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The Faculty of Health Science and Technology has an opening for a full-time post-doctoral research fellow with focus on Usable Privacy. The position is available within the Privacy & Security (PriSec) research group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Karlstad University. Research within PriSec is focused on cybersecurity, privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), and usable privacy and security.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science consists of the two research subjects: Mathematics and Computer Science. It has a research and teaching staff of more than 70 persons. In Computer Science, research and education are focused on computer networking and distributed systems, computer security and privacy, and software engineering. Both research and education are conducted in close cooperation with international, national and regional partners from both academia and industry.
The post-doctoral fellow will work in a new project TRUEdig, which is an industrial collaboration project funded by the Knowledge Foundation of Sweden.
The post-doctoral fellow will in particular contribute to the TRUEdig sub-project 1 on Usable Privacy Technologies for Empowering Users in New Digital Services, which constructs and designs usable transparency and intervenability functions for empowering users.
The following research directions will be investigated:
– Design of usable ex ante and ex post transparency tools for explainability of automated decision making
– Develop of informed consent user interfaces and intervenability functions for mapping legal GDPR requirements
– Develop usable user interfaces for conveying trustworthy privacy preserving data analytics
To be eligible for the position, applicants are required to hold a recent PhD degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering (or equivalent qualifications). The candidate must have completed the degree no more than three years before the last date for applications, unless special ground exists.
In the assessment procedure, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s scientific experience in relation to usable privacy and usable PETs, including the development of usable and innovative user interfaces and tools for transparency, intervenability and consent. The candidate should be experienced with HCI research methods, including user interface development and prototyping, user lab studies, interviews, focus groups or statistical surveys. The candidate should preferably also be familiar with the European legal privacy framework (GDPR) and should also have the necessary technical knowledge of PETs with a focus on privacy-preserving data analytics techniques.
Publications in high impact journals and well-known conference proceedings, oral and written communication skills in English, the ability to independently pursue his or her work, and the ability to collaborate with others will be important as well.
Terms of employment
The position is a full-time position for one year with the possibility to extend for another year based on mutual agreement. The starting date for the position is within the time span of February 15, 2021 and May 15, 2021.
Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities and life experiences
Application should include well documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline.
The application should include:
- CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge and a list of your publications.
- Application letter with a brief description of what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals (Maximum 2 pages long).
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- 2 representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
- A letter of recommendation.
- Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates
Submit your application via the university’s web based recruitment tool and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links to them).
One copy of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to
651 88 Karlstad
State ref.no: REK 2020/239
Application deadline: 15 January 2021
We look forward to your application!
HR Excellence in Research
Karlstad University received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award September 2020. The award is issued to employers with a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and it’s continuous improvement. The award also conveys the university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment as well as favourable professional development for researchers. Read more: kau.se/hrs4r
|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||At the earliest convenience|
|Number of positions||1|
|Union representative||Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434|
|Last application date||21.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET|
Post expires on Monday December 21st, 2020