at the Department of Statistics. Closing date: 31 March 2021

The Department of Statistics belongs to the Faculty of Social Sciences and has about 35 employees, of which about 20 are teachers and/or researchers, 8 doctoral students and others in administration. The department conducts research in three different profile areas - Official statistics, Bayesian inference and Design of experiments.

Project description
The aim of the project is to develop statistical models and efficient inference methods for large-scale multivariate time series, spatial and spatiotemporal data. A larger part of the work will consist of Bayesian modeling and estimation in the frequency domain. The development of methods will take place in parallel with empirical applications in for example transportation, environmental and neuroscience. The choice of application areas will be determined depending on the competence and interest of the successful applicant.

The project is financed by a three year grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

The project is a continuation of a long running collaboration between research groups at the Department of Statistics at Stockholm University and the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Main responsibilities
The postdoc is primarily expected to contribute to the project by developing Bayesian models and methods that enable the analysis of large-scale time series and spatial data. The position comprises theoretical statistical work with model and method development, computer implementation of methods in the Julia language and empirical analysis of data using the methods developed in the project. The work is to be conducted in collaboration with the other project members. The results are expected to be published in scientific journals and to be presented at conferences and research seminars.

The employment may involve up to maximally 20% teaching.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. The following criteria will be used for assessing candidates:

  • competence in statistics (Bayesian inference in particular), machine learning and signal processing
  • experience in modeling time series and/or spatial data
  • documented programming skills (Julia, R or Python)
  • documented skills in computational methods for large-scale data
  • communication skills (written and oral) in English; Swedish is meritorious, but not required
  • ability in performing independent work as well as collaborating with others in research projects

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date May 1st or as per agreement. It will be possible to work remotely during the pandemic.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Projekt leader Mattias Villani, telephone: +46 8 16 29 93, e-mail:

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/03/2021