Professor in Physiotherapy

University of Gothenburg Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology


Professor in Physiotherapy

Ref PAR 2020/1257


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Institute of neuroscience and physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy conducts extensive research and education covering a wide range of knowledge areas. The institute consists of five departments: clinical neuroscience, health and rehabilitation, pharmacology, physiology as well as psychiatry and neurochemistry. The unit of physiotherapy is a part of the department of health and rehabilitation which provides education at undergraduate-, advanced and doctoral level in the subjects of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology. The unit of physiotherapy has a creative research environment with a vision to develop further, and currently has 15 registered PhD-students. With this call, we wish to further strengthen our strong scientific and pedagogical environment within the subject of physiotherapy.  

Subject area


Subject area description

Physiotherapy comprises the knowledge of a human being as a physical, psychological and social entity in the perspective of health based on the life situation at individual level. Central to knowledge is understanding and studies of the body, its movement, function, and interaction with others and the environment, as well as awareness of how the body, movement, habits and life pattern affect human health.

Job assignments

The holder of the position is expected to take an overall responsibility for research and education at research level in the subject of physiotherapy. The employment also involves teaching, both theoretical and clinical, and supervision of students at all levels including post graduate level. The employment involves administrative tasks and may include management assignments within the department or the institute.

The holder of the position is expected to take an active role in promoting a creative research environment for researchers and PhD-students and to advice coworkers when applying for research funding. The holder is expected to follow and pursue development within the subject physiotherapy and to develop collaboration at both national and international levels.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the forms of employment for the University of Gothenburg.

To be eligible for an appointment as professor, the applicant must possess both scientific and pedagogical skills. For this position, the applicant has to be a registered physiotherapist, with documented clinical experience as a physiotherapist.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the forms of employment for the University of Gothenburg.

When assessing the applications, equal importance will be given to scientific and pedagogic skills of importance for the subject.

When assessing scientific skills, a special emphasis will be given to the ability to lead and conduct research at high international and national levels, ability to obtain research funding in national and international competition, as well as to attract PhD-students and co-workers, and provide scientific supervision.

When assessing pedagogic skills, special emphasis will be given to pedagogical skills at undergraduate-, master- and post graduate levels within the subject field.

Good clinical expertise as a physiotherapist, ability to collaborate and interact with the surrounding society, ability to lead personnel as well as administrative ability will be taken into account.


Permament position, full time 100% at the Institute of neuroscience and physiology. Strating in Januray 2022.

Appointment procedure

  • Competence review of the applicant's documents after the closing date
  • Applicants' documents are sent to external experts for assessment
  • The recruitment will be dealt within The Academic Appointments Board of Sahlgrenska Academy
  • The Academic Appointments Board proposes candidates
  • Assessment and recognition of qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education of the proposed candidate's
  • The recruitment is handled by the Vice-Chancellor for a decision

For further information:

Deputy Head of Department Annelie Gutke på 031-786 5747 eller


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applications must follow the layout of the recommendations for the Sahlgrenska Academy for applications for teaching positions.

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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Please note in particular that the following documents must accompany the application:

  • PhD degree (in Swedish or English)
  • License as physiotherapist
  • A maximum of 10 selected scientific publications that the applicant want to refer to (in full text)
  • Other certificates /proof /rating proving applicant's qualifications

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be sent in three copies to:

University of Gothenburg
The Sahlgrenska Academy
Box 400
405 30 Göteborg

The reference number of the application, PAR 2020/1257, should be clearly stated when mailing complementary documents.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: April 29, 2021

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 of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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