Uppsala University, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Läkemedelssäkerhet och toxikologi

The Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences is an interdisciplinary environment in which researchers in 10 research domains work to develop better pharmaceuticals and contribute to a healthier world. As the only pharmaceutical faculty in Sweden and with laboratories in the heart of Uppsala Biomedical Centre (BMC), we are a vital engine powering the development of education and research in the pharmaceutical sciences. For further information about the department and its activities, please visit https://www.uu.se/en/department/pharmaceutical-biosciences.

Subject area

Toxicology is a highly topical subject given the myriad and continually increasing number of chemicals and other substances we are exposed to. Toxicology is highly relevant to many areas of society, including sectors dealing with environmental and occupational health risks and the negative health impact of food additives and drug side-effects. These days, we are also exposed to more and more combinations of chemicals, making this a growing field in the subject of toxicology. Uppsala University has a strong tradition in the subject of toxicology and our close proximity to government agencies such as the Swedish Food Agency and Swedish Medical Products Agency ensures that the subject is supported outside the University. Pharmaceutical toxicology is the main focus in the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy. This is to ensure that drugs are as safe as possible. Experimental model systems are especially important if we are to predict the negative effects of drug use and for studying the mechanisms of action underlying various types of side-effects.


The successful candidate will be expected to lead and develop research and education in the subject toxicology. This includes operational and staff responsibility, as well as teaching in the first, second and third cycles. The position entails leading an active research group focused on experimental toxicology. It may also involve departmental and faculty-wide duties of an administrative and managerial nature. Research expertise shall have been demonstrated by conducting autonomous research activities and by the applicant’s qualifications being of high quality from an international perspective. Duties also include informing about research and development work. The successful candidate will also be expected to stay abreast of developments within their own subject area and societal developments in general that may be significant to their work at the University.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertises is considered qualified for employment as a professor (Chapter 4, Section 3, Higher Education Ordinance). According to Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AR), a general requirement is that the personal qualities are suitable to perform the duties well (Section 5 AR).

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a high international standard. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading and developing research, have demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community will be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality and scope of their academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject. See AR Section 31.

Teaching expertise must have been demonstrated by qualifications in education and teaching. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A prerequisite for having demonstrated teaching expertise is that applicants have completed teacher training for higher education 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 employment. The teacher training must also include third cycle supervision. See AR Sections 22 and 32.

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

Assessment criteria

When choosing between qualified applicants, the primary consideration will be research expertise and then teaching expertise. A balanced assessment will however be made so that an applicant with considerably more advanced teaching expertise may be ranked above an applicant with a slight advantage in terms of research expertise. When assessing research expertise particular weight will be given to research qualifications in the field of experimental toxicology, and particularly experience of working with toxicological model systems based on, for example, cell lines or experimental animal models with a pharmaceutical focus.

In assessing research expertise, research quality is the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and research 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. See also Section 3 of Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruiting and Promoting Teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA) and Section 20 AR.

In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality is the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop teaching 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. See also Section 4 GA and Section 22 AR.

Assessment criteria, other expertise

Administrative and leadership expertise are significant to the position and will be assigned importance. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to inform the public about research and development will be considered.

Leadership expertise is demonstrated through the ability to lead operations and employees, make decisions, assume responsibility and motivate and provide others with the conditions necessary to attain common goals. The ability to coordinate the group and contribute to generating commitment, participation and job satisfaction and the ability to manage conflicts are further examples of demonstrated expertise. See Sections 29-30 AR and Section 5 GA.

According to the Appointment Regulations, administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organize and prioritize 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. See Sections 27-28 AR and Section 5 GA.

Collaborative expertise is significant to the position and will be assigned weight. According to Section 6 GA, the following apply: When assessing collaborative expertise, experience with and expertise in education and outreach, editorships and other activities related to knowledge exchange between the University and the surrounding community, as well as experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, shall be of significance.

The applicant’s parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, or the like, will be regarded as qualifying work experience. See Section 94 AR.

When the University appoints new professors, those applicants must be selected who, following qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations. See Section 4 AR.

The gender-equality aspect must be applied in an appointment if it is determined following a qualitative assessment that two applicants of different gender have equal or approximately equal qualifications and if either gender is under-represented (comprises less than 40% within the relevant category of posts and in the relevant workplace).

All qualifications must be documented so that both quality and degree can be assessed. 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.

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

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Guidelines and assessment criteria for recruiting and promoting teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy

Career portfolios - Instructions for compiling qualifications and guidelines for qualifications assessment in connection with recruitment of teachers

About the position
Permanent position, full time. Employment will start as agreed. The position is located in Uppsala. You are welcome to apply no later than 17 June 2024, UFV-PA 2024/961.

For more information about the position, please contact: the dean Mathias Hallberg, 018-471 41 41, mathias.hallberg@uu.se or the head of department Ola Söderberg, 018-471 4529, ola.soderberg@uu.se.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2024/961
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-S-föreningen, saco-s@uu.se
Published 13.May.2024
Last application date 17.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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