Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The position as Associate Professor in Biology with a specialization in Plat Physiology will be located at the Department of Organismal Biology. The Department of Organismal Biology teaches and explores the evolution, development and function on the organismal level. For more information,The selected candidate for the position will have the opportunity to use the climate-controlled greenhouse on campus and the large number of advanced technology platforms offered in the region by SciLifeLab

Description of subject area of the employment
The subject area includes experimental and functional studies of molecular mechanisms, which form the basis for physiological processes or developmental processes in plants. Over the past decade, physiological research has developed strongly, e.g. using the extensive use of new techniques for the analysis of single cells and tissues. This provides opportunities to understand in detail how tissue-specific gene regulation and cell-cell communication together coordinate developmental pathways and cell behaviors, which then form the basis for the plant’s development and function.

By gaining detailed knowledge of how molecular reactions and biochemical processes are regulated in time and space, it is possible to gain an increased knowledge of how external factors such as different environmental factors can affect the plant and its adaptation to different environments and environmental changes.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of PhD students.
  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

Qualifications Required

  • PhD
  • Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.
  • Applicants must have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising 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 of employment.
  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The candidate is expected to be able to teach Swedish within two years.
  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required
The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight.

Research Expertise comprises research merits. In addition to academic merits, research merits from other activities, including technology development, may also be taken into account including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in in experimental research on Plant Physiology and Evolutionary Biology at the molecular, cellular and organism levels.

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education in the third cycle, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community. The ability to acquire funding for research in competition will be afforded high consideration.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside the academy through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc. In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to merits in teaching in the field of Plant Physiology and Cell Biology

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and 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.

In selection among eligible applicants, great emphasis will be placed primarily on scientific and pedagogical skills but also on collaboration skills and management skills. The applicant must show great commitment to both teaching and research.

Management Expertiseis important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Collaborative expertise is demonstrated by the ability and skill of planning, organizing and implementing interaction with the surrounding community. Popular publications, public debate and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaboration are patent applications, commercialization and industrial cooperation. The ability to translate knowledge sharing with the surrounding community into activities of importance to the education’s development and quality is part of the collaboration expertise.

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

In filling this position the university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Further information
In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Johan Ledin, e-mail: johan.ledin@scilifelab.uu.se

Type of position: Permanent full-time position, probationary period may be applied.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 2023-01-01 or as otherwise agreed

Please submit your application by September 15 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2408.

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

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Organismal Biology

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: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2408

Last application date: 2022-09-15 Apply for position

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