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Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Distributed Systems

Institutionen för datavetenskap




  • Typ av anställning Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Omfattning 100 %
  • Ort Umeå

Umeå University welcomes applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Computing Science. Last date to apply is April 8, 2019.

Work description
The primary focus is research on autonomous systems management. Typical research problems focus 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. The problems often require multidisciplinary approaches combining distributed systems competence with methods research in performance modelling, feedback control, discrete optimization, mathematical statistic, and machine learning. Central to the research, however, is fundamental systems research and systems experimentation.

The position offers stimulating tasks and the successful candidate will have an important role and large freedom in developing the area of distributed systems at the department, both in research and in undergraduate and graduate education. The candidate is also expected to develop collaboration across institutional boundaries inside and outside the university as well as to establish strong collaborations and obtain external funding from national and international funding agencies.

The position is for 5 years, of which 80 % is for research and 20 % for pedagogical qualification/teaching/supervision. The position includes funding for one PhD student.

The position is part of Umeå University’s tenure track system, which means that an Assistant Professor has the right to apply for promotion to a position as Associate Professor at least six months before the end of the employment.

Eligible candidates must have a doctoral degree in Computer Science/Computing Science, or equivalent scientific competence in an area of relevance for the position. In addition, relevant and documented scientific and pedagogical skills in the area of the employment is required. Applicants who have completed their degree no more than five years prior to the deadline for application will primarily be considered. A high level of proficiency in both spoken and written English is a requirement.

Assessment criteria
In the selection of candidates, particular emphasis will be put on the degree of scientific skills.

Scientific expertise must relate to distributed systems with focus 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 degree of scientific skills will be assessed on the basis of scientific work published in internationally well-respected scientific journals and conferences that apply a peer review system and also on the applicant’s documented ability to develop and conduct research projects, where the quality, originality, and timeliness of the research contributions will be assessed. The scientific skills will also be assessed from the enclosed research proposal, where the scientific level 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. Postdoctoral experience from academy or industry is a merit. Finally, documented ability to competitively obtain research funding and the ability to create or actively participate in competitive national or international consortia for larger grant proposals is a merit.

In addition, the level of teaching skills will be considered. Teaching skills refer to the subject area of Computer Science and will be assessed on the basis of documented ability to plan and conduct research-based teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and advanced levels. In addition, the ability to develop and manage activities and staff will be considered as well as administrative and other skills of interest with respect to the subject matter and the tasks to be included in the employment, and finally the ability to interact with the surrounding community.

The application, preferably written in English, should include:

  • A cover letter incl. contact information
  • A Curriculum Vitae containing academic and professional merits, including experiences from research and education, and a complete list of scientific publications
  • An account of a) research experiences b) teaching experiences. (see instructions in link below)
  • An account of experiences of developing and managing activities and staff, experiences regarding interacting with the surrounding society, and popularizing science
  • A research plan describing the research you plan to pursue in this position (max 5 pages)
  • Certified copies of relevant diplomas, grades and degree certificates
  • Copies of at most ten relevant publications, numbered according to the list of publications
  • Support letters from three reference persons including their contact information (position, affiliation, email address, and work phone number)

Instructions for how to describe the account of scientific and educational activities can be found here:

The application is to be submitted electronically using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University.


Upon agreement


Erik Elmroth

+4690-786 69 86

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-120-19


Monthly salary

Union representative


+46 90-786 53 65


+46 90-786 52 96


+46 90-786 54 31