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Postdoctoral position in the didactics of modern languages

Institutionen för språkstudier

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before 2020-10-18

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
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  • Umeå

The Department of Language Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the didactics of modern languages with a focus on French, Spanish or German. These subjects are offered within the upper secondary school teacher program and as main areas for degrees at the undergraduate and advanced level.

The position is a two-year full-time employment starting on the 1st of November 2020 or upon agreement.

The Department of Language Studies conducts research in linguistics, Nordic languages, modern languages, the literature of modern languages, Sami languages and Sami studies, as well as language didactics and pedagogical work with a focus on language and learning. For more information, please visit: https://www. umu.se/en/department-of-language-studies/research/

Qualifications and eligibility requirements
Applicants who have been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in, or relevant to, one or more of the advertised research areas, qualifies for employment as a postdoctoral fellow.

A precondition is that the applicant has not previously been employed as a postdoctoral fellow at Umeå University for more than a year within the same or equivalent discipline. The doctoral degree must be completed no more than three years before the closing date of the application. Candidates who have completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade union organizations or similar circumstances.

In the assessment of qualified applicants, primary consideration will be given to research expertise. Particular emphasis will be placed on research publications and the outlined project.

Great emphasis will be placed on the planned project’s potential to positively contribute to the research environment at the Department of Language Studies and the existing possibilities of the research environment to positively contribute to the execution of the planned project.

Good writing and oral communication skills in English, as well as good ability to work with others, are requirements for this position.

Job description
The postdoctoral fellow will primarily engage in their own research. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to take an active part in the development of the research environment. The position may involve teaching up to a maximum of 20 percent of the full-time employment.

Application
A complete application must contain the following documents (in English or Swedish):

(1) A cover letter in which the applicants describes their interest in starting a job as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Language Studies (1-2 pages)
(2) A Curriculum Vitae
(3) A transcript from the Ladok student registry, and/or equivalent attested copies of academic transcripts and a copy of the degree certificate
(4) A complete list of publications
(5) Electronic copies of selected research publications
(6) A concise research plan – must not exceed 30,000 characters incl blank spaces. The research plan must contain descriptions of:
– purpose and problem area
– previous research
– implementation, i.e. method, material, theory and timetable
(7) A list of two reference persons incl. their contact information


Applications are to be submitted through the University’s e-recruitment system Varbi no later than October 18th, 2020

Additional information
The postdoctoral fellow position is a two-year temporary employment starting on the 1st of November 2020, or upon agreement.
The position is placed in Umeå, and presence at the Department to a high extent is a requirement.

Further information about the employment is provided by Deputy Head of Department (research) Marlene Johansson Falck (+4690-786 60 04, marlene.johansson.falck@umu.se) or Head of Department Daniel Andersson (+4690-786 57 08, daniel.andersson@umu.se).

More information about the Institute of Language Studies can be found here: https://www.umu.se/en/ department-of-language-studies/

We look forward to receiving your application!

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1172-20

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

ST

090-786 54 31

SEKO

090-786 52 96

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before 2020-10-18

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Sunday October 18th, 2020

4 PhD student positions in Computer Science with focus on AI for Data Management

Institutionen för datavetenskap

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before 2020-10-31

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

Umeå University, the Department of Computing Science (www.cs.umu.se), is seeking 4 PhD students in Computer Science with focus on AI for Data Management. Deadline for application is 31 October 2020.

Description of research group:
The Department of Computing Science is a dynamic environment with around 130 employees from more than 20 countries worldwide. The research will be carried out within the research group in “Artificial Intelligence for Data Management”, led by Prof. Diego Calvanese, well-known as one of the leading groups worldwide for its foundational and applied research at the interplay between Semantic Technologies, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Databases.

The project is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), Sweden’s largest individual research program ever, a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education and faculty recruitment. The program addresses research on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. Software is the main enabler in these systems, and is an integrated research theme of the program.

The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.

Read more at: https://wasp-sweden.org/

The graduate school within WASP provides foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the field. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD students, researchers and industry. It thus provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with industrial relevance.

Project description
The project led by professor Diego Calvanese concerns foundational and/or applied research in the context of flexible and efficient management of large amounts of richly structured data, by relying on the paradigm of Virtual Knowledge Graphs (VKGs, also known as Ontology-based Data Access). Specifically, the project aims at extending VKGs to address novel settings, that may include the following elements: (i) additional forms of data/knowledge (e.g., temporal, geospatial, aggregated, numeric); (ii) heterogeneous data sources of different types beyond relational ones (such as graph-structured data, json, xml, csv, streaming, textual), (iii) novel kinds of problems, notably provenance, explanation, privacy, machine learning for VKGs, optimization and performance tuning, updates, and evolution of data/knowledge, and (iv) novel applications of VKGs (e.g., industry 4.0, smart cities, e-health). Depending on the qualification and interests of the student, the PhD research topic can include one or more of the above extensions of the traditional VKG paradigm, and can be targeted more towards foundational and theoretical research or more towards applied and experimental research.

Admission requirements
The general admission requirements for doctoral studies are a second- cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in computing science, the applicant is required to have completed at least 90 ECTS credits in computing science, or in a subject considered to be directly relevant for the specialization in question. Applicants who otherwise have acquired skills that are deemed equivalent are also eligible.

Candidates are expected to have very good knowledge in databases, data management and data modeling principles, or in semantic technologies and artificial intelligence (including knowledge representation and reasoning). For a more theoretically oriented PhD, candidates are also expected to have a solid background in the formal foundations of computer science (including mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematical logic, theory of computation, possibly complexity theory). For a more applied PhD topic, candidates are also expected to have good programming skills and ideally experience in open-source and collaborative software project development.

Important personal qualities are good communication skills, including good skills in oral and written English, [SV1] good ability to co-operate and play in a team, ability to quickly grasp new concepts and place them in context, and creativity.

Terms of employment
The positions are aimed for PhD studies and research during four years, leading to a PhD exam. They are mainly devoted to postgraduate studies (at least 80% of the time), but may include up to 20% department service (usually teaching). If so, the total time for the position is extended accordingly (up to maximum five years). Expected starting date is January 2021, or as otherwise agreed.

Application

A complete application should contain the following documents:

  • a cover letter including a description of your research interests, your reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • reprints / copies of completed BSc and/or MSc thesis and other relevant publications, if any;
  • copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades;
  • contact information for two persons willing to act as references;
  • documentation and description of other relevant experiences or competences.

The application must be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Attached documents must be in Word or pdf format. Applications must be submitted electronically using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University, and be received no later than 31 October 2020.

The Department of Computing Science values the qualities that an even gender distribution brings to the department, and therefore we particularly encourage women to apply for the position.

The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapter 12, 2§) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed.

For additional information, please contact professor Diego Calvanese diego.calvanese@umu.se .

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission

210101

Contact

Diego Calvanese

diego.calvanese@umu.se

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1165-20

Salary

Månadslön

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2020-10-31


Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Saturday October 31st, 2020

Postdoctoral position with focus on motivation and achievement in large-scale educational assessment (2 years)

Institutionen för tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap

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before 2020-09-24

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

The department of applied educational science is looking for a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest and documented competence in motivation research and quantitative research methods, for a position as post doc researcher in a project on subjectively reported and objectively observed effort and motivation, and relationships between these variables and performance. Application deadline is 2020-09-24.

Project description
The position is connected to a research project (funded by the Swedish Research Council) exploring motivation, persistence and performance in the large-scale international study PISA. Research questions within the project are related to

  • How self-reported motivation, task-specific and domain-specific, relates to other variables and to achievement
  • How objective measures of effort and persistence, assessed through student interactions with the computer-based PISA test, relates to self-reported motivation and performance.
  • Investigation of the added value of looking at response behavior in addition to self-report and overall achievement score.

Job description
The successful applicant will be responsible for planning and conducting research within the project described above. The details of the appointment will be determined together with the project leader, depending on the specific interest and competences of the applicant and the needs of the project. Regardless of specific research questions, the work will include analyses and interpretation of large and complex data.

Qualification requirements
The candidate is required to have a PhD degree in relevant area, and expertise in quantitative research design and statistical analysis of large-scale data, preferably in the field of education. Eligible for employment as a postdoc are persons who completed their doctoral degree maximum three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier. The position further requires that the applicant is proficient in academic written and spoken English.

In ranking qualified applicants, special consideration will be given to academic and personal qualifications and the proposed research plan, as well as previous documented experience of research in related areas. Experience from work with large-scale data from questionnaire studies, and/or process data from digital achievement test is a merit, as is experience from doing research on student motivation, and scientific publication in the fields of achievement testing, student motivation, educational psychology and/or psychometrics.

Employment conditions
The position is a two-year, full-time position, and consists of at least 80 percent research and up to 20 percent teaching. The successful candidate shall be based at the department and take an active part in its activities.

ApplicationThe application is made through our e-recruitment system and must contain a personal letter that summarizes the applicant’s qualifications, competences and interest in the position, a complete CV and list of publications, and a maximum of three selected publications (including the PhD thesis). Also, the applicant is expected to attach a brief research plan (no more than three pages) describing a proposed postdoc research project relevant to the position. Application deadline is 2020-09-24.

About us
The department of applied educational science (TUV) has approximately 115 employees working in teaching, research and commission service. The research is concerned with applied education broadly, and cover areas such as conditions for learning in different contexts, information technologies for learning, educational measurement and evaluation. The current position is placed in the section of the department doing research and development in the area of educational measurement, with a particular focus on large-scale achievement testing.

Contact
Associate professor Hanna Eklöf, e-mail: hanna.eklof@umu.se

Contact

Hanna Eklöf

+46 90-786 78 51

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1110-20

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2020-09-24

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Thursday September 24th, 2020

Postdoc position (2 years) on proteases of photosynthetic microorganisms

Kemiska institutionen

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before 2020-09-25

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

Department of Chemistry is seeking a postdoc for a project where the aim is to characterize the structure and function of metacaspase-like proteases in cyanobacteria and unicellular algae. Last day to apply is 25 September, 2020.

Project description and working tasks
Cyanobacteria and algae have a potential commercial value as microbial producers of fuel or products with higher value. However, in nature their blooms also are threatening health and industrial benefits. To learn more about the viability of large algal/bacterial cultures we plan to study the protease family of metacaspases and their homologues in unicellular photosynthetic organisms. Studies will be performed in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, the cryptophyte Giardia theta and the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. The projects are connected to strong research environments at Umeå University and will be managed through regular meetings between the Postdoc and the involved scientists.

Caspase proteases have been identified as key players in programmed cell death (PCD) of animals. Despite their importance in organ development, caspases seem to be absent in all other kingdoms (plants, fungi, bacteria), however, a broad range of structural homologues have been identified in these organisms, termed metacaspases, paracaspases and orthocaspases. In higher plants the various types of metacaspases seem not only to be involved in cell death processes, but some also to have important prosurvival and/or housekeeping roles. The functions of meta- and orthocaspases in single-cell organisms still are enigmatic. We will investigate the role of metacaspase-homologues in single-cell photosynthetic organisms (microalgae and cyanobacteria).

The postdoctoral position will be a part of a research group at the Department of Chemistry. The research group is also active at Umeå Plant Science Centre (https://www.upsc.se/). The employment is full-time for a period of two years, starting at a date decided in agreement between the two parties.

Qualifications
The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in biochemistry or molecular biology or equivalent. To be eligible the degree must have been completed a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist.

It is required to have a solid background in molecular biology and biochemistry and experimental skills in molecular biology and/or biochemistry on photosynthetic microorganisms. It is therefore required to have experience from working with cyanobacteria, preferably with Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and/or unicellular algae, e.g. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. A good publication record in international reviewed journals is required. A strong motivation to learn, an ability to develop new methods, and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, are also required. You must have good ability to co-operate and very good skills in oral and written English.

Knowledge of gene editing techniques like CRISPR are desired as well as previous experience working with proteases.

Application
The application must contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application (maximum 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list
  • A copy of PhD thesis and relevant publications
  • A copy of doctoral degree certificate or equivalent and other relevant degree certificates and grades
  • Name and contact information of at least two reference persons

Application, written in English (preferably) or Swedish, must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 25 September, 2020.

For more information please contact Professor Christiane Funk, phone: +4690-7867633, email: christiane.funk@umu.se.

Information about the department
Department of Chemistry is the largest department in the Faculty of Science and Technology, withapproximately 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students, and with a strong and expandingresearch. Three major areas of research; Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry andTechnical Chemistry, represents the research and chemistry education of our department. We are also astrong partner in KBC, The Chemical-Biological Centre. www.umu.se/en/department-of-chemistry/.For more information about working at Umeå University: www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/.

Admission

By agreement

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1103-20

Salary

Monthly salary

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2020-09-25

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Friday September 25th, 2020

Postdoctoral position (2 years) in multivariate analysis and deep learning

Kemiska institutionen

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before 2019-10-02

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

Department of Chemistry is looking for a postdoctor to a project where we will develop new e-science methods that fundamentally integrates Deep Learning and Multivariate analysis. The main task for the postdoctor will be to conduct R&D in multivariate analysis and deep learning. The employment is full-time for a period of two years with starting date as soon as possible or as agreed betweenthe two parties.

Project description and working tasks
In recent years, new tools, concepts and technologies, have brought new hope for fundamental understanding of chemistry, biology and medicine to drive the future development of systems medicine and systems biology. The main drivers have been new pioneering technologies (e.g. robotics, analytics, AI) in instruments that will fundamentally transform how research is conducted and the results thereof. Deep learning and multivariate analysis have both proven to be key data driven modelling technologies for delivering on this promise. The goal of this project is the integration of these new advanced data analytics solutions that builds on the complementary values of deep learning and multivariate analysis to model complex systems.

In this project we will develop new e-science methods that fundamentally integrates deep learning and multivariate analysis. We will apply and validate these methods in several ongoing projects, among others “Wine as a system” project – in collaboration with Stellenbosch, South Africa and Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), from where we will take benefit of large-scale systems biology data, in a truly ambitious, yet realistic attempt to study wine from a systems biology perspective.

More specifically, this project will be focused on hybrid modeling, meaning integration of different modeling techniques, for example how multivariate analysis technology can be used to train and fine-tune deep learning models and vice-versa, how deep learning can be used as pretreatment tool for multivariate analysis.

In the working tasks are included:

  • Conducting R&D in multivariate analyses and deep learning
  • Developing methods for deep learning based analysis of unstructured data
  • Developing state-of-the-art algorithms in deep learning including methods for improving interpretation and robustness of deep learning models
  • Developing new workflows for efficient training of deep learning models when labels are scarce.

Qualifications
The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, physics or equivalent. To be eligible the degree must have been completed a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist.

A solid understanding of linear algebra, algorithms, machine learning, optimization, numerical methods is required as well as experience with data science tools including scripting, preferably in Python. Good skills in English both spoken and written are required. A structured and solution-oriented approach and good communication skills and ability to work in a team are also requirements. Experience in Design-of-Experiments and data analytics is desirable.

Application
The application must contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application (maximum 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list
  • A copy of PhD thesis and relevant publications
  • A copy of doctoral degree certificate or equivalent and other relevant degree certificates and grades,
  • Name and contact information of at least two reference persons
  • Other relevant documents

Application should be written in English or Swedish. Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than October 2, 2019.

For more information please contact Professor Johan Trygg, email: johan.trygg@umu.se

Information about the department
Department of Chemistry is the largest department in the Faculty of Science and Technology, with approximately 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students, and with a strong and expanding research. Three major areas of research; Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry, represents the research and chemistry education of our department. We are also a strong partner in KBC, The Chemical-Biological Centre. For more information about working at Umeå University: www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/

Admission

As soon as possible or by agreement

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1066-19

Salary

Monthly salary

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2019-10-02 Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019