Associate Professor in Physical Geography

Stockholm University



Associate Professor in Physical Geography with emphasis on Cryospheric Science

Ref. No. SU FV-3349-19



at the Department of Physical Geography. Closing date: 8 January 2020.

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and educates approximately 1000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences and environmental management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics, Climate science and quaternary geology, Environment, resource dynamics and management, Geomorphology and glaciology, and Hydrology, Water resources and permafrost. The chosen candidate will find a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department with high quality research and teaching. 

Tarfala Research Station is a centre for alpine research located in Tarfala Valley in northernmost Sweden. It constitutes a platform for national and international research and education on alpine environments in the natural sciences, social sciences, and multidisciplinary sciences. The station is part of a national infrastructure of field stations (SITES). As such it provides a monitoring program for environmental and climatic changes, with a particular focus on climate, glaciers, and ecosystems. Stockholm University considers Tarfala Research Station an important hub for its communication and collaboration with local communities concerning climate and environmental change.

Physical geography with emphasis on cryospheric science

Subject description
Cryospheric science encompasses studies regarding processes in and properties of snow, ice, and running water in glacial environments and their links to climate, landforms, and landscapes.

Main responsibilities
Research, teaching, and supervision.

The position also includes being the manager of the Tarfala Research Station (c. 50% time). This includes providing scientific leadership and assuming a responsibility for the management of the station and its staff.

Qualification requirements
In order to qualify for the position as associate professor, the applicant must have demonstrated good teaching skills and have a doctoral degree, or equivalent research expertise, of relevance to the subject area and the main responsibilities of the position. 

All teaching positions at Stockholm University require the ability to collaborate and the general ability and suitability to perform one’s duties.

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research and teaching skills. The assessment of research skills will focus primarily on merits within the subject area of the position.

Additional attention will be given to

  • Leadership skills regarding fieldwork in polar/alpine environments, particularly with respect to logistical, operative, and safety aspects.
  • Skill in developing and managing workplace and workforce
  • Administrative skills

Teaching and learning in higher education
Completed training in teaching and learning in higher education, or equivalent knowledge, is an advantage. An applicant who has not completed at least 15 credits of teaching and learning in higher education and is not considered to have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge should undergo such training within the first two years of employment.

Additional information
The Tarfala research station manager must be able to provide close contacts with local stakeholders and have knowledge of regulations relevant to the station, such as those pertaining to safety aspects. The station manager is therefore required to acquire a good command of Swedish within two years.

This position, in Swedish "universitetslektor", is a tenured position approximately equivalent to Senior Lecturer (UK) or Associate Professor (US). 

Female applicants are particularly welcome, as most associate professors at the department are men.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Clas Hättestrand, Chairman of the Tarfala Board, and from Professor Regina Lindborg, telephone +46 8 16 47 68,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator Katarina Gustafsson, telephone: +46 8 16 22 92,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. 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.

We would appreciate it if your application is written in English. Since it will be examined by international experts, English is the working language.

The University’s rules of employment and instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants. The specific criteria for assessment of research and teaching skills within the Faculty of Science are available at: Guidelines – Employment.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 08/01/2020


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