Professor of Neurology
Uppsala University Department of Neuroscience

Professor of neurology combined with employment as a specialist physician at Uppsala University Hospital

Published: 2021-01-21

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.

More than 350 teachers, doctors, researchers and doctoral students work at the Department of Neuroscience in both clinical and basic scientific disciplines.The Department carries out activities at both Uppsala University Hospital and the Biomedical Centre.

Description of the subject area: Neurology.

Duties: We are seeking a researcher and physician to further develop neurology at the Department of Neuroscience with commitment and energy. The role includes overall responsibility for research and third-cycle education in the subject area and further development of the same. Duties also include teaching and supervision at all levels. As well as managerial and organisational duties, the role includes research and education in collaboration with national and international networks. Duties furthermore include clinical service as a specialist physician at Uppsala University Hospital. Driving development in your subject area and contributing by that means to the development of clinical activities in neurology will be required. Duties also include monitoring developments in your subject area and social developments otherwise that are material to the work of Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital.

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for employment as a professor, the applicant must have shown both research and teaching expertise (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Under Section 5 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AR), having the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well is a general eligibility requirement for teachers.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a high international and national standard. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, have demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community must be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality and scope of their academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject.

Teaching expertise must have been demonstrated by educational and teaching qualifications (see Section 23 AR). Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A prerequisite for having demonstrated teaching expertise is that applicants have completed teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least 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. The teacher training must include third cycle supervision.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. If special circumstances apply, applicants who are unable to teach in Swedish are expected to acquire this ability within two years.

Applicants for this position must hold a degree of Master of Science in Medicine and specialist expertise in neurology. If the applicant is not entered onto the Swedish Specialist Register they must have submitted an application for entry onto the Swedish Specialist Register (neurology) to the National Board of Health and Welfare by the application deadline for the relevant position. The applicant must, however, have obtained Swedish registration as a specialist in neurology by the date the employment decision is made.

If the person offered the position also meets Uppsala University Hospital’s requirements for employment as a consultant, the applicant will be offered employment combined with the position of consultant.

Assessment criteria: Weight will be assigned to both research expertise and teaching expertise in connection with the appointment of this professorship, where particular importance will be assigned to research expertise. The assessment criteria will however be co-weighted such that an applicant assessed as having much greater teaching expertise than an applicant who has slightly greater research expertise may be ranked ahead of the latter. Equally great care will be devoted to examination of teaching expertise and research expertise. Clinical expertise is also significant to the position and will be assigned substantial weight. 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. 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. See also Section 3 of Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruiting and Promoting Teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA).

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. 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. See also section 4 GA.

Clinical expertise is significant to the position and will be assigned substantial weight. Clinical expertise is demonstrated through clinical work and clinical training as well as participation in clinical developmental work. Among other things, clinical developmental work involves efforts to improve or rationalise health care and medical care.

When the University appoints new teachers those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties at the Department of Neuroscience and to help advance operations.

Assessment criteria, other expertise: Administrative and management expertise are also significant to the position and will be assigned weight. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to communicate information about research and development work will also be taken into account.

Management expertise is demonstrated through ability to lead activities and staff, make decisions, assume responsibility, motivate others and provide them with what they require for the effective achievement of common objectives. Ability to coordinate a group and to help generate a sense of commitment, enhance participation and enjoyment of work, and ability to deal with conflicts, are further examples of how expertise is demonstrated. See also section 5 GA.

According to the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, administrative expertise is demonstrated through, for example, the capacity to plan, organise and prioritise work in a manner that is effective and adapted to the purpose, as well as the ability to specify and adhere to time frames. This form of expertise includes overall work planning; ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities; and ability to work in a structured manner and on the basis of an awareness of goals and quality. See also section 5 GA.

The following applies under section 6 GA: When assessing collaborative expertise, experience with and expertise in education and outreach, editorships and other activities related to knowledge exchange between the University and the surrounding community, as well as experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, shall be of significance.

The aspect of gender equality will be applied if, after an all-round qualitative assessment, two applicants of different genders have equivalent or virtually equivalent qualifications.

The applicant’s parental leave, part-time work due to care of children or the like will be taken into account as qualifying work experience.

Guidelines and assessment criteria

Refer to the following instructions for applications for teaching positions: Career-portfolio Rules and guidelines and Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University  

Salary: Salary will be set individually.  

Starting date: As agreed. 

Form of employment: Permanent employment.

Scope of the position: 100 %

For further information about the position, contact Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Karin Forsberg Nilsson, tel: +46 (0)18 471 41 58, email or Head of Department Professor Finn Hallböök, tel: +46 (0)18 471 49 44, email

We welcome your application no later than 5 April 2021, UFV-PA 2020/2493.

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

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Placement: Department of Neuroscience

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/2493

Last application date: 2021-04-05

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