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Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 300 members. Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff. Read more about working at Karlstad University at https://www.kau.se/en/work-with-us


The Faculty of Health Science and Technology has an opening for a full-time post-doctoral research fellow with focus on non-technical debt in large-scale agile software development. The position is available within the Software Quality and Digital Modernisation research group (SQUAD) research group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Karlstad University. The research of SQuaD aims at developing methods and techniques to continuously preserve, improve, and adapt quality attributes of long-living software systems in order to allow such systems to be maintained and evolve more easily.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science consists of the two subjects: Mathematics and Computer Science. It has a research and teaching staff of more than 60 persons. In Computer Science, research and education are focused on computer networking and distributed systems, computer security and privacy, and software engineering. Both research and education are conducted in close cooperation with international, national and regional partners from both academia and industry.


The post-doctoral fellow will work in a new industry collaborated project - Non-Technical Debt in Large-Scale Agile Software Development (NODLA), funded by the Knowledge Foundation of Sweden. NODLA aim to investigate Non-Technical Debt (NTD) with the purpose of understanding causes leading to the accumulation of NTD, impacts of NTD, and mitigation strategies in the context of large-scale agile software development (ASD) from perspectives of professionals and researchers.

See more information about NODLA at https://sola.kau.se/nodla

Qualification requirements

Essential Criteria:

  • To be eligible for the position, applicants are required to hold PhD degree, or a degree equivalent to the PhD degree.
  • The degree must be in the area of Computer Science/Software Engineering, or correspondingly.
  • The candidate must have completed the degree no more than three years before the last date for applications, unless special ground exists.
  • Good communication skills verbally and excellent in writing.

Assessment criteria

In the assessment procedure, emphasis will be placed on the applicant's scientific experience in relation to software process measurement and improvement, agile/lean software development methods, processes and practices and understanding of software development methods, various frameworks to manage large-scale ASD (such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), Agile portfolio management, disciplined agile deliver (DAD), Scrum at Scale, Nexus, the Spotify Model and so on) in general, and technical/non-technical debt in software development specifically:

  • Publications in high impact journals and well-known conference proceedings,
  • Oral and written communication skills in English,
  • Ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • Ability to collaborate with others 

Terms of employment

The position is a full-time position for one year with the possibility to extend for another year based on mutual agreement. The starting date for the position is within the time span of December 1, 2021 and February 1, 2022.

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities and life experiences.


Application should include well documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline.

The application should include:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge and a list of your publications.
  • Application letter with a brief description of your academic interests and how they relate to the NODLA project (Maximum 2 pages long).
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Three representative publications. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • A letter of recommendation.
  • Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve the right to contact references only for shortlisted candidates.

Submit your application via the university's web based recruitment tool Varbi and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links to them). Name each document to clearly indicate its contents.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent by postal mail to:

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad

State ref.no: REK2021/117

Application deadline: 15 August 2021

We look forward to your application!

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HR Excellence in Research

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment The starting date for the position is within the time span of December 1, 2021 and February 1, 2022.
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/117
  • Ovais Ahmad, 054 700 2565, ovais.ahmad@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
Published 30.Jun.2021
Last application date 15.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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