Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology

Are you interested in working with numerical methods for wave propagation, with the support of competent and friendly colleagues in an international environment? Are you looking for an employer that invests in sustainable employeeship and offers safe, favourable working conditions? We welcome you to apply for a postdoctoral research position at Uppsala University.

Uppsala University has a long tradition of successful research – among its alumni are 16 Nobel Prize laureates, including, most recently, Svante Pääbo. The University is unique when it comes to combining IT with wider research, from life sciences to the humanities, and this collaboration is currently facilitated by AI4Research and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematics.

The Department of Information Technology holds a leading position in both research and education at all levels. We are currently Uppsala University's third largest department, have around 350 employees, including 120 teachers and 120 PhD students. Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students take one or more courses at the department each year. You can find more information about us on the Department of Information Technology website.

The position is hosted by the Division of Scientific Computing within the Department of Information Technology. As one of the world’s largest focused research environments in Scientific Computing the research and education has a unique breadth, with large activities in classical scientific computing areas such as mathematical modeling, development and analysis of algorithms, scientific software development and high-performance computing. The division is currently in an expansive phase in new emerging areas such as cloud and fog computing, data science, and artificial intelligence, where it plays key roles in several new strategic initiatives at the University. The division currently hosts 20 PhD students, with more than 80 doctorates awarded. Several PhD alumni from the division are successful practitioners in the field of scientific computing and related areas, in industry as well as in academia.

The project focuses on low-frequency sound propagation over large areas, where noise sources can be wind farms, battery farms, vehicle traffic and industry. We will also focus on how ground vibrations propagate into buildings, and how the resulting structural noise is spread. To speed up the calculations, we use larger graphics cards. Here we also investigate the possibility of involving AI to speed up the calculations. The position may also involve teaching activities (up to 20%) and opportunities for supervising students in second-cycle education.

PhD degree in scientific computing, numerical analysis or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in scientific computing, numerical analysis. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree within 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.

The applicant must have a strong background in numerical methods for wave propagation problems, analysis of initial and boundary value problems, PDE constrained optimization and good programming skills in CUDA and Python. Interest in interdisciplinary research with a focus on applications. Good communication skills and good knowledge of written and spoken English are also a requirement. A requirement is also that the applicant has experience of teaching courses in scientific computing.  As a person, you are creative, meticulous and have a structured approach. When selecting applicants, we will assess their ability to independently drive their work forward, to collaborate with others, to have a professional approach and to analyze and work with complex problems. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Additional qualifications
Experience of having worked with "autoencoders" and programmed in MATLAB. Experience with higher order finite difference methods. Supervision of student projects. Numerical methods for CFD. Interest in physics and in particular Geophysics.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement. Full time position. Starting date 1 September 2024 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Ken Mattsson, mobile phone: +46 7326171953, email: ken.mattsson@it.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 14 June 2024, UFV-PA 2024/1977.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Employment expires 2026-08-31
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-01
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2024/1977
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 29.May.2024
Last application date 14.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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