Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology

Uppsala University’s tenure track system grants assistant professors the possibility to be assessed for promotion to the position as associate professor. The university provides support in various areas, such as scientific and educational development, leadership development as well as patent and innovation support.

The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education. The Department currently has about 300 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. You can find more information about us at the web page of the department of Information Technology.

Cybersecurity in general deals with the protection of information systems, and the services and operations that they support, against unauthorized access and disruption. Cybersecurity is essential in a highly digitalized society to protect devices and engineered infrastructures, from individual computers to complex socio-technical systems. It is a multidisciplinary research area, including aspects of information technology, human factors, ethics, law, policy, and risk management in the context of adversaries.

The Department of Information Technology is expanding in the field of cybersecurity, which is a strategic area for both research and education (see https://www.it.uu.se/research/cybersecurity). The Department has recently started a doctoral school in cybersecurity, and is expanding the educational offerings also on bachelor and master levels. Interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education are enabled by our comprehensive university, exemplified by existing collaborations with the departments of Law, Government, and Business Studies. A holistic approach to cybersecurity is being formed, encompassing and combining research and education across scientific areas, including outreach and collaboration with industry and society.

Within the Department of Information Technology, this position is at the Computing Science Division. Our research addresses the theory, design and implementation of programming languages, formal methods for software engineering, combinatorial optimization, data science, databases, and artificial intelligence. See https://www.it.uu.se/research/computing_science for more information.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University.

Description of subject area of the employment
The subject area is Computing Science with specialization in Cybersecurity, related to at least one of our current research areas listed above, and within at least one of the following topics: language-based security, privacy, computational models for information disorder (e.g. manipulation, misinformation, and disinformation), data and information flow, artificial intelligence and combinatorial optimization in cybersecurity, formal modelling and analysis of cybersecurity, software security, and closely related topics.

Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Research duties are to strengthen the research on cybersecurity at the Computing Science Division. This includes participation in research activities at the Division, and applying for funding. Teaching duties also include strengthening the educational offering and collaborations. Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university. Create and contribute to collaboration both within the Department, with other departments and scientific areas at Uppsala University, and with other parties in industry and society.

Appointment Period
The position can be held for a maximum of six years. An Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to Associate Professor. If the Assistant Professor is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board he/she shall be promoted to and employed as Associate Professor.

 Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in Computer Science or related areas. Applicants who have obtained a PhD degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.
  • Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.

  • Applicants should have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising five weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the first two years of employment.

  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail.

  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight.

 Research Expertise comprises research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in the subject area of the employment. Research collaborations across subject areas are considered important. Demonstrated independence from the PhD advisors will be given merit.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to merits in, and potential in, the subject area of the employment, and in the use of student-centered and activating teaching methods, and timely feedback. The quality of the teaching expertise should be clearly documented and described. Expertise and experience in interdisciplinary settings are also considered important.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. Collaborative expertise is demonstrated by the ability and skill of planning, organizing and implementing interaction with the surrounding community. Expertise regarding the subject area of the employment, and its societal aspects, is considered particularly important. Popular publications, public debate and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaboration are patent applications, commercialization and industrial cooperation. The ability to translate knowledge sharing with the surrounding community into activities of importance to the education's development and quality is part of the collaboration expertise.

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

In filling this position the university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Further information
In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience.

University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application

About the employment
The emplayment is temporary full-time position six years. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date as soon as possible or as otherwise agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Joachim Parrow, 070-5733324, joachim.parrow@it.uu.se

Please submit your application by March 6 2023, UFV-PA 2022/3665.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2022/3665
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 23.Jan.2023
Last application date 06.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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