Full Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
University of Gothenburg Faculty of Science

Full Professor in Medicinal Chemistry

Diary id:PAR 2019/1253
Employment level:Open ended
Location:Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Apply by:2020-02-15

The research groups working with medicinal chemistry at the University of Gothenburg are conducting very successful international research on the synthesis and characterisation of compounds with potential biological activity. They are co-localised with research groups in organic chemistry with good access to state-of-the-art equipment in modern laboratories. The position as Full Professor will include research and education in medicinal chemistry, which will contribute to the long-term strengthening of the existing activities within the area.

In the present announcement, we are searching for candidates with expertise and outstanding scientific credentials in medicinal chemistry. The position will be provided with a generous support package including funding for PhD students as well as support for expenditure.

The University of Gothenburg is mobilising in the area of life sciences—a modern building for research and education is planned to be completed by the year 2021. The building that will bring together several departments at the Faculty of Science will be located directly in connection to the medical faculty, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Nearby, you find Sahlgrenska Core facilities with important infrastructure platforms as well as the Swedish NMR Centre with 900, 800 and several 600 MHz instruments. In addition, we have extensive collaborations with AstraZeneca R&D in Mölndal.

Like most Scandinavian countries, Sweden provides a high quality of life with generous vacation leave and national health care. Like all employers in Sweden, we offer 480 days of parental leave, free to take by the mother and/or the father anytime until the child is 12 years old. Families in Sweden are guaranteed day care positions within 4 months of registering and education is free. The university is located within Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, with an outstanding public transportation system and lively international culture.

Subject area

Medicinal chemistry

Subject area description

The research programme within the framework of the announced position should be complementary to and strengthen the existing activities in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Thus, the research activities within medicinal chemistry should be oriented towards the design and synthesis of bioactive compounds.

Job assignments

The job assignments include developing a strong research programme as well as establishing and leading an independent research group within medicinal chemistry oriented towards the design and synthesis of bioactive compounds. To establish your group, you are expected to apply actively for research funding from national and international research funding organisations.

The job assignments include planning and performing teaching within medicinal chemistry in postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate programmes. The teaching includes lectures, exercises, experiments and examinations in several courses as well as the supervision of doctoral and undergraduate students. To some extent, teaching in organic chemistry may be part of the job assignment.

Management assignments and administrative duties both within and outside the department and at the pharmacy and prescriptionist programmes may be part of the work. Collaboration with the surrounding community is also included in job assignments.

If you have no formal university-level teacher training, you are expected to participate in courses for higher education teaching provided by the university within two years of hiring.

You are expected to teach in Swedish within two years. The university offers courses to learn Swedish as a second language.


The general qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg. A PhD degree or equivalent foreign degree in a subject area relevant to the position is a requirement. Ability to teach in Swedish or English is also a requirement.




Assessment of the applications will be based primarily on scientific merit and secondarily on pedagogical merit; both will be carefully assessed.

When assessing research expertise, emphasis will be placed on research expertise in medicinal chemistry oriented towards the design and synthesis of bioactive compounds. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to renew the research area. The assessment will be based on publications in leading international journals, where quality and impact are given more weight than total production. Documented success in obtaining external funding from national and international funding agencies is meritorious. The assessment will also take into account how the applicant plans to collaborate with research groups within and outside the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology.

When assessing teaching expertise, emphasis will be placed on well-documented pedagogical experience as well as the ability to plan, perform and lead teaching and supervise students. Emphasis will also be placed on the ability of pedagogical rethinking and development of teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Documented administrative merit, leadership, including the ability to lead and develop personnel, as well as ability to interact and collaborate with the surrounding community are also meritorious.

The overall assessment of the applicants will take into account expertise and potential for development, ability to carry out the duties of the position, co-operate with others and contribute to a positive development of the department.


Type of employment: Permanent position

Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As soon as possible, as agreed

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by external experts, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of leave of absence should be specified in the application.

For further information

Regarding the position, please contact:

Markus Tamas, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
+46 31 786 2548


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Together with your application, the following should be attached:

  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and a record of research grants received (with 
  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivated list of 10 of your scientific publications. Describe your part of the work for each of the selected publications.
  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages).
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of your teaching experience and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy.
  • Description of experience of leadership, administration and co-operation with the surrounding community.
  • Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum 10 publications).
  • Certificates and other documents to be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement and that it is submitted before the deadline. All qualifications must be documented so that both quality and scope can be assessed. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed (three copies) to:

Faculty Office for Science
Attn: Lärarförslagsnämnden
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 15 January 2020

Additional information

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Therefore, to give a general idea of what we, and Gothenburg, have to offer in terms of benefits and of life in general, please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/about/career. For example, we offer 480 days of parental leave, free to be taken by the parents anytime until the child is 12 years old, and families in Sweden are guaranteed daycare positions within four months of registering. For more information about the Faculty of Science, please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/. We can offer relocation services.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision on employment has become final. Applications from the person employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned. 


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