1-2 Associate Professors in Biology, especially Microbial Evolutionary Genomics Uppsala University, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Sweden

1-2 Associate Professors in Biology, especially Microbial Evolutionary Genomics

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

 

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM) is divided into seven research programs with specializations in the following areas: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Evolution, Molecular Systems Biology and Structure Biology. The department has more than 200 employees and about 70 PhD students. Please read more about ICM at http://www.icm.uu.se

 

Description of the research area: The research area includes evolutionary studies of microbial genomes with a focus on organismal interactions. The research area may include studies of questions ranging from the origin of the eukaryotic cell to how pathogens and mutualists adapt to their host animals. A general theme is how interactions between organisms affect the evolution of the microbial genome in the short- and/or long-term. The definition of microorganisms is here used in the broad sense and includes bacteria, archaea as well as unicellular eukaryotes.

 

Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The holder shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. The position might also include administrative duties on undergraduate level.

 

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as Associate Professor are persons who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.

 

According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala University to be eligible for appointment as Associate Professor applicants also must have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising ten weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the first two years of employment. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

 

Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

 

An applicant who is offered an employment as Associate Professor can be promoted to Professor if he/she has applied for this, is qualified for such a post, and moreover has been deemed suitable on the basis of the specific criteria established by the faculty board.

 

Assessment Criteria/Ranking

 

Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight.

Research expertise comprises research merits including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in the fields of bioinformatics, microbial genomics and molecular evolution. To complement on-going research on prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms in the program, studies that include the evolution of microbe-host interactions and/or microbial communities will be viewed favourably.

 

In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

 

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise. Teaching expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside the academy through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to pedagogic merits in courses and programs in bioinformatics.

 

In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise.

 

Administrative Expertise Administrative expertise is important for the employment and will be afforded high consideration. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organise, and prioritise work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

 

Management Expertise Management expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

 

Collaboration Expertise Collaboration expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Collaboration expertise is demonstrated through capacity to share scientific knowledge with the surrounding society.

 

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

 

In filling this position the university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

 

In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience.

 

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds. At present there are more men than women among Associate Professors within the Faculty. The university is striving for a more balanced gender distribution within this category.

 

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.



Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

 

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

 

For further information about the position please contact
Professor Siv Andersson, phone +46 (0) 18-471 4379, e-mail: siv.andersson@icm.uu.se

 

For further information please see Uppsala University appointment regulations and Faculty appointment regulations.

 

Please submit your application by August 31, 2019 at the latest, UFV-PA 2018/4706.

 

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

 

If you are an international candidate, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus.

 

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.

 

Placement: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4706

Last application date: 2019-08-31


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