Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is Sweden's largest and broadest department of its kind with just over 250 employees, many of whom have an international background. Our research extends from the Earth's core to the atmosphere, from microscopic minerals and fossils to how rocks and oceans are formed, from the time of the Earth's birth until today. We map the evolution of the earth and life over several billion years and study the relationship between the atmosphere and the oceans with regard to climate change and sustainable development. The department has several strategic research themes (Solid Earth, Natural Hazards, Natural Resources, Climate, Evolution of Life and Sustainable Development) as well as playing an integral role in the national Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) and in the foremost European network for natural resources EIT RawMaterials (EIT RawMaterials).

Within the research program Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics, we study our planet from its deep interior to the crust, and analyze processes that take place on scales from individual crystals to tectonic plates. We target natural resources and hazards, magma plumbing systems, mountain building, and global chemical and geodynamic cycles. Our toolkit comprises classic approaches such as field work and petrography, as well as cutting-edge techniques. Some of our most exciting approaches include 3D analogue and numerical simulations, high resolution, nano-scale elemental analyses in the national microprobe facility hosted by our department, and high-temperature and pressure experiments simulating magmatic and metamorphic processes. Our solid knowledge and broad expertise foster a holistic understanding of our dynamic planet. For more information: Department of Earth Sciences.

The research program Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics, together with other research programs in the Department of Earth Sciences, offer a BSc program in Earth Science, an MSc program in Earth Science with specialization in geology, and the international MSc program in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM). Our teaching at the bachelor level includes bedrock geology, fundamentals of mineralogy and petrology, structural geology and natural resources. At the master’s level, we are responsible for courses in mineralogy and petrology, Nordic regional geology, tectonics, economic geology and exploration, analytical methods in Earth Science, 3D modelling plus presentation & publication. Additionally, we offer field courses at both bachelor and masters levels.

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  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The position includes teaching in courses given in the bachelor and masters programs, particularly in the fields of igneous petrology and geochemistry, ore geology and communication skills. Teaching duties mainly comprise lectures, practical exercises and supervision. Course responsibility, course administration, course development and course evaluation are all included in the teaching.

  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

  • The position includes coordination of the master program in Earth Science and planning associated with masters and bachelor programs.

  • Research related to the subject areas included in the teaching, and to the ongoing research in the program Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics. The research allocation is equivalent to at least 20% working time.


Qualifications Required

  • PhD in geology.

  • 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 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.

  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish and English is a requirement unless special reasons

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

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

  • Isotope geochemistry applied to igneous rocks
  • Mineral-chemical variability linked to petrogenesis
  • Electron microprobe analysis of geomaterials, incl. method development
  • Research fields engaging with CNDS and EIT Raw Materials (see the links above)
  • Geoscience-based education research. 

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:

  • Geochemistry and petrology of igneous and ore systems 
  • Supervision of students’ research and thesis projects at BSc and MSc levels
  • Teaching communication skills. 

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 very high 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.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. Collaborative expertise is demonstrated by the ability and skill of planning, organizing and implementing interaction with the surrounding community. Popular publications, public debate and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaboration are patent applications, commercialization and industrial cooperation. The ability to translate knowledge sharing with the surrounding community into activities of importance to the education's development and quality is part of the collaboration expertise.

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

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Instructions for application

About the employment
The employment is a permanent position, probationary period may be applied. Scope of employment 100%. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala 

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Peter Lazor, +46-70-167 90 42, Peter.Lazor@geo.uu.se

Please submit your application by 31 January 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4939.

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 2023-08-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2022/4939
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 09.Jan.2023
Last application date 31.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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