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Associate professor Job in Ecology – Umea, Sweden 2022

Sweden, Umeå University (UMU)

The Department of Ecology and Environmental and Earth Science seeks Associate professor in Ecology at the Umea University, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: Associate professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

‎Department of Ecology, Environment and Earth Sciences‎
Umeå University (UMU)
Umea, Sweden

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Qualification Details

According to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education OrdinanceAn applicant qualifies for appointment as an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer if she/he has demonstrated educational expertise and holds a doctorate or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regards to the subject area of the appointment, and the work description.

Excellent level of proficiency in both spoken and written English is a requirement.

Assessment criteria and their weight

The assessment criteria for appointment as a associate professor/senior lecturer shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of scientific expertise.

In the selection of candidates, the merits will be weighted according to the following criteria: Scientific expertise (2); Pedagogical skills (2); Administrative and other skills relevant to the duties included in the employment (1).

Scientific expertise

Scientific expertise shall be demonstrated through independent scientific productivity. The criteria for assessment are:

  • breadth and depth of research – quality and scope
  • originality of research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • assignments within the research community
  • the ability to competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

The scientific expertise must relate to the subject area of Ecology.

Pedagogical expertise

The pedagogical expertise for employment as associate professor should be demonstrated by documented experience of teaching with scientific foundation at university level. The criteria for evaluation are:

  • an ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
  • an ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • a reflective approach to student learning and one’s own role as a teacher

Pedagogical expertise can be attained through education in university pedagogy, other education of relevance for teaching at a university level or documented and proven experience teaching at the university level.

Pedagogical skills must refer to the subject area of Ecology with a focus on terrestrial ecology, species identification and systematics of plants and fungi, and conservation. Documented experience of other teaching in biology and supervision of degree projects are meriting. Documented pedagogical education for higher education is also a merit.

Further qualifications

Administrative skills should refer to the ability to develop and lead activities and staff at the university as well as the ability to create collaboration between research and education at all levels. Well-documented ability to lead, organize and develop teaching or research activities is an advantage. The applicant should have a documented ability to work, communicate and collaborate within the academy in a flexible way and collaborate with society. It is of great importance that the applicant has a good ability to cooperate, and shows initiative and a high degree of independence.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The applicant is expected to conduct research and teach in our courses within the field of Ecology (courses with a focus on terrestrial ecology, species identification and systematics of plants and fungi, and conservation). The applicant is expected to conduct research related to the department's research activities in the field of Ecology. Supervision of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows can be included in the tasks. The teaching duties include teaching and course development work at both undergraduate and advanced level as well as supervision and examination of degree projects.

During an initial period of 3 years, the position will include 50% research and 50% teaching. After this initial period, the distribution between research and teaching may change.

The employment requires the ability to teach in Swedish. Anyone who does not have that ability at the time of employment is expected to acquire it within two years from the date of employment.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: AN 2.2.1-1921-21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The application should preferably be written in English, and include the following items:

  1. A personal cover letter, including contact details, where you briefly describe how you meet the specified requirements (max 2 pages)
  2. Certified copies of relevant university degrees and diplomas
  3. Copies of five research publications relevant to the position, numbered according to the publication list
  4. Attachments to a pedagogical portfolio (see p. 3.5 in Umu Application template)
  5. CV/Umu Application templateFill in the required application template (word). Submit it attached to your application in the Varbi system as your CV. Following information must be provided in the application template:
    • basic information
    • an account of research experience (including a list of articles published and a brief research plan)
    • an account of pedagogical experience and activities
    • an account of experiences of developing and managing activities and staff
    • an account of experiences regarding interacting with the surrounding society and popularizing science
    • references, including contact details

See instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe scientific and educational activities (pdf)

Applications should be made via e-recruitment system Varbi and be received no later than 2022-02-28.

About the Department of Ecology and Environmental Earth Science

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science currently has 140 employees. The department's main duties are undergraduate education, research and collaboration with the surrounding society. The research is conducted in the subject areas ecology, environmental sciences, and earth science. In total, the department is responsible for 320 full-time students in undergraduate education in biology, ecology, earth science, environmental science and environmental health. We are now inviting applicants for a position as an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Ecology who has research and teaching experience in the subject area. Last day to apply is February 28, 2022

About the Employer: Umeå University (UMU)

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Contact details

Jon Moen, Head of department, 090-786 96 47

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