Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Department of Applied Physics and Electronics has approximately 90 employees. The department's main tasks are research and teaching. Total department is responsible for 660 full-time students in undergraduate and graduate education in civil, mechanical and energy engineering as well as electronics and media technology. More information about the department can be found at:

We are seeking for a highly qualified postdoc who wants to contribute to our research in applied electronics with a focus on wireless sensor networks. The employment is limited to two years of full-time with start date as soon as possible.

Project description and working tasks

The postdoc project will be part of a project focused on Internet of Things (IoT) for smart buildings. This project is conducted in collaboration between the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, the Department of Informatics at Umeå University, Umeå municipality and local industries providing IoT for building control systems. The project addresses the challenge of managing and modernizing old buildings through digitization to optimize operation, maintenance and the usage of public buildings. Through sensors gathering data about the actual activity in the premises, the project will contribute to new building services in the area of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) for public operations.

The overall aim of the research for the postdoc project is to develop new methods to measure behavior of persons in buildings using constraint wireless sensors. The goal is to measure the occupancy level of rooms and people flow in buildings. This includes new signal processing methods for counting and tracking people, using combinations of simple sensors such as PIR, CO2 and low-resolution IR camera.


The required qualification for this position is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctorate in applied electronics or equivalent field. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application, unless special circumstances exist.

You should be highly motivated and responsible, have good social skills, and you should be passionate for developing both as an individual scientist as a research team member. Previous experience and courses in wireless sensor networks and signal processing is highly meriting. Good knowledge of English, both written and spoken, and a very good ability to write scientific publications are required. Personal qualities such as ability to cooperate and communication skills as well as initiative and ability to work independently will also be meriting. 


A complete application should contain the following documents.

  • A cover letter including a description of your research interests (max 2 A4 pages), your reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information
  • A curriculum vitae including publication list
  • Copies of PhD degree certificates, including documentation of completed          academic courses and other obtained grades
  • An electronic copy of doctoral thesis
  • Contact information of at least two reference persons
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim


The application should be written in Swedish or English. Documents sent electronically should be of format word or pdf. Applications must be submitted via our e-recruiting system Varbi. Log in to the system and apply via the button at the end of this page. The last day to apply is 2018-08-15.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-10-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1260-18
  • Johannes Karlsson, 090-786 70 56
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 26.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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