Uppsala University – Assistant Professor/Research Fellow in History of Science and Ideas

Location: Sweden
Institution Type: College/University
Position Type: Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor/Research Fellow in History of Science and Ideas
at the Department of History of Science and Ideas. The position is for at least two years, and can be prolonged to four, starting January 1, 2010.

At Uppsala University History of Science and Ideas can look back to a long tradition. The first chair was inaugurated in 1932. Since then the department has expanded enormously and meanwhile an additional chair in History of Science with its own research unit has been established. Currently the Department has 10 teachers/researchers and 10 Ph.D.-students. We have a broad range of research fields, as for example History of Science, History of Philosophy, History of Medicine, Cultural History and Media History. The Department of History of Science and Ideas provides instruction in History of Science and History of ideas. The subject is taught at the undergraduate level, masterslevel and at Ph.D. level. There are about twenty staff members and doctoral students. Swedish is the primary language of instruction and seminars.

Job description: The position comprises research (85 %) and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as dissertation supervision. The applicant is expected to contribute to the development of research in History of Science and Ideas.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the position, the applicant must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree. Priority will be given to those who have received their doctoral degree no more than five years prior to the end of the application period. Pursuant to the Uppsala University Hiring Ordinance, general eligibility for teaching posts includes the broad ability required to carry out the duties of the position in full.

Ability to teach in Swedish or English is required. The successful applicant is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years of accepting the post.

Assessment criteria: In ranking eligible applicants, special attention will be paid to scholarly merits.

In assessing pedagogical skills, attention will be paid to documented experience of the planning, execution and evaluation of teaching, as well as of examination and thesis supervision. More general information can be found in the University’s Guidelines for Recruitment of Faculty, chapter 7, “Guidelines for Qualifications Assessment in Recruiting Teaching Staff”.

In this recruitment procedure, the University will primarily consider the candidate who, following a comprehensive assessment of competence and skills, together with documented qualifications, is judged to be best suited to carry out and further develop the duties and functions of the position and to contribute to the advancement of the subject and the Department.

Documented administrative experience and skills, the ability to co-operate and the capacity to work independently and take personal responsibility are also important qualifications for this post.

Attention will also be paid to the applicants’ ability to interact with the community at large and to inform the public about research and other developments in the field.

The University strives to attain a more balanced gender distribution among its teachers, and therefore encourages women especially to apply for this position.
Application process: Applications must be written in English or Swedish and include the following documents in two hard copies:
– A list of qualifications and positions held, together with attested copies of diplomas, certificates and other documents mentioned.
– A brief summary of scholarship, teaching and other activities. Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that the applicant deems relevant should be indicated in the resume of qualifications and experience.
– A brief description of planned research.
– A list of scholarly and teaching-related works mentioned. The applicant is to select no more than 10 pieces of work that s/he deems most representative or relevant, and provide an explanation for the selection.
– Publications (no more than 10) numbered according to the publications list, as described above.
Information: Information about the position may be provided by Mats Persson, Head of Department, tel +46 18- 471 7949 ([email protected]). The union representatives are Anders Grundstrom, SACO-rodet, tel +46 18-471 5380, Carin Soderhall,TCO/ST, tel +46 18-471 1996, and Stefan Djurstrom, SEKO, tel +46 18-471 3315.
Applications, marked with log number UFV-PA 2009/128, should be directed to the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University should be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University and are to be sent to the Registrar’s office, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala, fax. nr. +46 18-471 20 00 or e-mail [email protected] and should be received no later than March 31, 2009. Fax or e-mail applications must be followed by a signed application within a week of the deadline.

The University’s guidelines for the recruitment of faculty can be found at http://info.uu.se/internt.nsf/regelsamling and www.personalavd.uu.se/anstordning

Contact Info:
UFV-PA 2009/128
Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University
Registrar’s Office
Box 256
SE-751 26 Uppsala, SWEDEN
Fax: +46 18 471 20 00
or e-mail:
[email protected]
Website: http://www.uu.se