Professor in Veterinary Public Health (VPH) with emphasis on food safety

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Sep 2023

31 May 2023
Job Information

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Research Field

Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

4 Sep 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
The department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health

The department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is responsible for research and education at basic and advanced levels within the disciplines pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, food safety, virology, bacteriology, parasitology and epizootiology. Read more about our activities and infrastructure here .

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU via the following link . 

Subject Area

Veterinary public health (VPH) is the application of knowledge and insights of food safety (including drinking water), zoonoses, vector-borne diseases and interaction between humans and animals. The subject of food safety include the handling, preparation and storage of food with a view to prevent poisoning and/or disease. The focus is on risk assessment and management of biological hazards in the food chain - from farm including feed, to table.


The holder of the position should within the subject area

  • lead and contribute to developing internationally successful research
  • develop, manage and participate in teaching at basic and advanced level, including doctoral level
  • mainly teach within Veterinary Public Health with emphasis on food safety, but also at other at basic and advanced level, including doctoral level supervise and contribute to laboratory work at the Department
  • develop and maintain national and international networks and collaborations with academia, relevant agencies, industries, organizations and society at large
  • collaborate with other research groups within SLU to strengthen the university's interdisciplinary activities
  • apply for external research funding at national and international level
  • supervise PhD students (and students undergoing residency)
  • actively participate in clinical work and teaching
  • participate in and enhance the strategic development of the department, faculty and SLU
  • distribute research results and other relevant information to society
  • carry out administrative assignments within the department, faculty and university
  • have Swedish as a working language within four years.


The successful applicant shall

  • have a Degree of Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine
  • have Swedish veterinary identification, or be entitled to obtain one upon application in accordance with current applicable legislation, regulations and directives*
  • hold a doctorate and competence as associate professor (docent) or equivalent academic qualifications (in a subject relevant to the position)
  • demonstrate research expertise and be actively conducting research within the subject area
  • have demonstrated the ability to lead and develop a successful internationally recognized research group
  • have a proven ability to obtain external research funding in competition
  • demonstrate teaching expertise and have shown the ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
  • have a good knowledge of English.

*Act (2009:302 ) on activities within animal health care ch. 3. Qualification rules, the Swedish Agency for Agriculture's regulations and general advice on qualifications for animal health personnel (SJVFS 2016:9 ) ch. 2. Qualification as a veterinarian, as well as European Parliament and Council Directive (2005/36/EC ) of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Assessment criteria

Assessment of the applicant’s suitability for employment will primarily be based on the degree to which the candidate possesses the qualifications required for the position. 

The assessment of research expertise will take into account the following

  • completed research initiatives and ongoing research, as well as its relevance and development potential for the faculty and the department
  • ability to independently initiate and conduct successful internationally recognized research
  • ability to obtain external research funding in competition
  • experience as principal supervisor for doctoral students and post-doctoral positions. As a principal supervisor, the candidate must normally have supervised doctoral students throughout their studies, up until they were awarded their degree of doctor.

The assessment of teaching expertise will take into account the following

  • planning, implementation, examination and evaluation of teaching
  • the ability to integrate research and scientific approaches into the pedagogical work
  • supervision and examination at basic and advanced level
  • pedagogic vision and reflection
  • training in teaching in higher education or equivalent knowledge. 

Furthermore, the assessment will consider the applicant’s expertise in

  • developing and managing activities and staff within the academy
  • collaboration with external stakeholders and society at large
  • communicating research and development work
  • internal communication and collaboration
  • experience of work at an competent authority or in trade and industry within the subject area. 

It is advantageous if the applicant has international Veterinary Medicine specialist competence (diplomate) or equivalent competence in a subject relevant to the position.

The position will be offered to the person who, after a qualitative overall assessment, is assessed to be most suitable to carry out and develop the above mentioned duties and to contribute to the positive development of the organization.


This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at

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Form of employment:

Permanent employment

Starting date:

By agreement.


It is desirable that the application is written in English, as the applications will be assessed by experts both in Sweden and abroad.

For the guidance of your application, there is SLU's appointment procedure for teachers at SLU and General assessment criteria for the appointment of teachers, which you can read here .

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Research Field
Medical sciences
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Postal Code
Box 7036, Uppsala

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