Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics invites applicants for a position as senior research engineer in mathematical statistics with focus on development of inferential methods for functional data with application to movement data and brain activity. The position is limited to two years. Apply latest November 19 2018.

Work description
The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research environment, including both theoretical and applied projects. The theoretical developments of statistical methods are within the inferential framework for functional data analysis with focus on domain selection. The applied projects are related to analysis of movement data and brain activity. The appointed candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with researchers from the department, from the Unit of Statistics at the Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, as well as researchers from other disciplines.

To be eligible for the position you are required to hold a PhD degree in mathematical statistics, statistics or similar. The candidate has documented experience of:

  • developing inferential methods for functional data,
  • the application of functional data analysis methods to medical data,
  • the ability to work independently as well as part of a research group.

In addition, excellent programming skills in the software language R and excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are required. 

The research activities are interdisciplinary and build on cooperation with empirical researchers. You must therefore have good interpersonal skills and be able to work in a focused, flexible and proactive manner. Experience of interdisciplinary research projects and cross-disciplinary collaboration, in particular within the medical area, is qualifying.

About the position
The position is limited to two years and requires a PhD degree in mathematical statistics, statistics or similar. Since we strive for a more equal gender distribution within our department, we especially encourage female applicants.

Your application is to be submitted through Umeå University’s digital recruitment system Varbi, log in and apply via the button at the end of the page latest November 19 2018. The application should contain:

  • a cover letter of one page describing yourself and your qualifications, that would make you suitable for the position, and why you are interested in this position.
  • a curriculum vitae (CV).
  • authenticated copies of grades and degree certificates.
  • a list of publications.
  • contact information for at least two reference persons, familiar with your qualifications.

More information
For more information, please contact Professor Sara Sjöstedt de Luna, +46 (0)90 7865406,, Senior lecturer Lina Schelin, +46 (0)90 7865530,, or Head of the Department Åke Brännström, +46 (0)90 7867862,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Research at the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics is conducted within mathematics, mathematical statistics, mathematics education and computational science. Important cooperation partners include international research groups, biology, forestry and medical departments, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, the University Hospital, and industry. We provide education at all levels with a particular focus on engineering programs. For more information, see

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment On agreement.
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1722-18
  • Sara Sjöstedt De Luna, professor, 090-7865406,
  • Lina Schelin, universitetslektor, 090-7865530,
  • Åke Brännström, prefekt, 090-7867862,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 29.Oct.2018
Last application date 19.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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