Uppsala University, Department of Material Science and Engineering

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: Our globalized world faces major challenges. We material scientists can contribute to a better future by developing materials that enable new and sustainable solutions within a range of energy and environmental applications. This call is aimed at finding solutions based on two classes of materials that our research group specializes in, namely cellulose and porous materials including metal organic framework (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs). Cellulose present in trees, cotton and other plants, is the most abundant organic polymer in nature. There is currently a great interest in using cellulose to create sorbents, biofuels and flexible substrate materials. By utilizing and tailoring the cellulose nanostructure, interesting properties can be achieved. At the same time, MOFs, COFs and POPs are studied for a range of energy and environmental applications. The unique and flexible properties of both these types of materials can enable the design of new functional hybrid materials that combine the unique properties of the individual building block materials. The subject area thus includes the development of sustainable porous materials based on nanocellulose and MOFs/COFs/ POPs and examination of their applications in air cleaning, water purification, gas adsorption, thermal insulation, catalysis as well as electrochemical energy storage and conversion. 

Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students, diploma workers and 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 and write applications and give lectures for both the public and a scientifically-engaged audience.

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. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills and the research expertise are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment. 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 an 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, of which weight will primarily be given to research expertise. 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 development of sustainable hybrid porous materials, based on nanocellulose and MOFs/COFs/POPs for energy and environmental applications.  

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. 

Management Expertise Management expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. 

Collaboration Expertise Collaboration expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. The ability to interact across disciplines is of great importance for the employment and will be of great importance in the assessment.  

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.

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: professor Maria Strömme, e-mail maria.stromme@angstrom.uu.se

For further information:

Uppsala University Appointment Regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations for promotion from Associate Senior Lecturer to Senior Lecturer (chapter 10.1, and appendix 3)

Please submit your application by May 13 2020, UFV-PA 2020/654.

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 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 2020/654
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 02.Apr.2020
Last application date 13.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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