Postdoc Position in Computing Science with a Specilisation in IT for a Sustainable and Secure Society

Uppsala University Department of Information Technology

Postdoc in Computing Science with a Specilisation in IT for a Sustainable and Secure Society

Published: 2021-04-29

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education in a wide spectrum of areas, from construction of computer systems, via programming of computers, storage and handling of data, to information retrieval and methods for applying computers in a variety of contexts. The Department currently has about 300 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4,000 students take one or more courses at the department each year. More info:

Two very important aspects of Information Technology are sustainability and security. To support research in these directions, the department is recruiting up to five postdocs across a range of projects.

Sustainability in Information Technology encompasses both the direct impacts on the environment of IT and the environments where IT is used. For example, the power consumption and emissions generated by operating computing devices (including data centres, mobile devices, embedded devices, and communications networks) as well as the global supply chains that deliver and maintain them, should be studied from a sustainability perspective. IT also plays a key enabling role in sustainability for industry, civil infrastructure, healthcare, and traffic control by improving efficiency. The Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University ( has selected sustainability as one of its key focus areas.

Security in Information Technology addresses the challenge of protecting from disruptions the people, places, and societal infrastructure that rely on computer systems for data storage and processing. This disruption can come from malicious actors or as side-effects of unexpected interactions. Security research at the Department covers all aspects from speculative hardware attacks to software practices and proof systems for guaranteeing safety and reliability of codes and systems (

To support research in these critical areas, the Department of Information Technology has decided to make a joint effort to recruit five postdoctoral researchers with a focus on “IT for a Sustainable and Secure Society.”

The postdoc position announced here is hosted by the Computing Science Division. The other four postdoc positions can be found here.

Duties/Project description: The project at the Computing Science Division addresses sustainability and security concerns computationally, for the social good. Each applicant must outline a project in one of the following areas: either (1) social data science for the analysis of online disinformation; or (2) cybersecurity using formal methods, e.g., mathematical modelling and specification, verification, protocol analysis, interactive or automated theorem proving, or language-based security.

The position is focused on research in the described research project, and includes a limited amount of teaching and departmental duties, but not more than 20%.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Computer Science or a related subject, or a PhD in a computational discipline related to Data Science. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc. A requirement for employment is documented experience, depending on the choice of area for the research project, of either • formal methods and/or proof assistants; experience in cybersecurity is meriting OR • social media and online data research, either method development or computational analysis; experience in studying online information disorders is meriting. Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required.

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter briefly describing your motivation for applying for this position and project, and the earliest possible employment date (max 1 page).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A copy of relevant diplomas and transcripts (translated into Swedish or English).
  • A list of publications.
  • Up to five selected publications in electronic format.
  • A research statement describing your past and current research (max 1 page) and a proposal for future activities (max 1 page).
  • Contact information for two references.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Type of employment: Temporary position for 2 years according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Joachim Parrow ( eller Pierre Flener (

Please submit your application by 28 May 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1572.

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Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1572

Last application date: 2021-05-28

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