Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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Humlab is a unit with just about 20 employees at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Our mission is to initiate, inspire and develop the interaction between the humanities, culture and information technology in research, postgraduate training and teaching. We work with solutions for infrastructure, support and system support and thereby contribute to excellent research and education. We also conduct our own outstanding research and participate in various projects linked to art, media, ethnology, history, language, and archaeology. We are located in two buildings on campus, partly in the Humanities building, and partly in the Social Sciences Building under the University Library, where we also have our lab environment. In this environment, we offer lectures, workshops and other events for researchers, students, and the public. Read more about us at:

Humlab is now looking for a Senior Research Assistant.

Job description
The tasks involve participating in one or more of the unit's ongoing research infrastructures and research projects. Which means being responsible for support and development in the visualisation of scientific data. General tasks include advanced user support, selection of appropriate software, development of visualisation tools, and training of user groups from various research areas, primarily in humanities.

There is an opportunity to collaborate with other visualisation experts within the framework of a national infrastructure, anchored at nine different universities. You are encouraged to continue to develop your professional and technical skills, both to stay current in your own discipline, and to broaden your knowledge and skills in other subjects. For example, by applying for funds for own research projects.

We are looking for someone with a PhD in computing science, information visualisation, visual analysis, statistics, geographic information systems or the equivalent from a related subject relevant to the position; documented experience of research that concerns one or some of the previously described areas; documented experience of working with visualisation of research data. 

Fluency in written and spoken English is required. You must also have good knowledge of Swedish, the ability to communicate in Swedish or another Scandinavian language within two years from the start of the employment is a requirement for the position. You must be self-motivated and able to cooperate in a group. 

Other desirable qualifications
It would also be an advantage to have:

  • Very good programming skills
  • Experience in the development of web-based visualisation tools
  • Experience in visual analysis environments (ArcGIS, Tableau, Power BI, etc.)
  • Education in data mining or machine learning.
  • Experience in applying for and obtaining research funding

The application must be written in Swedish or English and contain:

  • A personal letter describing your qualifications and motivation for applying (1-2 pages)
  • CV
  • A copy of your doctoral diploma, as well as other relevant certificates and/or grades
  • A publication list with attached copies of the 2-4 most relevant works that confirm the competencies we are looking for
  • Contact information of two references

Please apply through Umeå University’s e-recruitment system Varbi. The last day to submit your application is March 10th, 2023.

Other information
The employment is full-time and permanent, but an initial probationary employment may be applied.

The starting date of the employment is 2023-05-01 or according to agreement.

The place of work is Umeå. To participate in planning meetings and fulfill other tasks that are part of the employment, a high level of attendance at the unit is required.

Further information about the employment is provided by director Karin Danielsson (+4690-786 65 86, or deputy director Coppelie Cocq (+4690-786 54 82,


We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-05-01 or according to agreement
Salary monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-169-23
  • Karin Danielsson, föreståndare, 090-7866586,
  • Coppelie Cocq, biträdande föreståndare, 090-7865482,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 10.Feb.2023
Last application date 17.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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