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The position as a postdoctor is placed in the Logic and Types research group at the department, with the University of Gothenburg as the employer.

Subject area

Modal operations for homotopy type theory

Subject area description

This project is about investigating modal operations for homotopy type theory and formalizing them in the Agda proof assistant. One important part of the research will be to analyse existing sheaf models of type theory, so a knowledge of topos theory, geometric logic and the internal language of sheaf models is a prerequisite. Knowledge of and experience with proof assistants (if possible Agda) is also expected.

Job assignments

This postdoctoral position is a full time position for two years in the Logic and Types research group at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct high-quality research and to publish in leading international venues. The applicant should be able to work both independently and as part of a team on research related broadly to the goals of the project, and communicate the results verbally and in writing. 

Additionally, the successful applicant will be expected to perform teaching activities including supervision of Bachelor's and Master's thesis projects for at most 20% of her/his time, as well as possible co-supervision of PhD students.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

You should have obtained a doctoral degree by the application deadline to qualify for a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg. The doctoral thesis shall be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated in the advertisement, for example computer science or mathematics. Since a position as postdoctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, we aim for those who have a doctoral degree not older than 3 years counting from the last date of application.

The person who has acquired a doctorate earlier may also be given primary consideration if there are special reasons. Special reasons are leave of absence due to illness, service in the total defense, commissions of trust within professional and student organizations or parental leave or other similar circumstances.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Competitive candidates are expected to have a strong background, with an excellent publication record, and experience of working with dependent type theory and univalence. Ideally, the candidate should combine knowledge on these topics with basic knowledge of homotopy theory. However, we also welcome candidates working on nearby areas who would  be interested in getting into the field.

Experience of supervising doctoral students, master's students and teaching in third cycle courses will also be considered as a merit.

The applicant should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. The abilities to cooperate and to take own initiatives are important qualities together with accuracy and interest in research.

When evaluating the applicants, particular emphasis will be put on research skills in the relevant research field.

Whereas both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses, English is the working language for research at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Thus, both verbal and written fluency in English is mandatory for candidates.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months, central agreement
Extent: 100 % of full time
Location: Department of Computer Science and Engineering /Logic and Types research group.
First day of employment: February 2022 or other date after agreement.

For further information:

Regarding the project, please contact Thierry Coquand (e-mail:
Regarding the position, please contact David Sands (e-mail:
Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact HR-partner Kristin Kristiansson (e-mail:


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. The application is to be written in English.

You need to provide:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number) including:

  • CV, include complete list of publications;
  • Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences;
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number), 1-3 pages where you:

  • Introduce yourself;
  • Describe your previous research fields and main research results;
  • Describe your future goals and future research focus.

Other documents:

  • Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Closing date: 2022-01-03

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.