Professor of Neurophysiology
Uppsala University Department of Neuroscience

Professor of Neurophysiology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 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 has activities at the University Hospital and at Uppsala University Biomedical Center. The position will be placed at the Biomedical Center where the basic scientific disciplines, including physiology, pharmacology cell, developmental & neurobiology are hosted. 

Description of Subject Area: Neurophysiology

Duties: We are looking for a qualified researcher who perform top notch research. The position encompasses research, teaching and administration. The teaching may be at all levels and includes course responsibility, as well as supervision of doctoral students. Duties include research in the applicant’s own subject area and that is relevant to the University. Managerial and organisational duties are included as well as following the developments of the holder’s own subject in relation to development of society in general.

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 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

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by means of independent research contributions and by the candidate’s work being of consistently high quality by international and national standards. The applicant must have demonstrated proficiency in planning, initiating, leading and developing research; have shown a capacity to obtain research grants on a competitive basis; lead a research group and exhibit well-documented expertise in supervising students at research (third-cycle) level. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scientific community will be assessed according to criteria including quality and scope of academic publications in the publishing channels most relevant to the subject concerned. In assessing the requirements concerning international qualifications, account has to be taken of the nature and specific situation of the subject.

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise must be demonstrated by educational and teaching qualifications (see § 23 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University). In addition, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A precondition for the applicant being judged to have teaching expertise is completion of teacher training for higher education relevant to the work concerned, comprising at least ten weeks, or corresponding knowledge. If special reasons apply, this academic teacher training may be implemented during the appointee’s first two years of employment. The teacher training must include training in third-cycle supervision.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. If special reasons apply, a person who does not have the ability to teach in Swedish, can be expected to acquire this ability within two years.

Assessment Criteria: In the appointment to this professorship, weight will be assigned primarily to both research and teaching expertise, with particular emphasis laid on research expertise. Balancing of assessment criteria will nevertheless take place so that an applicant who is judged to be much more skilful in terms of teaching than another applicant who is slightly more skilful in terms of research may be ranked above the latter.  

Research expertise

In assessment of research expertise, scholarly quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the applicant’s research, especially in terms of breadth and depth, will also be regarded as important. Further, consideration will be given to the applicant’s ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education in the third cycle; capacity to acquire funding for research in competition; and demonstrated ability to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

Teaching expertise

In assessment of teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the applicant’s teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be given consideration. Further, weight will be assigned to the applicant’s capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop teaching and instruction, and ability to connect research with teaching on the basis of research in the subject concerned, subject didactics and teaching and learning in higher education. Ability to interact with stakeholders in and outside the University concerning issues of academic teaching and learning is also included in teaching expertise. See also § 4 of RB. 

Assessment criteria; other proficiency: Management expertise and administrative expertise are important for the appointment and will both be assigned weight. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to communicate information about research and development work will be taken into account.

Management expertise

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 § 5 of AR.

Administrative expertise

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 § 5 of RB. 

Collaboration expertise

The following applies under § 6 of RB: In the assessment of collaboration expertise, weight is assigned to experience of and expertise in scientific popularisation; editorship and other activities related to knowledge exchange between universities and the surrounding community.

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

For instructions regarding applications for teaching positions, see: Career-portfolio Rules and guidelines

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

For further information about the position please contact: the Dean, Professor Eva Tiensuu Janson, phone +46(0)70-1679318 email or the head of department Professor Finn Hallböök, phone. +46 18-471 4944, email

Please submit your application by 2 September 2020, UFV-PA 2019/3491

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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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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Neuroscience

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 2019/3491

Last application date: 2020-09-02

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