Senior Lecturer in Prokaryotic Microbiology

University of Gothenburg Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Sweden

Senior Lecturer in Prokaryotic Microbiology

Ref PAR 2021/156

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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.

Senior lecturer in prokaryotic microbiology

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49.000 students and 6.400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programs attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In the present announcement, we are searching for candidates with expertise and good scientific credentials in prokaryotic microbiology directed towards genetics, cellular or molecular biology for a permanent position as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor). The position is accompanied with a starter package including funding for group members as postdoctoral associate and/or PhD student as well as support for expenditures. The successful candidate will be given the possibility to develop their full potential as a leading independent scientist in a flourishing academic environment.

The position is located at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology (CMB; https://www.gu.se/en/chemistry-molecular-biology) at the Faculty of Science. CMB conducts research and education of highest quality in three main fields: biomolecular sciences, environmental sciences, and fundamental chemical sciences. Research at the department is strongly focused on basic science and covers a wide scientific spectrum from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. Much of the phenomena studied illustrate the chemical and biological interplay between molecules in our natural environment as well as in living systems. The department comprises about 40 academic staff and 85 postgraduate/PhD students. CMB is responsible for the undergraduate programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic- and medicinal chemistry, as well as the bachelor program in pharmacy.

The position as senior lecturer in prokaryotic microbiology, advertised here, will contribute to the long-term strengthening of the existing activities within the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology (https://www.gu.se/en/chemistry-molecular-biology/our-research/molecular-and-cellular-biology). The division of Molecular and Cellular Biology studies molecules and cells in order to improve human health and the environment. Our research groups have many fruitful interdisciplinary interactions with chemists, bioinformaticians, clinicians and biomedical companies and are at the heart of life sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Our researchers combine genetic and molecular tools, such as genetic engineering and screening, with computational approaches to understand yeast, bacterial, worm, mouse and human cells.

The University of Gothenburg is mobilizing in the area of life sciences and a modern building for research and education is planned to be completed by the year 2023. The building will bring together several departments at the Faculty of Science and will be located in direct connection to the medical faculty Sahlgrenska Academy and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. In the immediate vicinity are also the Core facilities (https://www.gu.se/en/core-facilities) that gather important infrastructure and the Swedish NMR center (https://www.gu.se/en/nmr). CMB has extensive collaborations with AstraZencea R&D in Mölndal. Many of the researchers at the department are also members of the center for antibiotics resistance research (CARe; https://www.gu.se/en/care), which promotes cross-disciplinary research in antibiotics resistance.

Like most Scandinavian countries, Sweden provides a high quality of life with generous vacation leave and national health care. Like all employers in Sweden, we offer 480 days of parental leave, free to take by the mother and/or the father anytime until the child is 12 years old. Families in Sweden are guaranteed day care positions within 4 months of registering and education is free. The university is located within Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, with an outstanding public transportation system, lively international culture and closeness to the sea and nature.

Subject area

Prokaryotic microbiology

Subject area description

The research program within the framework of the announced position must be complementary to and strengthen the existing activities in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Thus, the research activities within prokaryotic microbiology must be oriented towards genetics, cellular and molecular biology. We also welcome applicants with a cross-disciplinary profile that combines experimental and computational microbiology.

Job assignments

The successful candidate is expected to initiate a competitive research program and start or further develop an independent line of research within prokaryotic microbiology directed towards genetics, cellular or molecular biology. The successful candidate is expected to actively apply for external funding from national and international funding sources. The job assignments include planning and performing teaching within prokaryotic microbiology in postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate programs. The teaching includes lectures, exercises and examinations as well as the supervision of doctoral and undergraduate students. To some extent, teaching in genetics, cellular or molecular biology in a broader context is part of the job assignment. Management assignments and administrative duties both within and outside the department could be part of the assignments. Outreach to the surrounding community is also included in the job assignments. Candidates without university-level pedagogic training should participate in pedagogy courses for higher education within two years of hiring. You are expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years. The university offers courses to learn Swedish as a second language.

Eligibility

The general qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg. A PhD degree or equivalent foreign degree in a subject area relevant to the position is a requirement. Ability to teach in Swedish or English is also a requirement.

Assessment

Assessment of the applications will be based primarily on scientific merits and secondarily on pedagogical and administrative merits and skills. All aspects will be carefully assessed.

When assessing scientific proficiency, particular emphasis will be placed on the level of independently performed research in prokaryotic microbiology directed towards genetics, cellular or molecular biology. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to renew the research area. The scientific assessment will be based on publications in leading international journals, where quality and impact are given more weight than total production. Favourable consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in attracting external funding in national or international competition. Scientific proficiency is also assessed through the scientific quality of the submitted research program and proven ability to develop and lead research activities with relevance to the present employment. The assessment will also take into account how the applicant plans to collaborate with research groups within and outside the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Furthermore, at the time of the interview, the applicant's personal suitability and the plan to start/further develop their own research group and to interact with ongoing research at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology will weigh heavily in the weighted assessment.

When assessing pedagogical proficiency, particular emphasis will be placed on well-documented pedagogical experience of planning, performing and leading teaching, particularly in prokaryotic microbiology directed towards genetics, cellular and molecular biology. Favourable consideration will be given to documented ability to supervise students at undergraduate and post graduate program level in these areas. Emphasis will also be placed on the ability of pedagogical rethinking and development of teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels. Documented administrative merit, leadership, including the ability to lead and develop personnel, as well as ability to interact and collaborate with the surrounding community are also meritorious.

For employment as senior lecturer, the applicant must be selected who, after an overall assessment of skill and development potential, is judged to have the best ability to carry out the tasks included in the employment, collaborate with other staff and contribute to a positive development of the department.

Employment

Type of employment: Permanent position

Extent: 100%

Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

First day of employment: As soon as possible, as agreed

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by external experts, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of leave of absence should be specified in the application.

For further information

Regarding the position, please contact:

Markus Tamas, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

+46 31 786 2548

markus.tamas@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/unionrepresentatives

How to apply

To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Together with your application, the following should be attached:

 CV, including a complete list of publications, and a record of research grants received (with amounts).

  • Description of scientific expertise and a motivated list of 10 selected scientific publications. Describe your part of the work for each of the selected publications.
  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages).
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of your teaching experience and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include a pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy.
  • Description of experience of leadership, administration and co-operation with the surrounding community.
  • Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum 10 publications).
  • Certificates and other documents to be considered.

 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. All qualifications must be documented so that both quality and scope can be assessed. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed (three copies) to: Faculty Office for Science, Attn: The Academic Appointments Board, University of Gothenburg, Box 460, S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

The application should be written in English.

 Closing date: 2021-06-06 

Additional information

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Therefore, to give a general idea of what we, and Gothenburg, have to offer in terms of benefits and of life in general, please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/about/career. For example, we offer 480 days of parental leave, free to be taken by the parents anytime until the child is 12 years old, and families in Sweden are guaranteed daycare positions within four months of registering. For more information about the Faculty of Science, please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/. We can offer relocation services.

 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 on employment has become final. Applications from the person 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.

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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