Professor in Computing Science with a focus on Automated Software Engineering

Umea University


February 28, 2022


Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

We are recruiting a full professor in Computing Science with a focus on Automated Software Engineering. The position comes with a substantial recruitment package from the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). Welcome with your application, no later than February 28, 2022.


The Department of Computing Science seeks to broaden its competence to the area of Automated Software Engineering by recruiting a full professor. The position comes with a substantial recruitment package from the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). The package includes funding for two PhD students (four years each) and two post docs (two years each) in addition to running costs. The position guarantees 75% research time during the first six years.

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is 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. The vision of WASP is excellent research and competence in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry. Read more: https: //

Choosing to work at Umeå University means choosing a sustainable and healthy life, both on and off work. The city of Umeå with its 130 000 inhabitants offers city services without the problems associated with a larger city. Social security benefits include five to seven weeks of paid vacation per year (depending on age), strong employment laws, sixteen months of paid parental leave per child, paid sick leave, highly affordable universal health care, highly affordable childcare, tuition-free schools (up to and including university level), and more. The local climate has four distinct seasons with snowy winters and comfortably warm summers. Nature is around the corner and the international hub in Stockholm is a mere hour's flight away. Read more about working at Umeå University here.

The Department of Computing science has been growing rapidly in recent years where a focus on an inclusive and bottom-up driven environment are key elements in our sustainable growth. Read more at the Department of Computing Science website.


Your duties include research, education, and collaboration with the software industry. Your research is expected to focus on technical aspects of automated software engineering. We expect you to establish a research group capable of sustaining its research largely on external funding after the initial six years startup period.

Your teaching duties includes teaching at all levels. We expect you to take a leading role in the continuous development of our courses and educational programmes from a software engineering perspective.

We also encourage collaboration with the software industry, partly to increase competence in the industry and partly to strengthen the quality of education and business connection.

The duties may also include administration and leadership tasks. During the first six years, you are guaranteed 75% research. After this initial period, the distribution of time may fluctuate depending on the availability of internal and external research funding and the needs of the organization.

Eligibility requirements

According to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated both research and educational expertise shall be qualified for appointment as a professor. Research expertise refers to independent research work, the ability to plan and lead research activities and the ability to impart information about research to the outside world. Educational expertise refers to documented experience of planning, implementation, examination, and evaluation of teaching and is shown in a reflective approach to student learning and one's own teaching role.

A high level of proficiency in both spoken and written English is a requirement.

Assessment criteria and their weight

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise.

In the selection of candidates, emphasis will primarily be put on the degree of scientific expertise. Next, pedagogical skills will be taken into account. Thereafter ability to collaborate with software industry shall be considered, along with ability to cooperate within the organization, and ability to lead a research group. In addition, regard will be given to other skills relevant to the area of the position and the tasks that will be part of the employment.

Scientific expertise

Scientific expertise shall be demonstrated through independent scientific productivity. The criteria for assessment are:

  • breadth and depth of research – quality and scope
  • originality of research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • assignments within the research community
  • the ability to competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society
  • experience of research in automated software engineering
  • Pedagogical expertise

    The pedagogical expertise for employment as professor should be demonstrated by documented experience of teaching with scientific foundation at university level. The criteria for evaluation are:

  • an ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
  • an ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • a reflective approach to student learning and one's own role as a teacher
  • experience of teaching in the area of software engineering
  • ability to lead and develop an educational organization
  • Pedagogical expertise can be attained through education in university pedagogy, other education of relevance for teaching at a university level or documented and proven experience teaching at the university level.

    Further qualifications
  • ability to cooperate within the organization
  • ability to lead a research group
  • ability to collaborate with the software industry
  • A general basis for assessment is both good cooperative skills and the expertise and suitability in general required to complete the work duties satisfactorily.


    The application should preferably be written in English, and include the following items:

  • A personal cover letter, including contact information
  • Certified copies of relevant university degrees and diplomas
  • Copies of ten research publications relevant to the position, numbered according to the publication list
  • Attachments to a pedagogical portfolio (see p. 3.5 in Umu Application template)
  • CV/Umu Application form Fill in the required application template (word). Submit it attached to your application in the Varbi system as your CV. The specified sections and headings in this standardised CV insure information is organised and presented in a similar format to facilitate review. Following information must be provided in the application form:

  • basic information
  • an account of research experience (including a list of articles published and a brief research plan)
  • an account of pedagogical experience and activities
  • an account of experiences of developing and managing activities and staff
  • an account of experiences regarding interacting with the surrounding society and popularizing science
  • references, including contact details
  • See instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe scientific and educational activities (pdf)

    Applications should be made via e-recruitment system Varbi and be received no later than 2022-02-28.

    More information

    For more information about this position, please contact Head of Department, Lena Kallin Westin,

    Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher education with over 34,000 students and 4,000 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.

    Are you interested in knowing more about Umeå University as a workplace read more at Work with us. As an employee at Umeå University, you're offered a wide variety of benefits that promote a good work-life balance, read more about benefits here.

    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 Permanent position

    Contract type Full time First day of employment Upon agreement Salary Monthly Number of positions 1 Working hours 100% City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-1933-21 Contact

  • Lena Kallin Westin, Head of department,
  • Union representative

  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
  • Published 12.Jan.2022 Last application date 28.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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