Assistant Professor in Organic Photochemistry

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 09 Mar 2022

Published: 2022-01-21

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the field of chemistry. The department has more than 250 employees with an annual turnover of 250 million SEK. At the department's six research programs, we conduct research of high international standard. Research in the Synthetic Molecular Chemistry (SMC) program focuses on systems at the interface between molecular inorganic chemistry and small molecule organic chemistry, often including catalysis, photochemistry, electrochemistry and computational chemistry. At SMC, we have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation, and we see continued growth in our subject area. With this announcement, we seek to further strengthen our research portfolio within the area.

Description of subject area of the employment: Organic photochemistry constitutes the area of organic chemistry where light is used to initiate molecular transformations and chemical reactions. Research in the area can be directed towards (i) new molecular scaffolds for photofunctional materials and molecular assemblies, (ii) development of novel and efficient photochemical reactions for formation of valuable organic molecules, and/or (iii) improved understanding of excited state properties and processes of organic molecules. The research can be experimental as well as computational, and involve mixes thereof.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students.
  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.
  • The successful applicant is expected to establish an independent and internationally recognized research profile within Organic Photochemistry.
  • The successful applicant is expected to strengthen the research program’s profile in synthetic organic chemistry, photochemistry and computational chemistry.

Appointment Period: The position can be held for a maximum of six years. An Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to Associate Professor. If the Assistant Professor is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board he/she shall be promoted to and employed as Associate Professor.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry. Applicants who have obtained a PhD degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.
  • Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.
  • Applicants should have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising five weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the first two years of employment.
  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail.
  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, of which weight will be primarily given to research expertise.

Research Expertise comprises research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing research expertise special weight will be given to research merits in organic photochemistry directed towards synthetic organic chemistry and/or physical/computational organic chemistry.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to merits in teaching laboratory classes and/or lectures as well as student supervision on second or third cycle projects.

Administrative Expertise is important for the employment and will be given consideration.

Management Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration.

Other Expertise comprises a proven track record to attract major national grants that facilitate the start of a successful independent research career. This expertise is important and will be given high consideration.

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 holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Further information

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.

University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application

For further information about the position, please contact Sascha Ott (Professor, +46 (0)18 471 7340, or Henrik Ottosson (Assoc. Professor, +46 (0)18 471 7476,

Type of position: Temporary full-time position six years.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Number of positions: 1

Town: Uppsala

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

Scope of employment: 100%

Please submit your application by March 9 2022, UFV-PA 2021/5060.

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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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/5060

Last application date: 2022-03-09

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