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Post-doctoral position in Statistics, 2 years

Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet




  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

The Department of Statistics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, seeks applications for an open postdoc position in Statistics. The focus of this specific position is the development of inferential and clustering methods for functional data, with application to movement data. The work is partly related to the research project “Functional data analysis and applications to human movement”.

Work description
The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research environment, including both theoretical and applied projects. The theoretical developments of statistical methods are within the inferential framework for functional data analysis with focus on domain selection as well as clustering methods for functional data. The applied projects are related to analysis of movement data. The appointed candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with researchers from the department, from the department of Mathematics and Mathematical statistics, as well as researchers from other disciplines.

The appointment will be for two years with proposed starting date in January 2021.

Applicants should have a PhD in statistics/ mathematical statistics (or related area) and must have obtained their doctorate degree no more than three years before the deadline for the application.

The candidate is expected to have documented experience of

  • developing statistical methods for functional data,
  • the ability to work independently as well as part of a research group.

In addition, excellent programming skills in the software language R and excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

The research activities are interdisciplinary and build on cooperation with empirical researchers. You must therefore have good interpersonal skills and be able to work in a focused, flexible and proactive manner. Experience of interdisciplinary research projects and cross-disciplinary collaboration, in particular with connection to analysis of movement data, is qualifying.

The application
The application should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying (max 2 pages).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A publication list.
  • Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications.
  • Copies of relevant degree certificates.
  • Names with contact details and e-mail addresses, of at least two reference persons.

The application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system 2020-12-01 at the latest.

For further information about the position, please contact associate professor Lina Schelin, +46 (0)90-7865530,, professor Sara Sjöstedt de Luna, +46 (0)90-7865406,, or head of the department Marie Eriksson, +46 (0)90-7866108,

More about USBE
As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 150 employees. About 3000 students study in our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

The Department of Statistics has about 35 members of staff. We conduct research with the field of Statistical Sciences, both method development and empirical research, in collaboration with other sciences.

USBE is an AACSB and ISO 14001 accredited business school. Read more about USBE here:

Welcome with your application!


2021-01-01 or upon agreement


Lina Schelin

+46 (0)90-7865530,

Sara Sjöstedt De Luna

+46 (0)90-7865406,

Marie Eriksson, Deputy head of department

+46 (0)90-7866108,

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1505-20


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31




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