Uppsala universitet, institutionen för geovetenskaper

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 Earth Sciences is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We investigate exchanges between the atmosphere and ocean and how Earth science can contributes to sustainable development. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department's programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). For more information, please visit: www.geo.uu.se.

Description of Subject Area: Current activities within the research program Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) include the assessment of ecosystem services provided by coasts, the transfer to renewable energy supplies, and the risk assessment and remediation of contaminated sediments. NRHU also hosts the coordinating secretariat of the network The Baltic University Program, and the collaboration project Blue Centre Gotland. NRHU is also partially responsible for the bachelors education in environmental science and the masters education in sustainable development. For more information please visit:

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 program’s organization requires that the employment will include responsibility for the Baltic University Program (BUP), currently equivalent to 50% of fulltime employment. Responsibility for the Baltic University Program, which is a regional university program, involves different levels of leadership and, together with colleagues, coordination of the BUP secretariat at Uppsala University, and representation of BUP at the 14 BUP National Centers within the Baltic Sea Region. Leadership of the BUP secretariat requires the capability to listen to, relate to and integrate with colleagues in different positions and cultures in the Baltic Sea Region. 

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as Senior Lecturer 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 Senior Lecturer 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 senior lecturer 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 sustainable development and/or sustainability science. The research program aims to develop research activities in one or more of the following areas: sustainable food systems, urban and rural development, and marine resources. Therefore, research merits in one or more of these areas will be beneficial.  

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. 

Equal 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 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. In addition, the ability to listen, relate to and integrate with colleagues in different positions and from different cultures in the Baltic Sea Region will be afforded high consideration. 

Collaboration Expertise: Collaboration expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Collaboration expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead, listen to, relate to and integrate with colleagues in different positions. The capability to analyse information, and ability to build trustworthy relationships as the grounds for making collective decisions are merits. 

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 

Ian Snowball, tel. 018-471-3657, e-post ian.snowball@geo.uu.se.

For further information about Uppsala University appointment regulations see

Uppsala University Appointment Regulations

For further information about Faculty appointment regulations see

Faculty Appointment regulations

Please submit your application by Februrary 7 2019, UFV-PA 2018/3649.

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.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/3649
Union representative
  • Ellena Papaioannou, Seko, +4618-471 3315
  • Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST, +4618-471 6251
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, +4618-471 1485
Published 10.Dec.2018
Last application date 07.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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