Postdoctoral Positions in Embedded Systems

Uppsala University Department of Information Technology


Up to 3 Postdoctoral position in Embedded Systems

Published: 2021-05-27

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The Department of Information Technology has a leading position in research and education. The Department currently has about 300 employees, including 120 teachers and 110 PhD students. More than 4000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. More info:

Duties/Project description: The functionality as well as economical value of many industrial systems and products, for instance cars, airplanes, drones/blimps, and medical devices, is today defined and realized by embedded software. A key challenge in the design of such systems is the ability to update software (to add new features, to customize a system, or to fix security vulnerabilities) without compromising the overall safety and security. This is extremely difficult due to the complexity of today’s software and hardware architectures, with the result that safe system updates after deployment become nearly impossible. Uppsala University has two new exciting projects about updatable, next-generation embedded systems: the ERC project CUSTOMER, and the Wallenberg project UPDATE. The projects bring together world-leading research groups in several areas related to Embedded Systems Design and Implementation: the Uppsala Networked Objects group, the Verification and Testing group, and the Embedded Systems group.

In particular, we will develop the following: a new system architecture for embedded systems that supports the ability to deploy incremental updates, allowing components to be seamlessly integrated and updated, while guaranteeing the deterministic behavior of systems; scalable methods and verification tools that automatically verify, in-the-field, that intended updates preserve and ensure safety conditions; efficient scheduling algorithms for optimal resource utilization for state-of-the-art computing platforms to enable dynamic updates; robust protocols and run-time techniques for secure deployment and enforcement of verified and accepted updates even in safety-critical environments such as drones/blimps.

We are therefore looking for motivated post-docs in the following areas:

  • System architectures for Embedded Systems
  • Modelling and verification
  • Real-time scheduling and analysis
  • Code generation for multi-core platforms

The positions are focused on research in the described research projects, and include a limited amount of teaching and departmental duties, but not more than 20%.

Appointment period: The positions will be held for two years and can start as soon as possible.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required.

Application: The application should include a statement (at most 2 pages) of the applicant’s motivation for applying for this position, including the applicant’s qualifications and research interests, a description of the applicant’s PhD thesis, and a description how the applicant’s background is a good fit for the projects CUSTOMER and UPDATE. The application must include a CV, degrees and grades (translated to English or Swedish), a web reference to the PhD thesis, a complete list of publications with up to five important publications for the position highlighted and the candidate’s own contributions to those five publication described, other relevant documents, and the earliest possible starting date. Applications should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation, which should be provided directly by the references through the online application system (or by Email to with the position number in the subject.)

Working in Sweden: Sweden is a fantastic place for living and working. Swedes are friendly and speak excellent English. The quality of life is high, with a strong emphasis on outdoor activities. The Swedish working climate emphasizes an open atmosphere, with active discussions involving both junior and senior staff. All post-docs are full employees, with standard salaries and five weeks of paid holiday. Spouses of employees are entitled to work permits. Healthcare is free after a small co-pay and the university subsidizes athletic costs, such as a gym membership. The parental benefits in Sweden are among the best in the world, including extensive parental leave (for both parents), paid time off to care for sick children, and affordable daycare.

Salary: Individual salary.
Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position for 2 years according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Wang Yi, E-mail:; or Senior lecturer/Associate Professor Philipp Rümmer, E-mail:

Please submit your application by 25 June 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2189.

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Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 3

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2189

Last application date: 2021-06-25

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