Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Do you want to work with research and teaching in cell biology?

The Department of Molecular Biology is now seeking an Associate Professor in the field of cell biology. The successful applicant shall conduct independent research, supervise doctoral students and actively participate in research training within the subject area of cell biology, with an emphasis on biological processes in mammalian cells. The successful applicant shall teach at undergraduate level in cell biology and related subjects. You are welcome to submit your application no later than December 10,

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The employment assignments relate to research and education in the field of cell biology. The successful applicant shall conduct independent research and education at research level within cell biology, and with an emphasis on understanding biological processes in mammalian cells. The successful applicant will also be a representative for the subject of cell biology and teach undergraduate students. Teaching tasks may include the responsibility for teaching, examination, and development of courses in eukaryotic cell biology and pharmacology / toxicology, the supervision and examination of degree thesis projects, and responsibilities at education program level. The successful applicant will even fulfil administrative and organizational tasks within the department and at the Faculty level.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in the Swedish language, he or she is expected to obtain the ability to communicate fluently in spoken Swedish within three years, in order to facilitate participation in administrative education planning within the Faculty.

Eligibility and assessment criteria

According to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance:

A person shall qualify for appointment as Associate Professor if he or she has demonstrated educational expertise and holds a doctorate or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regards to the subject area of the appointment.

Assessment criteria for the employment is first and foremost based upon the extent of scientific and pedagogical merits. Thereafter, the extent of administrative merits and other experiences that are of relevance to the position and its work tasks are assessed. Finally, skills displayed in developing and leading activities and staff at the university, and the ability to interact with surrounding society, and to inform about research and development work are considered.

When assessing the scientific skills, special weight will be placed on independent research efforts in cell biology with an emphasis on understanding biological processes in mammalian cells. Special weight will also be placed on the timeliness, quality and originality of the scientific research efforts. The degree of scientific merit is primarily assessed on the ability to independently plan and lead research and education at research level, where significant weight is placed on scientific work published in internationally recognised peer-reviewed scientific journals, and in which the applicant is able to demonstrate having had a prominent role, and also on the ability to successfully compete for external research funding in (inter)national competition. It is a requirement to possess documented experience of modern molecular biology methods for addressing issues in cell biology with a focus on biological processes in mammalian cells. Applicants are expected to have a research profile that is compatible with the department’s research activities. Applicants with a main research focus on structural biology are given lower priority as such skills and infrastructure are found at other university departments.

Pedagogical skills must relate to the subject area of cell biology at basic, advanced and doctoral level education. Applicants should also be able to teach pharmacology / toxicology at basic level. Documented evidence demonstrating experience in planning, implementation, examination and evaluation of teaching, as well as in research supervision within the subject area is merited.

Administrative skill as well as the capacity to lead and develop activities and staff, must relate to a documented ability to lead and initiate research activities, to interact with other research groups, to perform administrative tasks at departmental and faculty level, and to interact with the surrounding society.

Weighting of the respective assessment criteria

When selecting applicants for the position, the following weighting of the respective merits is applied:

Scientific skills – 70 %, Pedagogical skills – 20 %, Administrative skill and ability to lead and develop activities and staff at the university – 10 %. In addition, the ability to interact with the surrounding society and to inform about research and development work will be taken into account.


Complete application must include:

  • personal cover letter including contact details
  • CV containing academic and professional qualifications
  • publication list
  • description of scientific activities (see instructions in the link below)
  • description of pedagogic activities (see instructions in the link below)
  • summary of your capacity to lead and develop activities and personnel
  • summary documenting engagement with society and popular science activities
  • research plan (maximum of 6 pages), which describes the work to be pursued within the employment
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates and diplomas
  • Copies of a maximum of ten research publications of relevance to the employment, numbered in accordance with the publication list
  • The names of two referees including their contact information

Please follow the instructions in "Criteria for assessment and descriptions of research or artistic expertise, as well as pedagogical expertise, when appointing Professors and Associate Professors"

More information

Details of the employment can be obtained from Professor Jörgen Johansson 090-785 2535 and Professor Maria Fällman 090-78566725,, as well as from the head of the department of Molecular Biology, Professor Anna Berghard 090-785 67 01,

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The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system at the latest December 10, 2019.

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 300 employees and 33 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1539-19
  • Jörgen Johansson, +46 90 785 25 35
  • Maria Fällman, +46 90 785 67 25
  • Anna Berghard, +46 90-785 67 01
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +46 90-786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90-786 54 31
Published 08.Nov.2019
Last application date 10.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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