Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet
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.
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You will join a growing and dynamic team within the project “Human-Centered AI
for Health, Autonomy and Wellbeing”, where we are critically exploring co-
design of AI-based tools for health and wellbeing. To do so, we apply soma
design, as well as speculative design methods, engaging with more-than-human,
decolonial and feminist epistemologies, to critique and explore new design
spaces around alternative wellbeing practices, and articulate relations
between bodies and AI-based systems. You are encouraged to bring your own
unique perspectives, methods, vision, and ways of working to the team.
You will also develop your own research program in the intersection of AI and
HCI, and participate in funding applications to acquire your own funding. The
position also comes with a generous financial package for participating in
conferences and workshops to discuss research and research results, and to
expand your own research network internationally.
This postdoc 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: https: // wasp-hs.org/
The employment refers to full-time for three years from january 2023 or by
agreement. The employment includes own research for at least 80 % of working
hours. Teaching and supervision at bachelor and advanced level may be included
for a maximum of 20 % of working hours. The employment starts upon agreement.
For this position, you are expected to perform your work at Umeå University
Campus.PS1 PS2 TL3 Additionally, you will be entitled to many
benefits to promote a good work-life balance: https: // www. umu.se/en/work-with-
The employment as a postdoctoral fellow follows the Agreement on fixed-term
employment as a postdoctoral fellow, which applies from 1 February 2022.
Qualifications and assessment criteria
Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is a person who has completed
a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree must be taken no later than at the time
when the employment decision is made. The applicant must have documented
research experience within HCI from areas such as interaction design, design
informatics, industrial design, or computer science and engineering.
The ideal candidate should have engaged in autobiographical and/or
participatory design, different forms of Qualitative research (e.g.
Interviews, Field Studies) and has also demonstrated capacity to understand
and prototype with biosensors, physical interfaces and AI-based tools. You
should bring in your own ideas to shape the research agenda. You should also
be outgoing and flexible in their way of working, take initiative and work
independently. The work also requires that you have a good ability to
collaborate with others both within and outside Umeå University.
Since employment as a postdoctoral fellow constitutes a merit-based employment
for junior researchers, we primarily target those who have a doctoral degree
not older than three years from the last application date. If there are
special reasons, it may be considered as having completed a doctoral degree
earlier. Special reasons refer to leave due to illness, parental leave,
clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions or other similar
The application must include:
• A personal letter in which you describe your qualifications and your
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) including previous and current employment and
• A list of publications
• Copy of doctoral thesis and any relevant publications
• Certified copies of diplomas or equivalent alternative documentation that
proves when the doctoral degree is expected to be obtained, including
documentation of academic courses completed, grades obtained, and possibly
• Contact details of at least two reference persons
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 and
not by email.
Department of Informatics
At the Department of Informatics, research and education are conducted with a
focus on digitization of society, organizations and interaction. Read more
about our research environment at www. umu.se/ informatic
Additionally, this position is also part of the UMeHealth research environment
(https: // www. umu.se/en/ research/infrastructure/umehealth/), an
interdisciplinary initiative for AI and eHealth, combining the Faculties of
Medicine, Technology and Social Sciences at Umeå University, as well as
multiple industry and public partners in Sweden.
Umeå University strives 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 2023
Salary Montly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
County Västerbottens län
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1345-22
Katrin Jonsson, Prefekt, 090-7869387
Tina Lundmark, Hr-samordnare, 090-7866438
Pedro Sanches, Projektledare, 090-7867061
Last application date 24.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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