Postdoc in Human-AI relations for health and wellbeing

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Job assignment
You will join a growing and dynamic team within the project “Human-Centered AI for Health, Autonomy and Wellbeing”, where we are critically exploring co-design of AI-based tools for health and wellbeing. To do so, we apply soma design, as well as speculative design methods, engaging with more-than-human, decolonial and feminist epistemologies, to critique and explore new design spaces around alternative wellbeing practices, and articulate relations between bodies and AI-based systems. You are encouraged to bring your own unique perspectives, methods, vision, and ways of working to the team.

You will also develop your own research program in the intersection of AI and HCI, and participate in funding applications to acquire your own funding.  The position also comes with a generous financial package for participating in conferences and workshops to discuss research and research results, and to expand your own research network internationally.

This postdoc position at the department of informatics is a part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-HS), which aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems for humanity and society. This 10-year program is initiated and generously funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) with 660 million SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from collaborating industry and from participating universities. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP-HS please visit:

The Employment
The employment refers to full-time for three years from january 2023 or by agreement. The employment includes own research for at least 80 % of working hours. Teaching and supervision at bachelor and advanced level may be included for a maximum of 20 % of working hours. The employment starts upon agreement. For this position, you are expected to perform your work at Umeå University Campus.[PS1] [PS2] [TL3]  Additionally, you will be entitled to many benefits to promote a good work-life balance:

The employment as a postdoctoral fellow follows the Agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow, which applies from 1 February 2022.

Qualifications and assessment criteria
Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is a person who has completed a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree must be taken no later than at the time when the employment decision is made. The applicant must have documented research experience within HCI from areas such as interaction design, design informatics, industrial design, or computer science and engineering.

The ideal candidate should have engaged in autobiographical and/or participatory design, different forms of Qualitative research (e.g. Interviews, Field Studies) and has also demonstrated capacity to understand and prototype with biosensors, physical interfaces and AI-based tools. You should bring in your own ideas to shape the research agenda. You should also be outgoing and flexible in their way of working, take initiative and work independently. The work also requires that you have a good ability to collaborate with others both within and outside Umeå University.

Since employment as a postdoctoral fellow constitutes a merit-based employment for junior researchers, we primarily target those who have a doctoral degree not older than three years from the last application date. If there are special reasons, it may be considered as having completed a doctoral degree earlier. Special reasons refer to leave due to illness, parental leave, clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions or other similar circumstances.

The application must include:
• A personal letter in which you describe your qualifications and your research interests
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) including previous and current employment and academic background
• A list of publications
• Copy of doctoral thesis and any relevant publications
• Certified copies of diplomas or equivalent alternative documentation that proves when the doctoral degree is expected to be obtained, including documentation of academic courses completed, grades obtained, and possibly other certificates.
• Contact details of at least two reference persons

The application must be complete for it to be processed in the recruitment process. The application must be made via the e-recruitment system Varbi and not by email.

Department of Informatics
At the Department of Informatics, research and education are conducted with a focus on digitization of society, organizations and interaction. Read more about our research environment at informatic

Additionally, this position is also part of the UMeHealth research environment ( research/infrastructure/umehealth/), an interdisciplinary initiative for AI and eHealth, combining the Faculties of Medicine, Technology and Social Sciences at Umeå University, as well as multiple industry and public partners in Sweden.

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