Augmented Reality Enabled Factory

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Computer Science programme. The position is available from 1 May 2018 or later.

Augmented Reality Enabled Factory

Research area and project description:
Are you our new PhD-fellow within augmented reality and new digital technologies? And would you like to develop specific applicable solutions that has the potential of altering an industrial giant?

At Grundfos we are extremely dedicated to the development of new digital technologies and their influence on our production facilities. To fulfill our ambitions, we are launching a PhD-fellowship in collaboration with Aarhus University. Here, you will get the best of both worlds, dividing your work fifty-fifty between Grundfos in Bjerringbro and the Department of Computer Science in Aarhus, to deliver new augmented reality solutions.  

Help develop the factory of the future

You spend about half of your time with Grundfos, where you join 5 highly specialised colleagues in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Digitalization team. As part of the team, you substitute teaching and other duties at the university with working on pilot projects that start with you describing targets and selecting specific technologies, before you move on to test and asses these in real-world factory conditions.

Create specific enabling technologies
During your PhD-fellowship, we are asking you to focus specifically on technologies and projects related to augmented reality. The goal is to extent Grundfos’ existing production lines and products with digital assistance tools and to avoid manual errors.

As such, your role is to research and implement a number of different enabling technologies that will result in industrial prototypes. In the end, it is our hope, that these prototypes and the enabling tools you help develop will e.g. help to radically reduce setup time and production errors, and make training of the workforce much more efficient. In sum, the Augmented Reality research activities aim at a selection of the topics below:

  • Supporting an AR Factory vision, where context aware information and real-time guidance is available everywhere via the most appropriate AR device and method 

  • Assisting the workforce with AR in the context via wearables (e.g. HoloLens, DAQRI), mobile display overlays, (e.g. tablets and smartphones), and projection mapping (e.g. laser or traditional projectors)

  • Increasing both performance, speed, and quality of human processes in production, installation, and service by developing AR tools for the workforce

  • Integration of AR with robots, sensor systems and remote communication systems

  • Utilization of machine learning for object and context recognition

  • Providing proper 3D tracking for both objects and spatial positions for AR,

  • Coupling real-time data to specific positions/areas of the production line or product in the operational environment

Qualifications and specific competences:
To apply for the position, you must have a relevant Master’s degree as well as experience with computer graphics and computer vision. Also, any experience with augmented reality or virtual reality would be a plus.

Moreover, you find the above setup interesting, and you are looking forward to collaborating with specialists within both Grundfos and at Aarhus University. We aim to develop the factory of the future and move augmented reality from being a gimmick into being a vital enabling technology.

To help us do so, you will need to be persistent and able to identify what projects and solutions are most valuable. And at the same time, you will need some people skills, as you will also frequently meet and collaborate with factory workers, who are testing your prototypes. 

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
Time will be split 50:50 between Grundfos in Bjerringbro and the Department of Computer Science in Aarhus.

If you have questions or want to know more about the position, please contact Senior Manager, AME Digitalization, Ulrich Brorson on +45 87 50 44 31, e-mail: or Professor Kaj Grønbæk on +45 21 49 56 24, e-mail:

Application procedures

Before you apply

Information and attachments:

Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:
The English language requirement at Graduates School of Science and Technology is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test). The paper-based test must have a “total score”. From August call 2019, GSST no longer accepts the paper-based test.
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935. You must request that the test centre send your test results to Aarhus University, in order to enable verification of your test results.
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate  with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at Aarhus University for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants able to document that English was the language of instruction during the whole period of their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programme. This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under “language skills documentation”. The onus is on the applicant to provide this information as GSST will not pursue information regarding language of instruction for any programmes or institutions.

The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:
Go to
Choose February 2018 Call with deadline 1 February 2018 at 11.59 PM MET.
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme Computer Science

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: "Augmented Reality Enabled Factory"
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

  • One reference (template for references)
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcripts and diploma(s)
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can further describe your perspective on the subject, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.  Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed. The e-mail will also include a link to the application – GSST urges you to check that all mandatory data, marked with an asterisk (*), is registered correctly and all attached files are readable. In case of significant errors, you should reply to the confirmation e-mail with the correct details before the application deadline.

GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made. 
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST application guide here  

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.