Uppsala University (UU)

Professor of Molecular Medicine

Uppsala University (UU)

Uppsala, Sweden

Description of the subject area:
Research in molecular medicine is focused on how disruptions in genes, molecules and cellular functions can be linked to diseases, areas in which Uppsala University already has a prominent role. The aim of the research is to produce knowledge about the molecular mechanisms underlying diseases and bases for intervention with diagnostics and therapy.

Research, teaching and administration. Teaching includes course responsibility, course administration and supervision of doctoral students. The prospective professor of molecular medicine is expected to build and head an internationally leading research programme, preferably in development and/or application of genomic technologies to molecular medicine. The position may be combined with an assignment as the director or co-director of the genomics platform at the Science for Life Laboratory, conditional upon the approval of the board of directors of SciLifeLab.

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor (Chapter 4, Section 3 Higher Education Ordinance). According to the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, a general eligibility requirement for teachers is that they must have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well (Section 5 AR).

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a high international and national standard. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, have demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community must be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality and scope of their academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject. Requirements for international merits must be assessed on the basis of the character and specific circumstances of the subject.

Teaching expertise must, according to section 33 AR have been demonstrated by educational and teaching qualifications in accordance with section 23 AR. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A prerequisite for having demonstrated teaching expertise is that applicants have completed teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least 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. The teacher training must also include third cycle supervision.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. If special reasons apply, a person who does not have the ability to teach in Swedish, can be expected to acquire this ability within two years.

Assessment criteria:
Weight will be assigned to research expertise and teaching expertise in the selection among eligible applicants, with particular weight assigned to research expertise.

Scientific quality from an international perspective will be the primary criterion in the assessment of research expertise, particularly as regards the development and application of genomic technologies.

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.

Experience in leading and developing international research infrastructure is a preferred qualification. See also Section 3 of Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruiting and Promoting Teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA) section 3.

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. See also Section 4 GA.

When the University appoints new teachers those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Assessment criteria, other expertise:
Administrative and leadership expertise are significant to the position and will be assigned weight. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to inform the public about research and development will be considered.

Leadership expertise is demonstrated through the ability to lead operations and employees, make decisions, assume responsibility and motivate and provide others with the conditions necessary to attain common goals. The ability to coordinate the group and contribute to generating commitment, participation and job satisfaction and the ability to manage conflicts are further examples of demonstrated expertise. See Section 5 GA.

According to the Appointment Regulations, 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. See Section 5 GA.

When assessing collaborative expertise, experience with and expertise in education and outreach, editorships and other activities related to knowledge exchange between the University and the surrounding community, as well as experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, shall be of significance. See section 6 GA.

The gender-equality aspect will be applied if it is determined following a qualitative assessment that two applicants of different genders have equal or approximately equal qualifications.

The applicant’s parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, or the like, will be regarded as qualifying 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 agreed.

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

For further information about the position please contact head of the Department Karin Forsberg Nilsson; phone: 018-4715158, e-mail: karin.nilsson@igp.uu.se.

Please submit your application, which should be written in English, by 9th March 2020, UFV-PA 2019/3889.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: UFV-PA 2019/3889