Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences
Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher
education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are
characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a
multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå
University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9
genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment
makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a
dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.
This Phd position at the department of informatics is a part of the Wallenberg
AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-
HS), which aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the
consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems
for humanity and society. This 10-year program is initiated and generously
funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) with 660
million SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from
collaborating industry and from participating universities. For more
information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP-HS
please visit; WASP-HS
The PhD candidate will take part in the WASP-HS graduate school, which
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 candidates,
researchers and practitioners in the field. It thus provides added value on
top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique
opportunities for participants.
AI-based systems play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives.
Human-centred AI research focuses on collaborating with humans, enhancing
human capabilities and empowering humans to better achieve their goals. This
includes issues such as how individuals may influence and collaborate with AI-
based systems, in participatory design processes and as part of everyday
living; what risks may arise in terms of self-determination and autonomy and
how they may be mitigated; how trust, transparency and sense of control can be
promoted; and how individuals relate socially, culturally, and emotionally to
AI systems in their everyday lives.
There is a need to understand and critically reflect upon the design and
implementation of AI systems in our society. This needs to be immersed both in
understandings of how technology is made and used in a social world, and how
it contributes to creating new worlds. Emerging technologies and their
implications for human health and wellbeing must be highlighted at the
individual, group and societal level. The candidate will conduct research and
critically analyze the design processes to articulate social, cultural, and
ethical aspects of technology use in the domain of health and human wellbeing.
The understandings and learnings of this research will be looped back into the
design of AI-based systems. We think that as a candidate you have an interest
in ethics, aesthetics, and/or design, and ideally has demonstrated capacity to
engage with the subjects of biodata/biosensors, machine learning, and/or other
forms of AI.
We are looking for a doctoral student who wants to work with human-centred AI
and wants to be involved in developing Umeå University's AI profile. This
particular position is part of the UMeHealth research environment
((https: // www. umu.se/en/research/infrastructure/umehealth/) that focuses on
AI to support and improve human wellbeing.
The candidate will be employed and admitted to the doctoral programme at
the department of Informatics, Umeå University. The education at doctoral
level corresponds to four years of full-time studies (240 higher education
credits) and with a doctoral degree as the goal. A Ph.D. student can also
participate in teaching or other departmental activities up to 20% of the
time. Salary is paid according to agreement for doctoral positions. The
employment starts autumn 2021 or by agreement. For this position, you are
expected to perform your work at the department of Informatics at Umeå
The applicants must have a degree at advanced level in informatics or
equivalent. For employment as a doctoral student, admission to doctoral
education is required. Basic eligibility for admission to doctoral education
is a completed degree at advanced level or completed course requirements of at
least 240 higher education credits, which of at least 60 credits at an
advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country acquired
essentially equivalent knowledge. In order to meet the requirement for special
eligibility to be admitted to doctoral education in informatics, the applicant
must have a university education in informatics of at least 90 credits, and 60
credits on advanced level in informatics (master's level) or other education
of equivalent scope and specialization. The requirements are also considered
to be met by those who in other ways, within or outside the country, have
acquired substantially equivalent knowledge.
In selection among eligible applicants, great emphasis is placed on the
ability to assimilate the education, previous study results and the quality of
the submitted research plan. In other aspects, reference is made to agreement
on employment as a doctoral student (Chapter 5) and access to education
(Chapter 7) in the Higher Education Ordinance.
The application must be complete for it to be processed in the recruitment
process. The application must be made via the e-recruitment system Varbi.
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.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2021
Salary Montly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
County Västerbottens län
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1273-21
Katrin Jonsson, 090-786 93 87
Tina Lundmark, 090-7866438
SACO, 090-786 53 65
SEKO, 090-786 52 96
ST, 090-786 54 31
Last application date 30.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST
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