Associate Professor in Biology, especially Experimental Structural Biology
Uppsala University, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Associate Professor in Biology, especially Experimental Structural Biology

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 ( is one of the most international, broad and distinguished biomolecular departments in Europe. Research interests range all the way from genetics to the biophysics of single molecules.


The advertised position is within the Structural Biology program ( at ICM, where current research covers structural and functional studies of a wide range of fundamental biological processes ranging from protein synthesis, metal homeostasis, enzyme catalysis, and protein evolution to chaperone directed assembly of spider silk and other complex structures, and antibiotic resistance. We are now looking for a lecturer to complement and broaden both the expertise and research scope within the program.


Description of Subject Area: The subject area is structure and function of biological macromolecules.


Duties: The successful candidate is expected to perform research and teaching in the area of experimental structural biology and administration. The Associate Professor will teach at basic and advanced levels in subject areas related to cell and molecular biology, with a focus on structural biology. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Administrative tasks relevant for the department and faculty may be part of the duties as well. The Associate Professor is also expected to keep abreast of developments within the subject area and developments in the wider community that are significant for work at the university. The duties of the Associate Professorship also include being in charge of development and oversight of the planned local cryo-EM facility and associated teaching and information activities.


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 must also have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising ten weeks, or have otherwise 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 lecturer is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.


An applicant who is offered 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, of which weight will primarily be given to research expertise.


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 merits for studies of macromolecular structure using high resolution electron microscopy.


In assessing research expertise, research quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, 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 demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community will be considered.


As much attention will 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 of academia through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to merits in the subject fields of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Structural Biology.


In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching within the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education will be considered. 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.


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.


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 David van der Spoel, phone +46-18-471 4205, e-mail or Professor Stefan Knight, phone +46-18-471 4554, e-mail


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 2019/1556.


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


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
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1556

Last application date: 2019-08-31

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