Chair in Photon Science with specialisation in Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics

Uppsala (SE)
27 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
10 Jan 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Chair in Photon Science with specialisation in Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

Description of Subject Area: The research program of Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, entails research on matter and processes at the atomic level using advanced spectroscopy in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) and X-ray regimes.

The program is recognized as world leading in the development of X-ray based spectroscopic techniques as exemplified by its development of X-ray and photoelectron spectrometers used world-wide. The division has a leading position in the study of atoms, molecules and condensed matter, both in exploratory investigations on light-matter interactions and in application-driven projects, such as research on functional materials, renewable energy solutions and environmental issues. The program performs pioneering experiments at synchrotron radiation and free-electron laser facilities and has recently constructed a laser-based time-resolved XUV/X-ray source in the femtosecond time regime. Measurements at ambient conditions are also pursued at the division. Currently the most important research tools of the division are provided by the most advanced synchrotron radiation sources, e.g. the MAX IV laboratory. The program has played a central role in the definition of the MAX IV project, and has the ambition to continue in that role. The person recruited as Professor in Photon Science with specialization in Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, is expected to take on a scientific leadership regarding these activities.

Duties: Research and education in photon science and spectroscopy, supervision and teaching at third-cycle level and teaching at first- and second-cycle. Research in the holder’s field of specialisation.  Informing about research and development and participation in the planning of research projects. The holder shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in a wider community significant for the work at the university. The holder shall also be active in seeking external funding. The holder is expected to take on a scientific leadership role in the subject area.

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance the eligibility requirements for employment as professor are expertise in research as well as in teaching.

According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala University research expertise must be demonstrated by independent research work of high international standard. The applicant must demonstrate expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, as well as the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and in addition have a well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community will be assessed on the basis of the quality and scope of his/her academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject.

Requirements for international merits will be assessed on the basis of the character and specific circumstances of the subject. To be eligible for appointment as professor, applicants must have completed teacher training of relevance to university operations, comprising at least ten weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the two first years of employment. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to fully carry out the duties of the appointment.

Scientific excellence in the development and use of X-ray science and X-ray based spectroscopic methods is a primary requirement. The ability to develop and/or apply these methods for studies of electronic structure and dynamics is important. The applicant should be able to act as a link between fundamental and applied research in the scientific fields of the research program.

Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking

Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, with special emphasis on research expertise.

However, a combined consideration of all assessment criteria will be made, so that an applicant with vastly superior teaching expertise can be given a higher ranking than an applicant with somewhat stronger research expertise.

Research expertise comprises research merits including also merits obtained outside the academy such as technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in X-ray based photon science in molecular and condensed matter physics. In assessing research expertise, quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of the research, primarily with regard to depth and breadth, will also be considered to be of significance. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to attract funding for research in competition, as well as a demonstrated capacity to interact both within academia and in the wider community.

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise. Teaching expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside the academy through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc.

In assessing teaching expertise, quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be considered to be of significance. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching within the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise.

Administrative Expertise Administrative expertise is important for the employment and will be afforded consideration. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organise, and prioritise work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

Management Expertise Management expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.

In filling this position the university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative complete assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and contribute to the advancement of the activities.

In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience. Within this category a majority of the employed are men, and we would therefore particularly like to see female applicants for employment.

For further information about the position, please contact
Head of the Department, Professor Olof Karis, phone +46 18 471 3614 and e-mail prefekt@physics.uu.se, Professor Olle Eriksson, phone +46 18 471 3625 e-mail olle.eriksson@physics.uu.se, or Administrative Official Julia Ternhag, email julia.ternhag@uadm.uu.se.

For further information about Uppsala University appointment regulations see http://regler.uu.se/digitalAssets/144/144568_appointment-regulations-for-uppsala-university.pdf

For further information about Faculty appointment regulations see http://www.teknat.uu.se/digitalAssets/395/395576_1guidelines-appointment-promotion-2014-12-03.pdf

You are welcome to submit your application no later than January 10, 2017, UFV-PA 2016/2596.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence

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