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Umeå University - with its 29,000 students and over 4,000 employees – is an organisation in constant change and development. The university’s researchers carry out excellence within several areas of research, and many of them are among the world’s elite. 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.

16 Post-doc positions (2 years) at
the Faculty of Science and Technology

For a general presentation of Umeå and the university, see the homepage of the International office:

The Faculty of Science and Technology has decided to further strengthen its staff of younger researchers, and therefore searches 16 post-docs for immediate employment.


Intelligence and Cognition
Ref no 315-2172-08

Research within the area at Umeå University encompasses artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and cognitive science, with further specialities like image and text analysis, interaction, knowledge representation, mobile interfaces and robotics, and with different applications like action and decision support systems.
Intelligence and cognition represents a manifold of specialities, projects and applications, which build upon and share knowledge, theories, models, concepts and problem formulations, thus producing synergy. This also enables cooperation and interaction between research teams. Theoretical key concepts include interaction, knowledge representation and behaviour, where intelligence and cognition in a broad sense includes perception, pattern recognition, problem solving, decision making, learning, intelligent action, cooperativity and contextual dependence.

The position is open for applicants within the entire range of the area, for example human-computer interaction, cognitive science, robotics and medical informatics. Regardless of speciality the applicant is expected to strengthen also other parts, specialities and projects within the area. For more information please contact Dr Patrik Eklund, or Dr Lars-Erik Janlert,


Tree Automata Theory for Computational Language Technology
Ref no 315-2173-08

One of the major research areas of the group Natural and Formal Languages at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University (see is the theory and implementation of weighted and unweighted tree automata, including devices such as tree grammars and tree (series) transducers. In particular, we are interested in research motivated by problems in computational language technology. The later is interpreted in a broad sense, including natural language interfaces, text processing and machine translation, as well as techniques to process and map formally defined languages such as XML, logic, etc.

For more information, please contact Dr Frank Drewes,

Applications are solicited from researchers who are familiar with the theory of tree automata and either want to contribute to the further development of this theory or use it as a basis for original contributions to one of the application areas mentioned above.
Since most of the researchers at the department are men, we especially invite female applicants.


Evolutionary Ecology
Ref no 315-2174-08

A two-year post-doc position is available to study the limits to evolution at range margins. More specifically the research will try to answer when and why adaptations to climate change succeed or fail. The focus will be on genetic variation in populations located at either the range margin or the centre of a species distribution. The candidate is expected to analyse genetic variation of populations at DNA-based markers, but the research will also include genetic variation in quantitative characters. Previous experience with molecular methods, evolutionary ecology and quantitative genetics will be considered an advantage.

For more information on research at our department, see the web pages of Drs Frank Johansson, and Pär Ingvarsson, at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Ecology, Umeå University,


Spatial Population Dynamics
Ref no 315-2175-08

A post-doc position (2 years) in the project “Spatial heterogeneity, functional responses and predator-prey dynamics” is available.
It is widely believed that spatial heterogeneity stabilizes predator-prey interactions, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. This project focuses on a previously overlooked aspect – the dynamics of the covariance between predator and prey densities. The project involves cooperation with an international group of researchers that contribute with extensive data sets on predator-prey systems. The data involve a diverse set of organisms, including insects, mites, crustaceans, polychaets and mammals. Many of the systems show cycles and complex spatial patterns.

The project is demanding but will likely yield publications in high ranked journals. A paper that provides a background is found in Am. Nat. 167:246-259. For more information about the project see, or contact Dr Göran Englund, at The candidate should have experience in statistics and population modeling and be proficient at writing scientific texts.


Biomechanical and Biophysical
Properties of Bacterial Pili and Fimbria

Ref no 315-2176-08

The Department of Physics invites applications for a two-year post-doc position in the field of Biological Physics at the Optical Tweezers Centre. We have, during the last years, gained a leading role regarding investigations of bacterial adhesion processes using force measuring optical tweezers. The present position is for extended studies in the field, partly expanding the research to new areas. One part of the project will include studies of biomechanical/biophysical properties of bacterial adhesion organelles (pili) expressed predominantly by uropathogenic E. coli, but also other type of fimbriae (e.g. those of amyloid-type). Another part consists of the influence of chemical compounds (pilicides) on the genesis of pili. The research is interdisciplinary, requiring basic knowledge in such disparate fields as physics, chemistry, biological physics, biochemistry, and microbiology. The successful applicant should therefore have skills/experience in as many of these fields as possible, including optical tweezers instrumentation. The candidate should be able to work independently but also as part of the research group and should speak English fluently.

For more information, please contact Dr Ove Axner  More information can also be found at


Computational Organic Electronics
Ref no 315-2177-08

Currently, there is a great activitity in the design and fabrication of electronic and photonic devices based upon functional organic materials. Such devices promise to pave the way for future important applications such as efficient and flexible light sources and low-cost and large-area solar cells. Our activity aims at obtaining a deeper understanding of the dynamics and transport in organic semiconductors through modelling in direct collaboration with experimental activities.

Transport model development and numerical simulations with observational input is at the core of this project. We are therefore looking for an exceptionally strong candidate with a background in computational physics, in particular fluid, kinetic, and/or particle-in-cell simulations. For more information about the project, contact Dr Mattias Marklund,


Molecular Analysis of Cell Division Reinitiation in Plants
Ref no 315-2178-08

The aim of this project is to understand the mechanism that drives and controls the reinitiation of cell division in differentiated plant cells. We are using the model plant Arabidopsis and we investigate the early events of lateral root formation during which non-dividing pericycle cells are induced to divide. Cells in the pericycle are resting in the G1 phase of the cell cycle and the plant hormone auxin triggers them to proceed with the G1-S transition and start the cell division cycle. Our objective is to apply a wide range of genetic, biochemical and cell biology methods to study this process at the molecular level. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, experienced in plant cell biology and has skills in FACS and microscopy techniques. For more information please contact Dr Laszlo Bako,


Mechanisms Driving Plant-Specific Planar Polarity in Arabidopsis
Ref no 315-2179-08

The project addresses signalling mechanisms during the coordination of cell polarity in the Arabidopsis root epidermis. It investigates pathways regulating establishment of plant-specific planar polarity of root-hair positioning (c.f. Grebe et al. 2002, Current Biology 12, 329-334; Fischer et al. 2006. Current Biology 16, 2143-2149; Fischer et al. 2007, Biochem. Soc. Trans. 35,149-151) with a focus on Raf-like kinase signalling. Highly motivated candidates with expertise in Arabidopsis genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry will be considered.

For more information, please contact the project leader Dr Markus Grebe,, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, SE-90 187 Umeå, Sweden.


Biogeochemical Cycling of Environmental Pollutants
Ref no 315-2181-08

A two-year post-doc position is available at the Department of Chemistry. The objective of the project is to achieve fundamental understanding about processes governing biogeochemical fluxes of hydrophobic pollutants and organic carbon. The project is directed towards seasonal and climatological changes and the implications of long- and short-term biogeochemical variation in surface water composition on aquatic ecosystems.

The applicant should hold a PhD in Environmental Chemistry or equivalent. Recently approved grants support assistance of field work, lab work and running costs. The post-doc will take part in a multidisciplinary project concerning biogeochemical cycling and climate change, and he/she will be responsible for data evaluation and preferably also modeling work. Experience of environmental modeling is therefore of special interest for the recruitment. For more information, contact Dr Karin Wiberg,


Plant Proteases
Ref no 315-2182-08

A 2-year post-doc position is available at the Dept. of Chemistry and Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University, Sweden, to work on proteases in the plant chloroplast, with a special focus  on FtsH proteases (see e.g. Zelisko et al., 2005, PNAS). Study objects will be the annual plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the tree Populus.
Highly motivated applicants with a recent doctoral degree and a very good publication record in international reviewed journals will be considered. The requested experimental skills include a solid background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Previous experience in molecular biological methods of Arabidopsis thaliana is an advantage. The position is available immediately.

The Dept. of Chemistry and UPSC are vibrant and international research centers within plant experimental biology and biotechnology located in Umeå. Umeå is an attractive university town with rich academic and cultural activities and the capital of northern Sweden.
For more information on the research program, please contact Dr Christiane Funk


Mathematical Statistics for Studies
of Environment and Climate Change

Ref no 315-2183-08

The successful applicant is expected to develop stochastic models and statistical methods relevant for studies of environment and climate change, based primarily on varved lake sediment data. The post doc will be based at the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (see, within a project run in close collaboration with scientists at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science.

To qualify for the position you need a PhD degree in mathematical statistics, statistics or similar, preferably not older than five years. For further information, please contact Dr Sara Sjöstedt-de Luna,


Ref no 315-2184-08

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to take active part in the research activities of a successful and growing research group at the department of mathematics and mathematical statistics. The group pursues research in partial differential equations, stochastic differential equation, financial mathematics and risk management. The research in partial differential equations is devoted to linear and non-linear elliptic and parabolic equations in non-smooth domains and to free boundary problems. The research in stochastic differential equations is of numerical character and often directed towards financial applications. Finally, within financial mathematics and risk management the group develops models needed in frameworks for integrated risk management of financial risks and many of the models developed are targeted for industrial applications.

The successful applicant is expected to pursue research in at least one of the areas which are of interest for the group and applicants trained in mathematical analysis, numerical analysis, financial mathematics or risk management are welcome. Industrial experience is an advantage, but applicants will be ranked primarily based on their scientific achievements. To qualify for the position you need a PhD degree in mathematics, preferably not older than five years.

The position is for a time period of two year. The post-doc will be based at the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

For further information, please contact Dr Kaj Nyström, or Dr Anders Fällström (Head of department), For a general presentation of the department, see


Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (Alk) Function in vivo.
Ref no 315-2185-08

A post-doctoral position (2 years) is available in the laboratory of Ruth Palmer, whose group is studying the function of the Alk receptor tyrosine kinase using Drosophila as a model system. The postdoctoral fellow will identify and functionally characterize novel components of the Alk signalling pathway in both Drosophila and cell culture studies.This position seeks a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in cancer biology and Drosophila genetics. Successful candidates should have a recent Ph.D. or M.D. degree, with strong expertise in one or more of the following areas: genetics, cell and molecular biology, cancer biology/genetics and biochemistry. Prior experience with the Drosophila model is a plus. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to have strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, and critical thinking abilities. Umeå University has a dynamic developmental biology research core, and provides an exciting scientific environment. For more information on the research program, please contact Dr Ruth Palmer at


Tumor Biology: Role of the Myc Oncogene in Cancer.
Ref no 315-2187-08

The aim of this project is to elucidate which genes are regulated by the Myc oncogene, and which of them that is important for tumor development or tumor maintenance. Ideally these genes may represent future targets for chemoprevention or chemotherapy of cancer. The research group uses animal models, cell culture models as well as in vitro-based methods like high-throughput screens which requires competence in several tecniques used in biochemistry, physiology and/or molecular biology. The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate experience in working with mouse models or be used to tackle questions related to tumor biology. For more information on the research group’s activities, see or contact Dr Jonas Nilsson at


Modeling, Control and Automation for Forestry Cranes
Ref no 315-2188-08

The Swedish forestry industry has a long-term goal of producing harvesting machines, which use the world’s-best-practice control systems and automation engineering to increase the speed and efficiency as well as to reduce damage to an environment with an eventual target of developing fully autonomous machines. The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics seeks an outstanding individual in the subject of outdoor robotics and control systems, who is expected to contribute and lead research activity within in the project supported by a consortium of companies and public organizations.

The successful applicant will be mainly responsible for conducting and leading research activity focusing on one or several subjects such as sensor fusion, motion planning, controller design, instrumentation, and planning and performing experimental studies on a real size experimental platform in Komatsu Forest AB.  For more information on this research project, please contact Dr Anton Shiriaev at


Semantic Face Image Annotation
and Retrieval on Large Databases

Ref no 315-2189-08

Content-based image retrieval has been a subject of substantial and intensive research recently.  Early image retrieval architectures were based on the query-by-example paradigm, which formulated image retrieval as the search for the best database match to a user-provided query image. Now it is realized that the design of a fully functional face retrieval system would require support for semantic queries. This post-doctor project will address the fundamental problem: automatic annotation of human face with semantic keywords. The vision of the project is to offer web users a totally new visual search experience. The expected research results will enable the user to specify the query through a natural language description of faces of interest, opening the doors to further industrial development and scientific advancement. For more information on this research project, please contact Dr Haibo Li at


To qualify for a position you should have a PhD degree or equivalent, preferably not more than five years old. The application can be submitted either electronically or in hard-copy form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates, a statement of previous research achievements and teaching merits, a publication list and reprints/copies of published work numbered according to this list, a research plan (maximum 4 pages) and a list of referees, all in two copies if the application is in hard copy form. Note, in order to be considered, applications must include copies of reprints.

Further information can be obtained from Lars-Olof Öhman,
, phone +46-(0)90-786 55 13).

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.

Your complete application, marked with the relevant reference number, should be sent to or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive August 15, 2008 at the latest. Note that, if you apply for several positions, separate applications are needed.

We look forward receiving your application!

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