Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Uppsala University, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences Sweden

Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


Subject area: Clinical nutrition and metabolism


Description of the subject area: The subject area of the professorship is mainly intended to cover human nutrition and metabolism, particularly the importance of nutrition in the development of disorders and diseases of importance for public health.


Duties: Teaching, research and administration. Teaching includes course responsibility, course administration and supervision of doctoral students. It also includes following developments in the holder’s own subject and the development of society in general.


Qualifications: To be eligible for employment as a professor, the applicant must have shown both research and teaching expertise (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Under 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

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by means of independent research contributions and by the candidate’s work being of consistently high quality by international and national standards. The applicant must have demonstrated proficiency in planning, initiating, leading and developing research; have shown a capacity to obtain research grants on a competitive basis; lead a research group and exhibit well-documented expertise in supervising students at research (third-cycle) level. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scientific community will be assessed according to criteria including quality and scope of academic publications in the publishing channels most relevant to the subject concerned. In assessing the requirements concerning international qualifications, account has to be taken of the nature and specific situation of the subject.


Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise must be demonstrated by educational and teaching qualifications (see § 23 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University). In addition, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A precondition for the applicant being judged to have teaching expertise is completion of teacher training for higher education relevant to the work concerned, comprising at least ten weeks, or corresponding knowledge. If special reasons apply, this academic teacher training may be implemented during the appointee’s first two years of employment. The teacher training must include training in third-cycle supervision.


The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. If special reasons apply, a person who does not have the ability to teach in Swedish, can be expected to acquire this ability within two years.


Assessment criteria: In the appointment to this professorship, weight will be assigned primarily to both research and teaching expertise, with particular emphasis laid on research expertise. Balancing of assessment criteria will nevertheless take place so that an applicant who is judged to be much more skilful in terms of teaching than another applicant who is slightly more skilful in terms of research may be ranked above the latter.


Research expertise

In assessment of research expertise, scholarly quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the applicant’s research, especially in terms of breadth and depth, will also be regarded as important. Further, consideration will be given to the applicant’s ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education in the third cycle; capacity to acquire funding for research in competition; and demonstrated ability to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community. In the assessment of research expertise, research in human nutrition and metabolism will be given particular weight. Experience of both clinical and preclinical research is desirable.


Teaching expertise

In assessment of teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the applicant’s teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be given consideration. Further, weight will be assigned to the applicant’s capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop teaching and instruction, and ability to connect research with teaching on the basis of research in the subject concerned, subject didactics and teaching and learning in higher education. Ability to interact with stakeholders in and outside the University concerning issues of academic teaching and learning is also included in teaching expertise. See also § 4 of RB.

Assessment criteria for other expertise: Management expertise and administrative expertise are important for the appointment and will both be assigned weight. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to communicate information about research and development work will be taken into account.


Management expertise

Management expertise is demonstrated through ability to lead activities and staff, make decisions, assume responsibility, motivate others and provide them with what they require for the effective achievement of common objectives. Ability to coordinate a group and to help generate a sense of commitment, enhance participation and enjoyment of work, and ability to deal with conflicts, are further examples of how expertise is demonstrated. See also § 5 of AR.


Administrative expertise

According to the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, administrative expertise is demonstrated through, for example, the capacity to plan, organise and prioritise work in a manner that is effective and adapted to the purpose, as well as the ability to specify and adhere to time frames. This form of expertise includes overall work planning; ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities; and ability to work in a structured manner and on the basis of an awareness of goals and quality. See also § 5 of RB.


Collaboration expertise

The following applies under § 6 of RB: In the assessment of collaboration expertise, weight is assigned to experience of and expertise in scientific popularisation; editorship and other activities related to knowledge exchange between universities and the surrounding community.


The aspect of gender equality will be applied if, after an all-round qualitative assessment, two applicants of different genders have equivalent or virtually equivalent qualifications.


The applicant’s parental leave, part-time work due to care of children or the like will be taken into account as qualifying work experience.


Uppsala University values the qualities that equal gender distribution/gender parity and diversity bring to its activities. We therefore welcome applicants of all genders and with different birth backgrounds, functional capacity and life experience.

The University's Appointment Regulations and Guidelines for Appointing Teachers are available here


Guidelines and assessment criteria for recruiting and promoting teachers in the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy are available here


Career Portfolios: Instructions for compiling qualifications and guidelines for qualification assessment in connection with recruitment of teachers, adopted by the Disciplinary Domain Board of Medicine and Pharmacy, are available here


Your application should be written in English and you apply via our electronic recruitment system, which you reach via the application button below.


Salary: Individually negotiated salary.


Starting date: As agreed.


Type of position: Permanent full-time position.


For further information about the position, contact the Dean, Professor Eva Tiensuu Janson, phone +46(0)70-1679318 email or the head of department Professor Karin Nordin, phone. +46 18-471 34 87, email


Please submit your application by May 13 2019, UFV-PA 2018/4040.


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Placement: Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4040

Last application date: 2019-05-13

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