Associate Professor in Computer Science with focus on Distributed Systems

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Permanent position 100 % Umeå

Umeå University, the Department of Computing Science, is looking for an Associate Professor in Computer Science with focus on Distributed Systems. Welcome to apply!

Your upcoming duties
Work includes research within Distributed Systems, as well as teaching and supervision on all levels, primarily within distributed systems and related areas. Teaching assignments include course responsibility and administration. Planning and managing research projects and making new applications for research grants may also be included. Finally, work may also include administrative assignments, including academic leadership within Umeå University as well as communicating research.

The content of the work assignments and the distribution between research and teaching can change over time depending on needs and available resources.

An applicant shall qualify for appointment as an Associate Professor if she/he has demonstrated pedagogical skills and holds a doctorate or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regards to the subject area of the appointment,and the work description.

The subject area for the doctoral thesis shall be Computer Science or any related subject with relevance for employment.

Assessment criteria and their weight
In the selection of candidates, emphasis will primarily be put on the degree of scientific expertise. Next, pedagogical skills will be given considerable weight. In addition, the degree of skills in developing and leading activities and personnel, and the degree of administrative and other skills of interest with respect to the subject matter and the tasks to be included in the employment will be taken into account.

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

Scientific expertise refers to

  • ability to independently plan, organize, lead and manage research and coordinate research projects
  • ability to develop new methods and apply them to new problems
  • ability to competitively obtain research funding
  • successful cooperation with national and international researchers and research groups
  • commissions of trust in the scientific society

Scientific expertise must relate to Computer Science, with focus on Distributed Systems. It’s valuable but not a requisite if your research relates to existing research at the department. Foundational systems research and systems experiments should be central in the research.

Scientific expertise will primarily be judged from scientific work published in proceedings of scientific conferences that apply a peer-review system and internationally recognized scientific journals. The quality, originality, and timeliness of the research contributions will be assessed. Scientific skills will also be assessed from the enclosed research plan, where the scientific height of the proposed research, the relevance that the proposed area of research has for the objectives of the employment, and the degree of fresh thinking will be assessed. Experience from academy or industry with development of or work with large-scale distributed systems is a merit..

The notion of pedagogical expertise refers to:

  • documented skills and experience to plan, conduct and evaluate teaching, student supervision and examination at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • the ability to vary teaching methods and forms for examination in relation to expected study results and the character of the subject
  • ability to demonstrate a reflective attitude about your teaching and the learning of students
  • ability to establish good communication with and motivate students, and to pass on to them an enthusiasm and interest for the subject
  • taking part in the development of learning environments and teaching material.
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education

Teaching experience should be within Computer Science, with focus areas of relevance for the current courses at the department like Distributed Systems, Advanced Distributed Systems and Cliud Computing. Proven experience of teaching at both undergraduate and graduate/research level is required, as well as documented experience in supervision of theses and pedagogical development and leadership. Ability to teach in English is a requirement.

The degree of administrative and other skills of interest should be evaluated by the ability to lead and develop activities and staff at the university, the ability to establish cooperation between research and education at all alevels, the ability to cooperate with other research groups, and to collaborate with the community in general. Documented ability to lead, organize and develop educational or research activities is a merit.

The application should preferably be written in English.

Please see instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe scientific and educational activities (pdf).

During an appointments process, a person of the under-represented gender with the same or equivalent qualifications may be suggested for employment before a person of the opposite sex. The department of Computing Science is actively striving for gender balance, and thus encourages applications from women.

The application is to be submitted using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University, January 20, 2020 at the latest.

Starting date April 1 2020, or as otherwise agreed.

Further information can be obtained from professor Erik Elmroth,

The department of Computing Science has more than 120 employees from more than 20 countries, and is expanding rapidly. The department hosts one of the largest European research groups in Distributed Systems. Current research focuses on how to design automated and autonomous management systems to provide or enhance reliability, availability, performance, and cost- and energy-efficiency for ICT infrastructures and their applications. The infrastructures span from individual servers, clusters, and large-scale datacenters to federated datacenter infrastructures and highly distributed mobile edge clouds (or Fog) infrastructures combining cloud datacenters and future (5G) telecom networks.

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 300 employees and 33 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application

Upon agreement

Erik Elmroth, Head of department

Registration number
AN 2.2.1-1765-19


Apply before 2020-01-20

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.

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