Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health

Senior Lecturer in Global Health (Qualitative research methods)


Uppsala University, Department of Women's and Children's Health

The Department of Women's and Children's Health is an international and multi-professional institution with a focus on health and well-being. The global health perspective is always present, and there is collaboration across professions and clinical areas, both in education and in research.

Global Health and Migration is a profile area for the department. More information about the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health can be found at www.kbh.uu.se.

The department is leading research and education in the field of global health and migration. Activities are grounded in 2030 Agenda, with special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, child health and nutrition, implementation and migration. The education and research program address the health challenges in low- and middle-income settings, in humanitarian crises and in a migratory context. The department makes important contributions towards equitable global health by developing and evaluating interventions and new strategies for tackling priority health problems. Research projects are mostly interdisciplinary and conducted in close collaboration with academic institutions and other partners around the world.

Description of subject area: Global Health is the health as well as health problems and diseases of populations in a global context and transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual nations, and has global political and economic importance. It deals with needs of global improvement of health, reduction of gaps in health conditions, and protection against global threats against health with special emphasis on vulnerable groups, with emphasis on achieving equity in health for all across the world. The master’s programme in Global Health, where the lecturer will teach, is hosted at the Global health and Migration Unit at the department.

Duties: The position includes:

  • Teaching with qualitative research methods in Global Health, followed by research and administration.
  • Development work, supervision and examination at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level.
  • Participation in pedagogic development and evaluation of the Master’s Program in Global Health.
  • Initiate and independently manage research and development projects within the subject area together with national and international partners.
  • Coordination of international education, if required

Eligibility requirements: A person qualified for appointment as a senior lecturer is a person who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or have the corresponding research competence (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, section 4).

According to section 5 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AR), having the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well is a general eligibility requirement for teachers.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by the applicant’s independent, high-quality research contributions using qualitative methods within the field of global health. Relevant teaching and/or research experience from low- or middle-income and/or vulnerable contexts is required. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scientific community will be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of scholarly publications (see AR,Section 34).The international track record required will be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

The teaching expertise should be demonstrated by an educational portfolio in accordance with Section 22 in the Appointment Regulations. 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 shall have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English (see Section 6 of the AR).

Assessment Criteria: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight. Teaching and research qualifications in the field of Global Health, with focus on qualitative research methods will be the prime consideration. Experience of course leadership for courses in qualitative research methods, within the field of global/public health, at bachelor’s or master’s levels is highly desirable. Furthermore, teaching and research qualifications in AI in global health or global health governance is highly desirable. Experience of conducting interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research is highly desirable.

Research expertise refers to research qualifications. In assessing research expertise, research quality research and independence will be the primary consideration.

The scope of the candidate's research, mainly in terms of depth and breadth, will also be considered important. Ability to plan, capacity to obtain research funding on a competitive basis, implement and lead interdisciplinary research projects, using qualitative methods, within global health, and a demonstrated capacity to interact with the community at large will also be given weight.

Teaching expertise refers to educational qualifications. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. Moreover, the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop teaching within qualitative research methods in global health at bachelor’s or master’s level, and the ability to link teaching to research is required. Experience in supervising thesis work at master’s level is an added merit. Teaching expertise also includes a capacity for interaction with colleagues in and outside the University concerning academic teaching issues (AR, Section 22). See also Section 8 of Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruiting and Promoting Teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA).

Assessment criteria, other proficiency: Management expertise and administrative expertise are significant to the position and will be assessed. Furthermore, the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through research and development will be considered.

Management expertise is demonstrated by the ability to lead operations and staff, make decisions, take responsibility and motivate others, providing them with the conditions needed for efficient achievement of shared goals. Expertise may also be demonstrated by an ability to coordinate as well as contribute to creating commitment, participation and job satisfaction as well as ability to handle conflicts make further examples of demonstrated skill.

According to Appointment Regulations (AR, Section 28), administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, by the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work efficiently and appropriate manner, and the ability to specify and keep to time frames. Such expertise includes overall operational planning, the ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities, and the ability to work in a structured manner based on awareness of goals and quality. See also section 9 GA.

In assessing collaboration expertise, experience of and expertise in education and outreach work, editorship and other activities related to knowledge exchange between academia and the wider community, as well as experience of innovation and entrepreneurship, will be given weight. See also section 10 GA.

The applicant's parental leave, part-time work due to childcare or similar will be considered as working experience merits.

When the University appoints new teachers, it must select the applicants who, following a qualitative overall assessment of their 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.

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).

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

During the evaluation of submitted applications, international referees may be used. In this event, the University may need to send applications that are written in Swedish to a qualified translator.

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Guidelines and assessment criteria

Career-portfolio Rules and guidelines 

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 2025-01-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

For further information about the position please Contact; Program Director: Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil, soorej.jose@uu.se.

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 2024/1603
Published 21.May.2024
Last application date 10.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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