Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics conducts research in computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematical modelling and analysis, and mathematical statistics. Our teaching is conducted at all levels and includes mathematics, mathematical statistics and computational science. Among our partners are international research groups, academic institutions, public organizations and companies.

The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics announces a position as a doctoral student in computational science with specialization in mathematical statistics and focus on machine learning with medical applications. The position involves four years of doctoral studies, including participation in research and postgraduate courses. The last day to apply is September 30, 2022.

Project description and tasks
Better planning of surgeries and subsequent postoperative care can make healthcare more efficient. A planning tool assumes that the patient’s length of stay can be predicted using available data, including pre-surgical data, surgical data, postoperative data, and various registry data types. 

As a PhD student, you will work within an interdisciplinary research group. The goal is to develop machine learning techniques that can be used to estimate the patient's length of stay and identify risk factors that contribute to extended stays. Knowledge of risk factors is expected to contribute to an increased understanding of how healthcare can be more efficient.  

The project also aims to develop a systematic approach for using large and complex data and machine learning to improve care processes.

The project is jointly funded by Region Västerbotten and Umeå University and the doctoral student will be affiliated with the Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation at Umeå University:

The doctoral student will be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in Computational Science and Engineering with a specialisation in Mathematical Statistics.

To be admitted for studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from overseas, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in computational science and engineering, the applicant is required to have completed at least 90 ECTS credits in computational science and engineering courses, of which at least 30 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level. Computational science and engineering courses refer to courses with major quantitative, statistical, or computing science elements, such as courses in computing science, mathematics and mathematical statistics. Applicants who in some other system either within Sweden or abroad have acquired largely equivalent skills are also eligible. 

We are looking for a driven person with a great interest in the research area, both in theory development and the interdisciplinary applications. Good knowledge of statistics or mathematical statistics, programming and English is a requirement. You are expected to collaborate with researchers from non-mathematical disciplines and clinicians in healthcare. Experience in interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge of Swedish is therefore meritorious. 

Applicants with a degree from a foreign university are encouraged to provide results from the GMAT (or GRE) and TOEFL/IELTS tests if available.

Assessments of the eligible applicants are based on their qualifications and ability to benefit from the doctoral education.

About the employment
The position is intended to result in a doctoral degree. The main task of the doctoral student is to pursue their doctoral studies, including active participation in research and doctoral courses. The duties may include teaching or other departmental work (up to 20%). The employment is limited to the equivalent of four years of full-time (48 months) or up to five years when teaching part-time. Salary is set by the established salary ladder for PhD positions at Umeå University. The employment starts in November 2022 or according to an agreement.

Application is made through our recruitment system by September 30, 2022. Log in and apply via the button at the bottom of the page. The application must consist of the following documents written in English or Swedish in PDF or Word format:

  • Personal letter with a brief description of your qualifications and research interests. Justify why you are applying for the position and describe how your qualifications and merits are relevant to the employment.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Authenticated copies of degree certificates, diplomas or equivalent, including documentation of completed academic courses, received grades, and possibly other certificates.
  • Copies of relevant work such as master’s thesis or articles you have authored or co-authored. If the master’s thesis has not been completed before the application deadline, a summary of the master’s thesis project and current progress shall be included. The summary can be at most five pages, including figures and references.
  • GMAT (or GRE) and TOEFL/IELTS test scores, if available.
  • Contact information for at least two reference persons.

The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics values the qualities that a gender balance brings to the department, and therefore we particularly encourage female applicants.

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

More information
For further information about the ad/position contact research leader Patrik Rydén by e-mail or phone +46704823555.

More information about the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Employment expires 2026-10-31
Contract type Full time
First day of employment November 2022 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1308-22
  • Patrik Rydén, universitetslektor, 090-7869562,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 30.Aug.2022
Last application date 30.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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