Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Geophysics Program at the Department of Earth Sciences consists of about 50 personnel, including about 20 PhD students. Research is performed within a large spectrum of geophysics, including both basic and applied research. Over the last few years activities related to laboratory measurements of rock properties have become increasingly important, especially as a tool to relate geophysical field measurements to geological structures and evolution. On-site available equipment currently includes laboratory instrumentation for rock physics and paleomagnetic studies. Further information about the program and the department can be found at http://www.geo.uu.se.

Description of subject area of the employment: Understanding rock’s physical properties is central in geology and for the interpretation of geophysical field data. The Department is seeking long-term reinforcement of its activities aimed at enhancing the use of laboratory-based rock-physics analysis. The current laboratory facilities relevant to the position include the Uppsala Laboratory for Experimental Paleomagnetism, which houses an automatic superconducting magnetometer, (de)magnetizers and equipment for analysis of (anisotropy of) magnetic susceptibility and its dependency on field intensity and frequency, and temperature, as well as several other facilities for investigating the mechanical behaviour of rocks.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students.
  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.
  • The position may include responsibility for the management and development of the Uppsala Experimental Palaeomagnetic Laboratory and its integration into a broader rock physics laboratory.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to engage in international research and innovation projects, including EU-funded activities.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise. The applicant’s PhD should be in Geophysics or a closely related subject, preferably in a research field related to rock physics including palaeomagnetism, and including significant experience of laboratory work.
  • Research Expertise and Teaching 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.

  • Applicants 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.

  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish and 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 of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, of which weight will be primarily given to research expertise.

Research Expertise comprises research merits. In addition to academic merits, research merits from other activities, including technology development, may also be taken into account including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. 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. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in Rock Physics and Palaeomagnetism and experience in successfully leading research projects. Knowledge and practical experience of using equipment/instrumentation required to develop the Department’s paleomagnetic/rock physics analytical infrastructure is important.

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.

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. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to merits in teaching of geophysics.

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 is important for the employment and will be given consideration. 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. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship.

Management Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to initiate and plan projects and project applications, 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. Experience of involvement in the management of broad, international projects including both research and innovation is important.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Collaboration expertise is demonstrated through a track record of active collaboration in multinational and multi-sectorial projects, with universities, research institutions and businesses.

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.

Further information

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.

University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Permanent full-time position.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Roland Roberts, e-mail Roland.Roberts@geo.uu.se, tel +46 70 4250358.

Please submit your application by October 2 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2753.

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 2020/2753
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 10.Sep.2020
Last application date 02.Oct.2020 11:59 PM CET

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