university degree at advanced level (master), or a university education comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits must be at advanced level, including a thesis.

You have a natural or technical master's degree. You have good programming skills and you are interested in working with research. You have experience with the latest versions of ArcGIS. During the admission process, the primary consideration is the candidate’s ability to assimilate the graduate level education. You must be self-propelled and full of initiative, be able to work both practical and theoretical and have a desire to seek new knowledge. Good oral and written proficiency in English is a requirement for the project. You should have good analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to work independently.


Erfarenhet krävs


Please submit your application no later than February 28, 2018 marked with reference number HIG - STÖD 2017/739, to: or by post to: University of Gävle, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, 801 76 Gävle, Sweden. Your application should be supplemented with a detailed CV including a list of referees and other documents you wish to refer to.

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Anställningsform: Tidsbegränsad anställning
Omfattning: Heltid
Antal platser: 1


Sista ansökningsdag: 2018-02-28

Arbetsgivarens referensnummer: HIG-STÖD 2017/739

Upplysningar lämnas av:

Bin Jiang
Professor, svarar på frågor om projektet
Telefon: 026-648901

Jonas Boustedt
Avdelningschef, svarar på frågor om anställningen
Telefon: 026-64 87 72, 070-1914525

Facklig(a) företrädare
Maria Savela
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl

Kia Sundberg-Kimhag
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl

Lars Borbos
Fackförbundet ST
Telefon: 026-64 85 00 vxl


Publicerad av: Magnus Angermund Sidansvarig: Maria Sörby Sidan uppdaterades: 2016-12-06
Högskolan i Gävle
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