Umeå University, Medicinska fakulteten

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.

Project description
The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) at Umeå University has been established as part of a national agenda with the goal of regaining a leading position for Sweden within medical research. The Centre is a collaboration between Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation, Umeå University, Västerbotten County Council, the Kempe Foundations and the Cancer Foundation for Northern Sweden. In this call, the Centre is looking for up to four outstanding researchers – Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows - to be positioned within one or more of the following areas: cancer, infection biology, metabolism/diabetes or neuroscience. The positions are provided with a generous 6-year support package including funding equivalent to two Postdoctoral Associates, two PhD Student recruitments and 6 million SEK for running costs. The successful candidates will be working in strong internationally recognized research environments and have access to excellent local and national research infrastructures including unique collections of longitudinal samples in existing biobanks. 

Work description
The successful candidates will be working in close proximity to established research groups within one or more of the focus areas of cancer, infection biology, metabolic disorders including diabetes or neuroscience. The candidates are expected to initiate and maintain a strong research program complementing on-going research within molecular medicine at Umeå University, and to take active part in collaborative research opportunities and exchange programs within the new network of WCMM centres at Gothenburg, Linköping and Lund Universities as well the Science for Life Laboratories in Stockholm/Uppsala.

To be eligible for the positions, candidates must have a PhD degree completed no more than eight years prior to the deadline for the application, i.e., January 29, 2009, at the latest. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this time could be given equal priority if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical employment, appointment of trust in trade union organizations or similar circumstances. We are seeking outstanding candidates with documented excellent research in fields relevant to molecular medicine. The candidate must have appropriate postdoctoral training outside the university at which the PhD was defended

Assessment criteria and weighting of criteria
The evaluation will be based on all the listed assessment criteria in following order of priority: 1) scientific proficiency, 2) pedagogical abilities, 3) administrative skills, ability to initiate interdisciplinary cooperation, ability to interact with the community and leadership experience.

Tenure track evaluation 
The position is part of Umeå University’s tenure track system, in which an Assistant Professor has the right to apply for promotion to a tenured position as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor. To be eligible for consideration for tenure, the application must be made within six years of taking up the position. If the Assistant Professor is not promoted to tenure, the position will be handled in accordance with existing rules for transition and redundancy.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 4
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1606-16
  • Director of WCMM, Professor Tommy Olsson, 090-785 18 45,
  • Co-Director, Professor Maréne Landström, 090-785 24 58,
  • Associate Dean for Research, Åke Forsberg, 090-785 25 26,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 01.Dec.2016
Last application date 29.Jan.2017 11:59 PM CET

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