Associate Professor in Solid State Electronics with specialization in Biomedical sensor technology

Updated: 10 days ago
Deadline: 03 May 2021

Published: 2021-04-12

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 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international environment with approximately 130 employees at Ångström Laboratory. The Department conducts research and teaching in Electricity, Solid-State Electronics and Signals and Systems.

The research at the Division of Solid-State Electronics has three major focus areas: Electronics for Life-Science and Medical Technologies, Electronics for Renewable Energy and Electronics for Brain-Inspired Computing. The technological base for our research is thin-film technology, semiconductor processing and semiconductor device technology using the in-house state-of-art cleanroom facilities, supported by device and process simulation as well as advanced electrical and optical characterisation. Our research objective is to develop technological solutions, from devices to small systems, for comprehensive analysis of genome, proteome, and transcriptome signatures of individuals, thereby enabling AI assisted predictive diagnosis and preemptive therapy. We strive for innovations such as near-body-network systems, point-of-care electronic sensors and battery-free wearable and medical systems for continuous and real-time health monitoring. Such systems require mechanically flexible and soft devices including electronic and optoelectronic components, supported by thermoelectric or triboelectric/piezoelectric generators. Our research on renewable energy spans from nanophononics and hybrid materials for thermoelectrics to energy-efficient electronics. Finally, we have lately renewed our efforts to harness novel electronic device solutions towards a new computing paradigm.

Description of subject area of the employment: The subject area involves the development of novel bio-analytical and biosensing platform aiming for comprehensive or targeted analysis of biological specimens in order to address fundamental biological questions and to provide next-generation diagnostic solutions. Such systems benefit from having technical expertise in multiple specialisations involving electronics, fluidics, optics as well as material interface and design/characterisation. The research objective within this subject area is to take advantage of the established competence of the division in material design, semiconductor device technology and nanoscale fabrication and to create synergy with fluidics and optics-based technologies.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Teaching in electronics related subject area will be essential. The applicant is expected to lead research in biomedical sensor technology at the department.
  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.
  • The position may include duties to develop clinical contacts as well as multidisciplinary academic network to address emerging challenges in healthcare technology. 

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise in physics, engineering physics or related subject area.
  • 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 must have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising ten 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. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.
  • 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. In addition to academic merits, research merits from other activities, including technology development, may also be taken into account including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. 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 attached to research merits involving electro-fluidic, electrokinetic-based sensor development for both traditional and emerging bio-analytes. Previous experience in optical characterisations of nanostructures and/or optics-based sensing will be valuable as the ability to obtain research funding in the area of biosensing, both individually and through partnerships. Experience in collaboration with medical doctors/clinicians as well as cross-disciplinary research experience will be a strong merit.

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

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 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 undergraduate teaching in electronics and sensor related courses.

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 in respect to research in 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 is important for the employment and will be given high consideration. 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. Administrative experience including departmental duties, international conference organisation, editorial job, etc., will be given consideration. 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. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship

Management Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel such as a research group, make decisions on operations and recruitments, take financial and scientific responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration. Collaborative skills are demonstrated through the ability to initiate and implement collaborative projects preferably in a multidisciplinary area/topic. Strong national and international research networks and particularly collaboration with medical doctors/clinicians are a merit.

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

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Instructions for application

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

Type of employment: Permanent position.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact Professor Shi-Li Zhang, +46 18 4719247, .

Please submit your application by May 3, 2021 UFV-PA 2020/4881.

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Placement: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

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 2020/4881

Last application date: 2021-05-03

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