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Umeå University - with its 29,000 students and over 4,000 employees - is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå University conducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

PhD Student Position
in Computer Science
with a focus on knowledge-based systems applied in health care

Reference number: 313-481-09

Umeå University is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in computer science with a focus on knowledge-based systems applied to health care at the Department of Computing Science. The Cognitive Computing Group at the department conducts research at the intersection of AI and HCI with emphasis on interaction with knowledge-based systems. Topics like multi-initiative systems, intelligent user interfaces, ubiquitous computing, ambient assisted living, argumentation and semantic web techniques are central.

The current position is aimed to strengthen and broaden the research that is currently focusing on the design and analysis of methods, algorithms and software for decision-support in complex knowledge domains that promote development of users’ knowledge and skills. Research topics include knowledge assessment, formalisation and visualisation of complex reasoning processes in the health domain. The position will be partly funded by Swedish Brain Power and includes collaboration with our national and international academic, industrial and healthcare providing partners.

The position is aimed for PhD studies and research leading to a PhD exam. The position includes a competitive salary for a period of four years research time, provided that expected study and research results are achieved. The position may also include part-time teaching (normally up to 20%). If so, the total time for the position is extended accordingly (up to maximum five years).

Successful candidates should preferably have earned an MSc degree or similar in computer science or some other field relevant for the position. The minimum formal requirement is four years of completed full-time studies. In addition to excellent study results, solid programming skills are required. Experience from health care is also considered highly valuable. Additional personal qualifications necessary in the multi-disciplinary projects are the ability to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and excellent skills in organizing and completing work tasks within time limits. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required and skills in Swedish are a bonus. In order to address the uneven distribution of gender at the department, female candidates are encouraged to apply for the position.

Further information
For further information, please contact Helena Lindgren (email:, phone: +46 90 786 77 73).

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96, and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Submitting your application
A complete application should include:
• Introductory letter with a statement of research interest
• CV
• Copy of completed MSc thesis
• Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and their grades
• Documentation/description of software development experience
• Documentation/description of experience from health care
• Contact information to three persons willing to act as references
• Any other information relevant for the position
All material should be submitted electronically or in one printed copy.

Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-481-09, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 12, 2009 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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