Associate Professor in Solid State Physics

Uppsala University Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Associate Professor in Solid State Physics with Specialization in Strongly Correlated Oxide Electron Systems

Published: 2021-09-20

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 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ångström Laboratory provides an innovative and international research environment that can take on technical and societal challenges both now and in the future. The department has 8 divisions including Myfab, our infrastructure for cleanroom based research.

The division of Solid State Physics is part of the department of Materials Science and Engineering. At the division, we perform both basic and application-oriented research related to energy and environmental aspects in different research areas. We investigate physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials and compounds whether it be for smart windows, gas sensors, photocatalytic coatings, spintronics and biomagnetic applications or to create new magnetic materials for environmentally friendly energy technology.

Description of subject area of the employment: The subject area is nanoscale functional materials, in particular, strongly correlated oxide electron systems for energy and environmental applications. The research includes fundamental aspects of the materials with special focus on the magnetic properties, with a clear vision of their use in present-day energy and environmental applications. The subject area implies development and use of bottom-up nanomaterial synthesis techniques, such as sol-gel and solid-state synthesis, characterization of the materials properties using state-of-the-art measurement techniques and use of top-down process methods for manufacturing the materials in nanoscale.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students.

  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

  • Apply for research grants from Swedish and European research foundations to be able to strategically build up a research group within the subject area.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in physics or equivalent scientific competence. 

  • 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 holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

  • Personal capabilities necessary to fully carry out 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, of which weight will be primarily given to research expertise.

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 magnetic materials and strongly correlated oxide electron systems, including studies of these materials in different forms, ranging from bulk to nano, and combining top-down synthesis and bottom-up nanofabrication techniques. Research experience of other quantum systems, such as two-dimensional materials, will be considered a merit.

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community. An international background, experience of conducting research abroad and international research collaboration will also be considered a merit.

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 courses in solid state physics, especially magnetism and nanomaterials.

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.

Administrative Expertise is important for the employment and will be given consideration. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organize and prioritize work in an efficient and task-related manner, as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. Such expertise is demonstrated through the ability to establish and lead collaborations at national and international level. It includes academic as well as industrial collaborations.

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.

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.

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Instructions for application

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Peter Svedlindh, telephone: +46 18 471 3135, email:

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

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

Please submit your application by December 3 2021, UFV-PA 2021/3343.

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Placement: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/3343

Last application date: 2021-12-03

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