Associate professor

14 Feb 2023
07 Apr 2023
Applied Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Ref LiU-2023-00272

Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application! The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology conducts research and offers education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research, the predominant activity, is often done in collaboration with corporate and international partners. We are one of the university’s largest, oldest and most well know departments, applied physics and theory and modelling. Read more at



Hereby advertises a position as

Associate professor in Bioengineering

Formally based at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the Division of Biophysics and Bioengineering


Description of the subject area

At the Division of Biophysics and Bioengineering, research areas include bioresponsive materials, biosensors, and biologically related surface phenomena. Our research is focused on both fundamental scientific questions and applied research with the aim of developing molecular and technical systems and innovations. We now intend to broaden the division further by recruiting an associate professor in bioengineering with expertise in development and manufacturing of biological products, such as protein drugs, Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), or biomaterials.



The duties assigned to teaching staff may comprise educational responsibilities or research, and administrative tasks. Teachers are also responsible for monitoring developments within their subject areas and developments in the wider community that are significant to their role as a teacher at a higher education institution. The holder of the appointment will participate in teaching at undergraduate and advanced levels.

In this position you will initiate and conduct independent research in bioengineering. You are encouraged to collaborate with other researchers in the Division and the Department and other academic or industrial partners, both nationally and internationally. You will strive to establish an internationally leading research group, actively apply for external research funding, and recruit and supervise PhD students and postdocs. You will also conduct and develop teaching, mainly in advanced courses in biotechnology and industrial bioprocesses offered at the engineering programmes in Chemical Biology and Engineering Biology. Supervision and examination of master’s degree projects is also included. Development of teaching may mean improvement of contents and pedagogical methods, as well as the design of new courses.

The language of instruction will be Swedish or English, depending on the applicant’s linguistic background.



To be qualified for this appointment the applicant must have demonstrated teaching proficiency, received a Degree of Doctor of have the equivalent academic expertise or other professional skill which is of significance with consideration for the subject relevant to the appointment and the associated duties.

Here, the definition of “equivalent academic expertise” is a documented foreign degree which is deemed to be at least equivalent to a Degree of Doctor.

The definition of “other professional skill” is relevant professional skill gained outside of higher education. Other professional skill can be considered as a condition of eligibility only for employment in which proven experience within a profession is important.


Grounds for assessment

As grounds for assessment when appointing an associate professor, the level of proficiency required to qualify for the appointment shall apply.

You are an active researcher in bioengineering. You have an interest in research related to the development and production of biological products based on, or harvested from, mammalian cell cultures, such as cell therapies, stem cells, gene therapies, vaccines and therapeutic proteins or other macromolecules for medical and other life science purposes. Alternatively, your research focus is on mammalian cell-based production of other biotechnological products in related fields, e.g. biomaterials, biomedical devices, or future foods.

You have experience of applying for and attracting external research funding and of leading research projects. Experience of supervising students at undergraduate, advanced and/or doctoral level is a merit.

Experience of academic research projects in collaboration with industry, or experience of industrial research, in a field relevant to the position is a strong merit.

You have experience of teaching biochemistry, cell biology, biotechnology or related subjects, at basic and/or advanced level, in Swedish or English. Experience of teaching related to industrial bioprocesses based on mammalian cell culture is strongly meritorious. Documentation of positive teaching evaluations, such as course evaluations, is strongly meritorious, as is experience of course development.

You have an excellent ability to collaborate with colleagues and students. You communicate fluently in spoken and written English.

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching proficiency as to other conditions of eligibility.

For this position special weight is given to scholarly proficiency, followed by teaching proficiency, in turn followed by remaining proficiencies which should be considered equally.

Scholarly proficiency must have been demonstrated through: original research resulting in publication, through planning and managing research and third-cycle courses and study programmes and through the ability to obtain research grants Scholarly proficiency can also be demonstrated through the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration with other teachers and through the ability to provide information about research.

Teaching proficiency is demonstrated through the ability to convey relevant knowledge and skills, to stimulate students such that they drive their own learning process, to create engagement and interest in the subject area, and the ability to structure and organise both the content and forms of work in relation to the goals of the subject area. In addition, the teaching proficiency must have been demonstrated through the ability to contribute to the development and renewal of education and the ability to reflect on their own attitude to dedication and the results of their work.

Collaboration with society is an integral part of the research and educational mission of the higher education institution, where the ability to use collaboration with society as a means to raise the quality of the education and research, its relevance, dissemination, accessibility and application may constitute grounds for assessment.

Collaboration within research is demonstrated by the ability to disseminate, make accessible and benefit from research through the production and dissemination of popular scientific material, collaborative projects with external non-academic actors, commissioned consulting as expert, mobility projects, commercialisation, and activities undertaken within the framework of permitted secondary employment.


Appointment procedure

The position will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Appointments Board. A letter of intent will be required of the applicants who make the short list for the position.


Starting date

by agreement.



The University applies individual salary scales based on the experience of the employee and the labour market.


Union representatives

To get in contact with union representatives, Help for applicants.


Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received no later than 7 April 2023.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to Linköping University, Registrar, S-581-83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application.

Please note that printed publications will not be returned. They will be archived at Linköping University.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us gro. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Thomas Ederth

Senior Associate Professor

+46 13 28 12 47


Daniel Aili


+46 (0)13 28 89 94


Karin Enander

Associate professor, Docent

+46 13 28 23 59


Sara Sethson

Senior Coordinator

+46 13 28 58 35