Assistant Professor in Environmental Genomics: Sweden

Stockholm University is a leading European university and one of the world’s top 100 institutes of higher education and research. Stockholm University has more than 60,000 students and 5,000 staff.The Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a national center for large-scale biosciences with a focus on health and environmental research and is a collaboration between Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University. SciLifeLab-Stockholm is located in a new building on the Karolinska Institutet campus. During the first six years, the main workplace for this position will be at the Science for Life Laboratory.

The formal employment will be at either Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant SciencesDepartment of Zoology or Department of Physical Geography.

Subject description
Genomic studies of all kinds of non-human biota and their relationships to the environment, focusing on structure and function of ancient or recent systems.

Qualification requirements
In order to qualify for the position as assistant professor, the applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in Sweden or an equivalent degree from another country. In the first instance, an applicant should be considered who has received such a degree no more than five years before the deadline for applications. However, an applicant who has received such a degree earlier may be considered under special circumstances. All teaching positions at Stockholm University require the ability to collaborate and the general ability and suitability to perform one’s duties.

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Thereafter, attention will be given to the relevance of planned research within the SciLifelab profile. Teaching skills will also be considered. The assessment of research skills will focus primarily on merits within the subject area of the position.

Teaching and learning in higher education
Completed training in teaching and learning in higher education worth at least 7,5 credits, or equivalent knowledge, is an advantage.

Terms of employment
For this position, the assistant professor is employed until further notice, but no longer than six years. The contract may be extended to a maximum of eight years under special circumstances, such as due to sick leave or parental leave. An assistant professor may, on application, be promoted to a permanent position as associate professor. Specific criteria for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor have been established by the Faculty of Science. An application for promotion to associate professor should be submitted to the faculty at least nine months before the appointment as assistant professor expires. During the first six years, the main workplace for this position will be at the Science for Life Laboratory. The formal employment will be at a department at Stockholm University, more precisely at the department that best fits the candidate’s research profile. Assuming a successful promotion to Associate Professor, the main workplace will thereafter be at this department, located at Stockholm University main campus.

During the first six years, the position is funded by strategic grants from the Faculty of Science. Thereafter the position will be funded by the host department.

Additional information
This position (in Swedish, “biträdande lektor”) is a tenure track position, and the qualification requirements and terms of employment are regulated by the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 2017:844). At the time of promotion, the candidate is expected to be able to carry out teaching and administrative duties that require good command of Swedish Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Deputy Dean of the Science Faculty, Professor Ylva Engström, telephone: +46 8 16 41 66,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator Katarina Gustafsson, telephone: +46 8 16 22 92,

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