Umeå University, department of computing science

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PhD student position in Computing Science, focusing on Anomaly Detection for Edge Clouds.

Umeå University, the Department of Computing Science, is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in Computer Science with focus on Anomaly Detection for Edge Clouds. Deadline for application is August 19, 2019.

Project description

We invite candidates to apply for one PhD student position funded by The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation through The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP). The main goal of the PhD project is to develop methods, primarily based on machine learning, for anomaly detection and remediation in the distributed clouds called edge clouds. In edge clouds, computations cannot only be performed in far-away data centers, but in any nodes of the communication network that connects the clients with the data centers, e.g., in the mobile base stations. This position focus on algorithms, methods, and software for anomaly detection and remediation, as part of the edge cloud management system.  The anomaly detection and countermeasures are key for ensuring performance and security, as these problems cannot be perfectly controlled by any management system. We propose to take a coordinated approach to security and performance anomaly detection as we for these closely related problems see great potential for new findings that may be overlooked when studied in isolation.

The position is at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University, Sweden. The position is aimed for graduate studies in Computing Science within the distributed systems research group, but collaboration with researchers in, e.g., control theory, mathematical statistics, or artificial intelligence is expected. (For further information, see

Admission requirements

The general admission requirements for doctoral studies are an undergraduate degree and completed courses corresponding to at least 240 higher (ECTS) education credits, at least 60 ECTS credits of which were awarded in the second-cycle, or substantially equivalent knowledge otherwise acquired in Sweden or abroad.

To fulfill the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in computing science the applicant is required to have completed courses at advanced level in computing science or another subject considered to be directly relevant for the specialization in question, equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.

Documented knowledge and a solid background in distributed systems or machine learning is expected. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experience from other relevant areas (such as control theory, discrete optimization, and statistical methods) is considered a merit.

Important personal qualities are, beside creativity and a curious mind, the ability to work both independently and in a group and experience in the scientific interaction with researchers from other disciplines and in other countries. Good skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement for the position. 

Terms of employment

The position is aimed for PhD studies and research during four years, leading to a PhD exam. The doctoral student position is mainly devoted to postgraduate studies (at least 80% of the time), including to take part in the WASP Graduate School, but may include up to 20% department service (usually teaching). If so, the total time for the position is extended accordingly (up to maximum five years). The employment will start as soon as possible, or as otherwise agreed.

Submitting your application

A complete application should contain the following documents:

-   A cover letter including a description of your research interests, your reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information

-   A curriculum vitae

-   Copies of degree certificates

-   Reprints / copies of Bachelors / Masters thesis, and other relevant publications, if any

-   Contact information for three reference persons

-   Documentation and description of other relevant experiences or competences, such as from software development and work in or with industry.

The application must be written in English or Swedish, and attached documents must be written in or translated to English or Swedish. Documents must be in Word or pdf format. Applications must be submitted electronically using the e-recruitment system of Umeå University, and be received no later than August 19, 2019. Log on to the system and apply via the button at the bottom of the web page.

The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapt. 12, 2 §) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Erik Elmroth, (email: ).

More about us
The Department of Computing Science is a dynamic environment with around ninety employees representing more than ten countries worldwide. We conduct education and research on a broad range of topics in Computing Science. The focus of the research in the Distributed Systems group is (autonomous) resource and application management for different types of clouds and distributed systems.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1013-19
  • Erik Elmroth, 090-786 69 86
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 20.Jun.2019
Last application date 02.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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