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PhD position in 3D Visualization and Interaction for Urban Planning

General information about the University of Gävle

University of Gävle (in Sweden) has approximately 14 500 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes. In 2010, the university received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment. Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the University of Gävle including among others education and research in Spatial Planning with a specialization in Sustainable Built Environment.

Project description

This PhD position concerns investigating novel ways to simulate and interact with 3D urban environments for better support of and communication among city planners and citizens. A major application focus will be urban energy management; more specifically planning for solar energy production. A central objective is to use advanced 2D/3D modelling and visualizations of e.g. properties, buildings, and installations and thereby accomplishing scenario-based what–if-modelling for interactive exploration in the decision process. The research will include usability studies to investigate how advanced visualizations for interactive 3D planning can support decision-making by planners and what their effect is on the dialogue between city planners, citizens, and public administrators. This project has a clear technical focus and will be mainly concerned with algorithm design for simulation and visualization, with interaction design, and with experimental validation.

The project will be carried out in the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) research group at the department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management under supervision of Prof. Stefan Seipel and Dr. Anders Brandt.

The academic environment

The GIS research group, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, is a team of 15 researchers, three of which are professors. The research in our group is geared towards pushing forward the frontiers in geographical information technology and its use. In our interdisciplinary group we combine competences from computer science, applied geodesy, geomatics, big-data, visualization, and remote sensing. The group has well established collaborations with the Swedish Land Surveying Agency, as well as with FPX, which is northern Europe’s largest cluster organization in the GIS industry.

Doing a PhD at the University of Gävle

A PhD student is a full-time employee at the University of Gävle with a full salary and guaranteed funding. The position is time-limited to at most four years with 100% doctoral studies, but usually it is extended to 5 years at 80% research and 20% other responsibilities in the department’s education or administration. The starting salary for a PhD student is €2,495 (24,700 SEK).


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 preferably finished a master in Computer Science or Geomatics. You might also qualify with a diploma in other closely related fields (e.g. Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics) if you have experience in abovementioned specialties

You have preferably finished a master in Computer Science or Geomatics. You might also qualify with a diploma in other closely related fields (e.g. Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics) if you have experience in abovementioned specialties

You have experience with or a strong background in computer graphics, 3D visualization, geographical information systems (GIS), or human-computer interaction technology.

You have excellent programming skills (e.g. Java, Python, C++, OpenGL, OpenScenegraph, Unity3D.

You have good command of the English language.

During the admission process, the primary consideration is the candidate’s ability to assimilate the graduate level education.

Contact for further information

Stefan Seipel, Professor, 026-64 85 63, stefan.seipel@hig.se
Jonas Boustedt, Avdelningschef, 026-64 87 72, 070-191 45 25 jonas.boustedt@hig.se
Gunilla Mårtensson, Akademichef, 026-64 82 94, gunilla.martensson@hig.se

Union representatives

Kia Sundberg-Kimhag, Lärarförbundet, 026-64 85 00, kia.kimhag@hig.se
Lars Borbos, ST, 026-64 85 00, lbs@hig.se
Maria Savela Saco-S, 026-64 85 00, maria.savela@hig.se


How to apply

Please submit your application no later than January 2, 2017 marked with reference number HIG - STÖD 2016/750.

To apply for this PhD position, please submit:

  • Letter of application
  • Your detailed CV with list of publications
  • Up to three references
  • Transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomas
  • Proof of English competencies
  • Relevant scientific publications you have authored including BSc and MSc theses (electronically)

The application must be sent to the Registrator, Högskolan i Gävle, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle 801 76 or by e-mail registrator@hig.se.

Admission process will be performed, after an individual assessment of the applicants has been made where the applicants for employment are assessed based on their formal and real skills and also after an assessment regarding available supervisor resources at the faculty.

Provided that the application for admission will be granted the applicant will be employed as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development. Access according to agreement.

In addition, regarding employment and PhD studies, see Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 § 7.

University of Gävle strives for ethnic and cultural diversity and gender balance in all staff categories.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

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

Published by: Zara Lindahl Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2016-11-14
Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)