Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Faculty of Biology, Department of Organismal Biology

Uppsala University’s tenure track system grants associate professors the possibility to be assessed for promotion to the position as professor. The university provides support in various areas, such as scientific and educational development, leadership development as well as patent and innovation support.


The position as Associate professor in Biology, specializing in animal physiology, will be located at the Department of Organismal Biology. The Department of Organismal Biology teaches and explores evolution, development and function on the organismal level. For more information see http://www.iob.uu.se. The selected candidate for the position will have the opportunity to use a large number of advanced technology platforms offered in the region by SciLifeLab https://www.scilifelab.se/services#servicesoverview.


Description of the subject area of the employment

The subject area includes experimental and functional studies of physiological processes and their mechanisms in animals. The research area is open both in terms of animal species and specialization in the field of physiology.



  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Teaching at basic and advanced level mainly in cell biology and animal physiology.

  • 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 management or other administrative duties such as director of studies.


Qualifications Required

  • PhD

  • 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 or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The candidate is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.


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 given to research expertise to a somewhat larger extent. The applicant must show great commitment to both teaching and research, but importance will also be attached to management skills and collaboration skills.

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 academia 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, particular weight will be attached to research merits in experimental physiology.

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 academia 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 physiology and cell biology.


Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instructions, 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.


Management Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, making decisions, taking responsibility, and motivating 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.


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 debates and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaborations 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

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application


For further information about the position, please contact Joëlle Joëlle Rüegg (Head of Department, +46 73-7121592, joelle.ruegg@ebc.uu.se)

Type of position: Permanent full-time position, probationary period may be applied.

Please submit your application by 2 October 2023, UFV-PA 2023/2104.

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 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 2023/2104
Published 27.Jun.2023
Last application date 02.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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