Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology

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

This position is one of four postdoc positions on the topic of equal opportunities aspects in IT.

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Project description: To contribute to the understanding of how students develop professional competencies related to equal opportunities in computing subjects by participating in learning activities where these competencies are needed.  Here, we use the term equal opportunities to refer to approaches related to DEIA and its connection to the seven grounds of discrimination as listed in the Swedish Discrimination Act. The project comprises a highly interdisciplinary team spanning computing and engineering education, artificial intelligence, and social data science.

The position will be hosted by the Vi3 Division at the Information Technology Department and will be working very closely with the local and international collaborators. In particular, the project is led by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and teachers from both the Computing Science Division and Vi3.

We seek a postdoctoral fellow in computer science, education, and related fields whose role in the project will be to lead the main research efforts and to contribute to the advancement of groundbreaking research, in a diverse, interdisciplinary environment. The duties include method development, evaluation and analysis. The project includes both qualitative and quantitative methods; the former from computing education research and the latter from data science.

This postdoctoral position is a 2-year career-development appointment focused on research, and includes a limited amount of teaching (20%). 

The position is funded by and takes place in the context of the department’s initiative to strengthen its research on equal opportunities aspects in IT.

PhD degree in Computer Science or Discipline Based Education Research or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in a discipline related with Computer Science or Discipline Based Education Research. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

High proficiency in English (spoken and written) is a requirement.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence. As a person, a successful candidate is motivated, creative, responsible, and has a structured approach.

Additional qualifications
Documented experience in Discipline Based Education Research. Knowledge of the Swedish Education culture or system. Experience related with equal opportunities aspects such as diversity, equality, inclusion and accessibility. Experience studying bias or ethical aspects of technology. Experience with quantitative methods such as, but not limited to, statistics and social network science.

The application must contain:
A cover letter briefly describing your motivation for applying for this position and project, and indicating 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 how your past and current research experience can contribute to this project (max 2 pages). Contact information for two references.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement.  Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Mats Daniels, e-mail mats.daniels@it.uu.se, Maria Andreina Francisco, e-mail maria.andreina.francisco@it.uu.se, Davide Vega D’Aurelio, e-mail davide.vega@it.uu.se.


Please submit your application by 2 May 2023, UFV-PA 2023/973.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/973
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 20.Mar.2023
Last application date 02.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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