Associate Senior Lecturer In High-resolution Spatial Methods
Uppsala University Faculty of Medicine

Associate Senior Lecturer In High-resolution Spatial Methods

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a national centre for large-scale data and hypothesis-driven research in the field of molecular biosciences. SciLifeLab ( is the joint project of four universities: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. SciLifeLab is currently looking for an excellent research group leader to reinforce the Uppsala research environment. The position will be within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, with departmental affiliation decided in conjunction with the appointment.

Description of the field: Analysis of the distribution of various types of biomolecules can provide invaluable insight into the function of biological systems and contribute important diagnostic data. This area of research is currently in a phase of rapid growth, in part due to major mapping studies such as the Human Cell Atlas. New approaches to describing molecular relationships in situ may prove crucial to scientific progress.

Job description: Research, teaching and administration. Duties include the development and application of technologies for high-resolution spatial methods. Duties also include supervising doctoral students in their research projects and participating in first-cycle courses and study programmes at the department. The successful candidate will also be required to follow developments in their own field and any general societal development of significance to work at the University. Administrative tasks and internal and external elected office may arise. The position is intended to lead to the development of an independent research profile. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the University’s long tradition of developing molecular analysis technologies and to strengthen the University’s contribution to SciLifeLab (

Employment period: An appointment as an associate senior lecturer is a six-year career-development position; however, if extraordinary reasons exist, the appointment may be renewed. An associate senior lecturer may apply for promotion. If the associate senior lecturer is deemed suitable and meets the requirements for promotion, he or she shall be promoted and be employed for an indefinite period as a senior lecturer.

Eligibility: According to Chapter 4 Section 4a of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, a person qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer is a person who has been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research expertise. Primary consideration should be given to a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise within five years of the deadline for applications.  

According to § 38 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, teaching expertise in accordance with § 23 of the Appointment Regulations is required. The applicant should have completed five weeks of relevant training in learning and teaching in higher education, or acquired equivalent knowledge by some other means. If it is not possible to acquire this qualification prior to appointment, the prerequisite course in learning and teaching in higher education must be completed during the first two years of employment. 

According to the University’s Appointment Regulations, general qualification requirements for teachers also include the possession of those personal attributes deemed necessary to fulfil the demands of the position.  

The applicant shall have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. If exceptional reasons exist, an applicant who currently lacks the ability to teach in Swedish may be assumed to be able to acquire that ability within two years.

Assessment criteria: In selecting qualified applicants, greater importance will be placed on research expertise than on teaching expertise. Particular importance will be placed on the applicant’s capacity to contribute to the future development of both research and education. In terms of qualifications, it will be deemed useful if the applicant has:

  • experience of working independently and creatively with a focus on high-resolution spatial methods and their applications;
  • good technical competence in the field, relevant to the development of high-resolution spatial methods and cellular localisation methods; and
  • qualified insights into the current state of research into imaging technologies and their applications.

 In the assessment of research expertise, research quality shall be the primary consideration. The scope of research in terms of breadth, depth and relevance to the position will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration shall be given to the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and third-cycle studies and to obtain research funding in competition, as will the ability to interact with others both within academia and the wider community, cf. §§ 20 and 21 of the Appointment Regulations and § 11 of the Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruitment and Promotion within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy.

In the assessment of teaching expertise, quality shall be the primary consideration. Scope, both in terms of breadth and depth, shall also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration shall be given to the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop courses, study programmes and teaching, as well as the ability to relate teaching to current research. Teaching expertise includes the ability to interact with stakeholders within and outside the University on issues related to learning and teaching in higher education, cf. §§ 22, 23 and 38 of the Appointment Regulations and § 12 of the Guidelines and Assessment Criteria.

Administrative expertise is important to the position and will be afforded due consideration. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work in an effective manner adapted to the task at hand, as well as the ability to allot and maintain time frames. Administrative expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a manner that reflects operational priorities, as well as the ability to work in a structured fashion based on set goals and levels of quality, cf. §§ 28 and 29 of the Appointment Regulations and § 13 of the Guidelines and Assessment Criteria.

Management expertise is important to the position and will be afforded due consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the ability to lead operations and staff, make decisions, take responsibility and motivate others and provide them with the prerequisites for effectively achieving common goals. Further examples of demonstrated expertise include the ability to coordinate the group, foster commitment, encourage participation and create job satisfaction, as well as the ability to manage conflicts, cf. §§ 30 and 31 of the Appointment Regulations and § 13 of the Guidelines and Assessment Criteria.

Whenever the University appoints a new teacher, the successful candidate will be the person who, based on a qualitative overall assessment of competence and expertise, is deemed to have the best conditions for carrying out and developing the duties in question and for positively contributing to the development of the organisation.

Parental leave, part-time working due to childcare, elected trade union posts, military service or similar circumstances are considered to be work experience and should be included on your curriculum vitae.

All qualifications should be documented in a manner that allows an assessment of both quality and scope. Personal suitability will be afforded consideration.

Other: The appointment is linked to the SciLifeLab programme, meaning that basic financing is in place of SEK 14 million over six years.

Your application consistsof:
Letter(1page), CV, abriefwrittenaccountofscientific,teachingand administrativeactivity, researchplan(1-2pages),alistofscientificandpedagogicalpublications, doctoraldiploma, certificatesandotherdocumentsrefereedtointheapplication, publicationsinfull text (at most 10).

For guidelines and regulations, see:
Guidelines and assessment criteria for recruiting and promoting teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy

Appointment regulations for Uppsala University

For instructions regarding applications for teaching positions, see:Career-portfolio Rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date:  By agreement.

Type of position: 100%

For further information about the position please contact the dean of the Faculty of medicine Karin Forsberg Nilsson, 070-1679579,

Please submit your application by 11 September 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1826.

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Placement: Faculty of Medicine

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1826

Last application date: 2020-09-11

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