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SciLifeLab Fellows position / Assistant Professor in Environmental Genomics

Published: 2018-11-15

Assistant Professor in Environmental Genomics

Stockholm University


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.

Main responsibilities
Research and in addition some teaching and supervision.

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.

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 Stockholm University 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.

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,

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SciLifeLab Fellows program

The SciLifeLab Fellows program is a career program aiming at strengthening Swedish research in Molecular Biosciences and on a long-term perspective lead to societal impact for Sweden. The host universities provide an advantageous economic starting package and together with SciLifeLab a strong interdisciplinary research environment in close proximity to a cutting-edge research infrastructure. The recruitment of excellent researchers in international competition provides an influx of new and fresh knowledge and ideas to drive the development of the SciLifeLab research environment. Moreover, the SciLifeLab Fellows, who both use and develop technologies where SciLifeLab has its excellence, can strengthen both the research and technology development through collaborations with the SciLifeLab research infrastructure.

The SciLifeLab Fellows program and the strong research environment in which the Fellow is active, will increase the opportunities for individual Fellows to attract external research grants. Within the SciLifeLab Fellows program there are also great opportunities for collaboration and networking within SciLifeLab, with the host university and with Fellows from the Wallenberg Centers for Molecular Medicine. The SciLifeLab Fellow will be an important link and ambassador between SciLifeLab and other universities in Sweden as well as abroad.

The SciLifeLab Fellow is recruited by one of the host universities; Karolinska Institutet (KI), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University (SU), Uppsala University (UU).