Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för informationsteknologi

Recent growth in the research activities as the well-established educational programs of the School of Information Technology (ITE) is enabling a significant expansion. In 2017 the total research expenditures where over 67 MSEK and the school had over 800 students. Over the next four years, the School will grow significantly. This announcement is for five full-time Assistant Professor or Associate Professor positions. Applicants are sought in the areas of Computer Science, Digital Forensics, Electronics, and Mathematics.

Appointments for each of the five positions may be made either at the Assistant Professor (in Swedish, Biträdande Lektor) or Associate Professor (tenured or untenured, in Swedish, Universitetslektor or Tidsbegränsad Universitetslektor) levels, depending on experience and qualifications. An Assistant Professor position is a 4-6 year initial contract followed by review for tenure; and Associate Professor (tenured or untenured) is from May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The department greatly values equality, diversity, and being a supportive and inclusive environment. Currently, we have too few women. In case of equal qualification, underrepresented groups will be prioritized.

General Duties

The selected candidates for all positions will have the responsibility to conduct research and teach in the vigorous, international, and rapidly growing research environment at the School of ITE at Halmstad University. As a faculty member you are expected to take primary responsibility for the day-to-day operations of research and of teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

General Qualification

The University has identified two priority areas as being of strategic importance and that will be the primary focus of strategic investments, namely, Health Innovation and Smart and Connected Communities (the latter including autonomous driving and smart mobility). Priority will therefore be given to candidates with an established track record and interest in these areas, and that have an interest in strengthening the University in these areas.


All positions require a doctoral degree, as well as active engagement in research and education over the last five years. Furthermore, qualified candidates should demonstrate sustained excellence over the last five years in at least one of, and demonstrate strength and interest in most of the following aspects of academic activity:

1) Conducting and publishing research;

2) Developing and leading externally funded research projects;

3) Teaching introductory courses (special requirement: for many introductory undergraduate courses at Halmstad University, this requires teaching in Swedish);

4) Mentoring and supervision of doctoral, Masters, and undergraduate students;

5) Teaching in collaboration with industry (for example, through developing student projects jointly with industry on a continual basis);

6) Research in collaboration with industry (for example, through the joint development of new projects or technologies).


Applicants are requested to make it clear in their cover letter which of these aspects they view as their primary area of excellence and how they address all of these aspects in their experience and plans.


Specific Duties and Qualifications for Each Position

In addition to the general duties and qualifications outlined above:

  • An Associate Professor position requires demonstrated leadership and administrative skill as well as collaboration with industry and outreach.
  • An Assistant Professor position requires that the PhD degree was awarded within seven years of the application deadline.

In addition to the general duties and qualifications outlined above, each of the different positions require other specific duties and qualifications, as follows:

Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science (Two positions) Ref 2018/15

  • Duties: Carrying out and publishing high-quality research in the areas of programming languages, software engineering, and/or security. Teaching Computer Science courses, such as introductory programming (in Swedish), advanced object-oriented programming, algorithms and data structures, security for embedded systems, testing and verification of embedded systems, and cyber-physical systems.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in Computer Science. Established track record for high-quality research. It is also highly desirable for applicants to have one or more of the following: breadth of expertise within Computer Science; demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, especially in relation to research topics already represented at the School of ITE at Halmstad University and the strategic priority areas of health innovation and smart mobility; developing and delivering programming courses for engineering education; and/or a track record of successful collaboration with industry and government organizations. One of these two positions will include teaching programming courses in the first years of engineering programs, which requires teaching in Swedish.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Digital Forensics (One position) Ref 2018/18

  • Duties: Expanding Halmstad University’s existing strong Computer Security and Digital Forensics educational programs to become an integrated research and education center. This will include conducting and publishing high-quality research, and, eventually, leading the development of new, externally funded research projects in the area. Duties also include teaching a wide range of related courses, such as basics of computer security, IoT topics, ethical hacking, risk analysis, network security, advanced networking and security, network forensics, and cybercrime.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in a Computer Science or related area. Established track record for high-quality research relating to Computer Security and Digital Forensics. An interest in developing components of existing Digital Forensics programs that relate to the candidate’s own research strengths. It is highly desirable for candidates to have a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary collaboration as well as collaboration with industry and law enforcement organization.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Electronics (One position) Ref 2018/17

  • Duties: Leading the development of new, externally funded research projects in high frequency electronics (for example, projects related to radar). Teaching a wide range of courses in electronics, such as high frequency electronics, wireless embedded systems, and applied electromagnetism. Developing electronics teaching in collaboration with the Electronics Centre in Halmstad and with regional industry active at the center.
  • Qualifications: PhD in High Frequency Electronics or related area. Demonstrated interest in radar, sensing, or communication technologies especially in the automotive and healthcare domains, or in electronics industry. Areas of research expertise should include design, fabrication, and physics. Especially electromagnetic simulations and comparisons with measurements will be considered a strong merit. It is highly desirable for candidates to have a demonstrated interest in collaboration with industry, or possibly, to have spent parts of their career at relevant industry  Some teaching duties at bachelor level require a certain level of Swedish, therefore Swedish knowledge can be considered a merit.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Mathematics (One position) Ref 2018/16

  • Duties: Developing a broad collaborative and productive collaborative research relation with other researchers at the School, and teaching a wide range of mathematics courses, such as numerical methods, finite element methods, and engineering mechanics (statics, dynamics, etc).
  • Qualifications: PhD in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. Demonstrated broad interest in modeling and simulation of a wide range of physical and computational systems. Experience from commercial numerical software packages, e.g., COMSOL will be considered a strong merit. Proficiency in teaching in Swedish is necessary for this position. It is highly desirable for candidates to have a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially in relation to the research disciplines represented at the School.

Salary

Salary is to be settled by negotiation. Candidates should include a statement of the required salary level in their application.


Regulations

According to the Higher Education Ordinance 4 Chapter 12a §, the post of Assistant Professor (Biträdande Lektor) is a qualifying appointment with the purpose of providing the employee with a possibility to develop her or his independence as a researcher and to obtain merits that can lead to a competence for another post with higher eligibility requirements. An Assistant Professor shall mainly be engaged in research and research project development, and shall also have teaching responsibilities. Research and teaching levels are coordinated annually with the department. The post is for four to six years, determined at the start of employment. After this period, an Assistant Professor may be promoted to a post with conditional tenure as Associate Professor (Universitetslektor). To qualify for this promotion, the Assistant Professor must have undertaken independent research; taken part in the supervision of doctoral students; and, through participation in and development of, the education has reached competence up to a docent’s level.


How To Apply

Application should be submitted online via Varbi using the links in this announcement. Last day for application: 2018-03-18.


The application package should consist of:

1) A cover letter stating the purpose of the application; the position sought (which can be either Assistant or Associate Professor); position Ref number and area (Computer Science, Network Forensics, Electronics, or Mathematics); how your expertise matches at least one of the six aspects identified in general  requirements; a brief statement of why you believe that your personal goals are well-matched with the goals of this position, the technology areas, the School of ITE; and a description of future research and teaching plans.

2) An attested CV that includes at least:
- a list of previous degrees, dates, and institution, and transcripts for higher-education studies until most recent available;
- a complete list of publications and a description of previous research and other work experience and links to online copies of the most important publications;
- a list of courses taught, including course name, course number, level (for example undergraduate, graduate), date course taught, responsibility in relation to course, approximate class size, credit hours or total contact hours, and other co-teachers or assistants (if any);

3) Sample publications (maximum of 8);

4) Sample teaching evaluations (maximum of 4);

5) Statement of research interest and research plans (maximum two pages);

6) Statement of education interest and plans (maximum two pages);

7) Copies of all degrees and certificates referenced in the CV;

8) Contact information for three references.

Applications should be submitted online at:


For further information, please contact Department Head Walid Taha (Walid.Taha@hh.se) or Dean Magnus Clarin (Magnus.Clarin@hh.se). For employment terms, you may contact the representative of the union Kristina Hildebrand (Kristina.Hildebrand@hh.se) (representative of the union Saco-S) or Jenny Engström (representative of the union OFR/S). All can be reached at telephone +46 35-16 71 00 (switchboard).

About Halmstad University, the School of ITE, Halmstad, and Sweden

Halmstad University is one of the fastest growing universities in Sweden, in terms of research. In the most recent quality-based distribution of direct government funding for research, Halmstad University was awarded among the largest relative increases in funds. Increased publication volumes and citation scores were by far the most significant factors underlying this decision. The University places a strong emphasis on innovation in the areas of healthcare and smart cities. Research is often done in cooperation with industry and the university is known for innovation and entrepreneurship. Home to 600 employees, 10,000 students, it offers education on all levels, from undergraduate to Ph.D. education. Degrees offered by the School of ITE include undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.  These include three as well as five year engineering (Högskoleingenjör, Civilingenjör) degrees, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Digital Forensics, and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and Electronic Engineering.

Research in the School of ITE is organized into four technology areas, namely, Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart Electronic Systems, Intelligent and Aware Systems, and Digital Service Design.

The working language is English and knowledge of Swedish is not generally required to start working at the university. In daily life, English is spoken widely and Sweden has the highest English Proficiency index in the world. Bachelor level education is, for the most part, in Swedish but with last year’s courses often in English too. Master level courses are only offered in English. All employees are encouraged to learn Swedish - for which both the university and the local government provide extensive facilities.

Halmstad is a city on the west coast of Sweden and has a population of about 65,000.  It is a popular summer destination, and is situated between two cosmopolitan areas: the Copenhagen-Malmö-Lund area and the Gothenburg area, making it a well-connected, yet a pleasantly calm place to live. Halmstad can be reached by a direct train connection from the Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, as well as many other local airports (e.g., Halmstad, Malmö, and Ängelholm airports).

Sweden is well-known for its very high quality of life and social care facilities. It has excellent schools (including international schools) and daycare centers, as well as various recreational and entertainment facilities.

Here you can read more about Halmstad University.

Type of employment Tillsvidareanställning
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 5
Working hours 100%
City Halmstad
County Hallands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2018/13
Contact
  • Walid Taha, Head of Department, 035-167619
  • Magnus Clarin, Head of School, 035-167284
  • Jenny Söderberg, HR-specialist, 035-167100
Union representative
  • Kristina Hildebrand, Saco-S, 070-7721015
  • Anniqa Lagergren, OFR, 035-167655
Published 21.Feb.2018
Last application date 18.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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