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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.

Postdoctoral position in wireless multimedia sensor networks (2 years)

A full-time post-doctoral research position is available for two (2) years in the project “Digital Djurpark” (Digital Zoo). This is a joint position between Digital Media Laboratory, Umeå University, Sweden and CSIRO Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Brisbane, Australia. The successful candidate will spend one year at CSIRO and one year at Umeå University.

Digital Media Laboratory (DML) is part of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics (TFE), at Umeå University. The focus of research is on digital media signal processing. Two research themes have been specified: media computing and media communication. Media computing includes research on how to perceive, process, and render digital media while media communication addresses transportation and transmission of digital media over modern telecommunication systems and computer networks.

CSIRO Autonomous Systems Lab, based in Brisbane Australia, has over 80 researchers focussing on a wide range of research topics in areas of sensor networks, robotics and adaptive systems. The sensor networks team undertakes a wide range of fundamental and applied scientific research in areas such as operating systems, in-network signal processing and storage and network protocols. The lab is also part of the broader CSIRO ICT Centre which forms the hub of the cutting-edge ICT research undertaken by CSIRO – Australia’s premier research organization.

The goal of the project “Digital Djurpark” is to make Lycksele zoo more attractive by increasing the interaction between the visitor and the animals. The approach is to develop a wireless sensor network covering the whole zoo. The network will consist of hundreds of wireless sensors, which are able to configure themselves into a working network. The sensors could be collecting data as video, pictures, sound, and temperature. The plan is to put sensors on some of the animals too. The sensed data will be processed and semantic information will be used to support interaction design.

We are seeking for a talented and highly motivated researcher with a track record in sensor networks along with a passion for developing innovative research solutions to real problems in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Essential skills required for the position are:

  • Publication track record from experimental wireless sensor network research
  • Experience with multimedia signal processing
  • Demonstrated ability to program in C/C++ and MATLAB

Desirable skills for the position are:

  • Embedded DSP programming
  • Embedded Linux development
  • Systems development and architecture

To qualify for the position, the applicant should have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent, preferably not more than 3 years old.

The application should include a description of past research accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, including academic grades and a list of publications, and names of two reference persons. The application should also include a separate document addressing the essential and desirable requirements for the position described above.

For further information, please contact Johannes Karlsson, phone +46-(0)90-786 70 56, email:, Prof. Haibo Li, phone +46-(0)90-786 67 08, email:, or Dr. Tim Wark, email:

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

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 315-761-09, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive October 27, 2009 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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