Uppsala University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

Description of Subject Area: The ion physics activity at the department is within basic and applied research on interaction of energetic ions (keV to MeV/amu) mostly with solid materials. Basic research and development of various ion beam based analytical methods plays a central part with applications including electronics, medicine, archaeology, geology and fusion. The expected research will be conducted with the available ion accelerators, a 5 MV tandem accelerator, a 200 kV tandem accelerator and a 350 kV ion implanter and a Low-Energy Ion Scattering System. 

Duties: The position includes research, teaching 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 research subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. A position as assistant professor is intended to qualify the holder for a teaching position with higher qualification requirements. 

Appointment Period: The position can be held for a maximum of six years. An assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor. If the assistant professor is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board he/she shall be promoted to and employed as associate professor. 

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as assistant professor are persons who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence. Applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority. 

According to Uppsala University´s appointments regulations, teaching expertise is an eligibility requirement for appointment as assistant professor. To obtain teaching expertise, the applicant should have participated in teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least five weeks, or be considered to have acquired the equivalent competence. If it has not been possible to acquire this qualification prior to employment, qualifying training for teachers in higher education shall 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. 

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 as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in in the field of basic and applied ion-beam based physics. Of particular interest is experimental expertise in fundamental studies of ion-solid interaction and in method development in ion beam-based materials analysis and materials modification in the energy regime 1 keV to MeV/amu. Experience and interest in the ion beam- analysis area in general and more specifically employing ions with energies below 1 MeV are requested of the applicant. Documented research activities at the boundary between materials research and ion physics are highly relevant for the employment. Experience in development and construction of advanced scientific equipment is a merit, as is experience in the development of methods for advanced data analysis. Well-documented experience in basic research for low-energy ions is considered a merit. 

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. 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 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. 

Management Expertise Management expertise is important and will be afforded 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.  

Collaboration Expertise Collaboration expertise is important and will be be afforded consideration. 

Other Expertise Experiences of ion accelerator systems from a technical point of view concerning maintenance as well as development is considered a merit. 

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: Temporary position six years.

For further information about the position please contact: Daniel Primetzhofer, e-mail daniel.primetzhofer@physics.uu.se

For further information:

Uppsala University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Faculty regulations for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (chapter 10.1, and appendix 3)

Please submit your application by April 20, 2020, UFV-PA 2019/4107.

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

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
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 2019/4107
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 10.Feb.2020
Last application date 20.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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