Uppsala University, Department of Medical Cell Biology

The Department of Medical Cell Biology is part of the field of medicine and pharmaceutical science and has a strong research tradition with both cell biology and physiology. The department has more than 110 employees, and an annual turnover of ca SEK 150 million. As well as research, the Department of Medical Cell Biology also conducts teaching at the first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels. Teaching is given within the framework of, for example, the Medicine Programme, the Biomedicine Programme, the Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy and the Nursing Programme.

Description of the subject area
Research within the subject area of cell physiology at the Faculty of Medicine includes mechanistic studies of cell and organ functions during both normal conditions and in cases of sickness. The understanding of function has increasingly moved towards the development and application of advanced microscopy techniques to visualise complex, dynamic processes in living cells and tissues. With the aid of optical biosensors, changes in localisation or concentration of specific molecules and ions can be followed in real-time and the kinetics can be registered for biochemical or cell biological processes at the cellular or subcellular levels. Optogenetic tools for non-invasive manipulation of different processes have also contributed significantly to development within the subject area.

The successful applicant is expected to lead an active research group with a specialisation in the development and application of advanced microscopy techniques, optical biosensors and optogenetic tools for cellular and molecular physiology. The research group is expected to contribute to strengthening both their own research, and the research of others, through cooperation and collaboration with other research groups at the department. Duties also include supervision and teaching within the subject area at the first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels. The position may also include administrative duties as well as internal and external commissions of trust. The successful applicant is also expected to keep up to date with developments within the subject field and to inform about research and development work.

The qualification requirements for employment as a senior lecturer are fulfilled by a person who has demonstrated teaching expertise and has been awarded a PhD in a relevant field or has corresponding research competence (the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4 § 3). According to the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AR), the general qualification requirements stipulate that teachers must be able to work cooperatively and meet the demands required to perform their duties well (AR § 5).

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by the applicant’s independent, high-quality research contributions. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scientific communities must be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of scholarly publications (AR § 34). The international track record required must be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

Teaching expertise must be shown through merits within education and teaching in accordance with AR § 22. A prerequisite for considering that the applicant has teaching expertise is that the applicant has completed at least ten weeks of teacher training for higher education that is relevant to the organisation and its activities, or has equivalent knowledge. If there are special reasons, the teacher training for higher education may be undertaken during the first two years of employment.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in both Swedish and English.

Basis of assessment
When selecting a candidate from the qualified applicants, scientific expertise and teaching expertise will be judged equally.

The scientific expertise refers to research merits. Evaluation of scientific expertise will, in the first instance, be based upon scientific quality and independence. Even the scope of the research will be taken into consideration, primarily with regards to depth and breadth. Furthermore, consideration of the applicant's capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and third-cycle education; the ability to obtain research funding in competition; and the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through research are of significance for the position (AR § 20). Also see Guidelines and assessment criteria for recruiting and promoting teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA § 7).

Teaching expertise refers to educational merits. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality must be the primary consideration. Consideration must also be given to the scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the applicant's capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education as well as the ability to base teaching on research. Teaching experience also includes the ability to collaborate with other parties, both within the University and externally, regarding higher education teaching issues (AR § 22). Also see GA § 8.

When the University appoints new teachers, it must select the applicant who, following a qualitative overall assessment of his or her competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to perform and develop the relevant duties and to contribute to the positive development of the department/equivalent.

Basis of assessment, other expertise: Management expertise and administrative expertise are of significance for the position and will be weighted accordingly. The ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community as well as inform about research and development work will be taken into consideration.

Management expertise is demonstrated by the ability to lead operations and staff, make decisions, take responsibility and motivate others and thereby provide the conditions needed for efficient achievement of shared goals. The ability to coordinate the group, to help create a sense of involvement, participation and job satisfaction as well as dealing with conflicts are further examples of management expertise. Also see GA § 5.

Pursuant to the Appointment Regulations § 29, administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, by the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work in an efficient and appropriate manner along with the ability to specify and keep to timeframes. Such expertise includes overall operational planning, the ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on awareness of goals and quality. Also see GA § 5.

When assessing collaboration skills, experience of and expertise in popular scientific work, editing and other activities related to the exchange of knowledge between the University and the wider community, as well as experience of innovation and entrepreneurship will be taken into consideration. Also see GA § 10.

The gender equality aspect must be applied in an appointment process if it is evident, following a qualitative assessment, that two applicants of different gender have equal or approximately equal qualifications and if one gender is underrepresented (constitutes less than 40% of those in the occupational category in question and at the workplace concerned). The applicant's parental leave, part-time work due to childcare or similar will be considered as working experience merits.

Guidelines and basis of assessment

For instructions regarding an application for a teaching position, see: Career portfolios. Rules and guidelines

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Uppsala University values the qualities that equal gender distribution and diversity bring to the organisation. We therefore encourage applicants from all genders and with different backgrounds by birth, functionality and life experiences.

For further information about the position please contact: Head of the Department
Johan Kreuger, epost: johan.kreuger@mcb.uu.se, telephone: 018-471 4079

Pay: Individual salary.

Starting date: By agreement.

Type of employment: Permanent position

Level of employment: 100%

Please submit your application, which should be written in English, by April 17, UFV-PA


Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/969
Union representative
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
Published 24.Mar.2023
Last application date 17.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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