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Three-year postdoc position in Computer Systems, Univ. of Tromso

Important description
Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at The Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science

Application deadline: 23. November 2012

Applications shall be marked: Ref. 2012/3776

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a Postdoctoral Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the Department of Computer Science.

The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of three years. The primary objective of the appointment is for the research fellow to qualify for work in senior academic positions. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

Further information about the position is available by contacting

Head of Department Tore Larsen, phone +47 77 64 40 44, e-mail: tore at cs.uit.no.

For administrative questions, please contact the Department’s administration,
phone +47 77 64 40 36, email: administrasjon at cs.uit.no.

Application documents (see below) shall be sent to:

Faculty of Science and Technology

University of Tromsø

NO-9037 Tromsø


In addition, the application itself must be submitted electronically via the application form available at this page.

The position’s affiliation

The University of Tromsø (UiT) is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway with about 9,000 students and 2,500 employees. UiT is a founding member of the University of the Arctic, an international network of study and research institutions of the circumpolar region. Two hundred international agreements secure an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide.

The Department of Computer Science provides a strong international research environment with 12 tenured faculty members, 8 adjunct professors, 6 technical/administrative staff members and about 20 PhD students from different countries. The goal of the Department is to advance the research and teaching of Computer Science as a discipline, to demonstrate leadership within our areas of interest, and to contribute to society through our education, research and dissemination. More information is available at http://uit.no/informatikk .

The position’s field of research/field of work

Research at the Department of Computer Science is concerned primarily with technical systems aspects of distributed and parallel systems and applications. The research focuses on development, application, and experimental testing of models, architectures, and mechanisms for distributed and parallel applications. Scaling, performance, handling of large feature-rich datasets, heterogeneity, autonomy, and componentization are examples of concerns that are addressed. Application areas include high-performance computing, visualization, genomics, information search and filtering, and health-care. Research platforms include clusters, grids, display walls, mobile systems, and the cloud systems. Researchers are organized in four voluntary research groups, each with one leader

The postdoctoral fellow will have a primary supervisor among the department’s regular full-time faculty (Prof. or Assoc. Prof.), and will work within one or more of the department’s research groups. Depending on the specifics of the work, additional co-supervisors may be appointed internally or externally to the department.

The strength of the High Performance Distributed Systems (HPDS) group is in fundamental research on distributed, parallel and multicore systems, and in multidisciplinary research applying the system research to compute dependent application areas, i.e. weather forecasting and life sciences. Central issues studied include scalable concurrency, efficient memory access mechanisms, concurrent data structures and algorithms, program synthesis, composition of parallel programs, run-time systems and energy efficient computing, systems support for human-computer interfaces, collaborative systems and resource sharing, and data management and processing for data intensive bioinformatics and genomics applications. The group experiments and publishes on topics including applying many-core graphics-processing units to boost the performance of computations and visualizations, prototype multi-user, touch- and device-free human-computer interaction, large interactive high-resolution visualizations, tiled display walls, distributed systems, parallel, many- and multi-core systems, interactive weather forecasts, life sciences, interactive distributed performances, big data, and collaborative systems.

The Information access (IA) group focuses on cloud based information access systems and scalable platforms for multimedia applications. Of particular interest are fundamental structures and concepts supporting scalability, fault-tolerance, self-management, and security in cloud environments. Investigations are made on the entire software stack, from operating systems, light-weight virtualization technologies, intra-cloud run-times federating heterogeneous clouds, to analytic run-times and disruptive applications. Application focus includes next generation sports technology, enterprise social networks, and personalized publish/subscribe multimedia entertainment systems.

The Medical Informatics and Telemedicine group (MI&T) studies technical computer science issues within the broader area of health informatics, including mobile phone-based social media and social computer games for people with chronic diseases, electronic disease surveillance, self-help systems for people with chronic diseases, medical sensor systems, electronic health records (EHRs), context-sensitive communication in hospitals, videoconference-based telemedicine systems, and telemedicine systems in homes. All projects are done in cooperation with, or closely connected to, Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory and Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine www.telemed.no , University Hospital of North Norway, www.unn.no.

The Open distributed systems group (ODS) studies adaptive semantic middleware infrastructures and systems that can be configured to support given types of applications and adapt to environment and context changes. The group emphasis on support for next-generation distributed applications, such as on mobile platforms, composition-based web applications, real-time collaboration and information exchange. Specific issues include performance, scalability, adaptability, context-awareness, consistency, reliability and applied security.

The following link offers a more detailed description of each research group:


Eligibility and other criteria

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate will have a publication record that documents solid knowledge in computer science, and strong research skills on technical aspects of experimental computer science. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated increased scientific maturity in their selection of issues, application of methods, and documentation of results. Research results must be backed by thorough experiments and analysis. Applicants without a strong background in experimental computer science research will not be considered for appointment.

For appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant requires:
Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

When applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, the applicant shall submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. This proposal shall include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment. Before appointment the successful applicant and the department must agree on a primary supervisor for the project. Additional co-supervisors will be decided only after the appointment.

Emphasis shall be attached to personal suitability.

Application deadline
* November 23, 2012

Additional information, and important URL

Working conditions

The working hours shall primarily be utilized for research, research-related activities and research administration. The research fellow is expected to participate professionally within the department with occasional advice of students; presentations for faculty and students, laboratory assignments etc., totaling up to 20 % of the position. The position will not include regular teaching assignments.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of computer science as a discipline, the department, and of the university as a whole.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description drawn up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

The University of Tromsø wishes to increase the proportion of females in research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.


The application letter and the CV must be submitted electronically via (Apply for this job) on this page.

In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent by mail:
Letter of application
CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
Certified copies of diplomas
Names and email address of references
Form for documentation of teaching qualifications
List of works and description of these (see below)

The list of works shall contain the following information:
author(s), the work’s title
for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

The works, published or unpublished, which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets.

In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.

These attachments and works shall be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to:

Faculty of Science and Technology

University of Tromsø

NO-9037 Tromsø


Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the University of Tromsø and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


9037 Tromsø


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