Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 17 Apr 2023

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The Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Science is one of five academic departments at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The Department makes significant contributions to the BSc degree programs in biology, biomedical analysis, health science, nutrition and food science, pharmacy, and teacher education, and the MSc in chemistry program. The Department’s research activities span across the sub-disciplines of chemistry and the biomedical sciences. The faculty has offered PhD training in Chemistry since 1999. The ongoing research in organic chemistry includes aspects of bioorganic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry, and their applications in biotechnology, chemical catalysis, chemical ecology, ecological chemistry, food chemistry, materials chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. The ongoing organic chemistry research involves national and international collaborators, from both academia and industry.

The broader research environment includes the Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry, and seven Knowledge Environments, thematic virtual organizations integrating research, teaching, and external collaborations over faculty boundaries. In this context, three have strong chemistry connections: Advanced Materials, Green Sustainable Development, and Water. The Centre and Environments were established by the University Board to facilitate the achievement of the University’s strategic goals.

Field of subject for the appointment: Organic Chemistry
Placement city: Kalmar, work at campus Växjö may be required.
Scope of appointment: Permanent, 100%

Job description
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Science is seeking an outstanding senior lecturer in the field of organic chemistry.

The position entails the teaching, supervision, and examination of bachelor, and advanced-level students in organic chemistry and cognate disciplines, and the supervision of PhD students. The undergraduate teaching is primarily in the biomedical analyst, nutrition and food science, and pharmacy BSc-level programs, and within the MSc in chemistry program. Participation in teaching-related administrative activities is expected, a task that requires a good capacity to work well with others.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitive independent research program in organic chemistry that complements and strengthens the ongoing research of the department, and that is aligned with the strategic goals of the Faculty and University. The hallmarks of a competitive research program include obtaining external funding for research and infrastructure, publication in international peer-reviewed journals, and producing research with significant impact on the scientific community and for relevant stakeholders. Contributing to the collegial seminar culture is a further responsibility.

To be qualified for appointment as senior lecturer (universitetslektor), a person shall have demonstrated sufficient, relevant scientific and pedagogical skills (Swedish Higher Education Ordnances, chapter 4, section 4).

Furthermore, the Linnaeus University’s appointment criteria require that a person must have demonstrated scientific skills through independent, active research in accordance with current national standards. The appointee shall both qualitatively and quantitatively have achieved a level of research output clearly exceeding that required for award of the PhD degree.

Pedagogical skills should be demonstrated by the appointee through documented delivery of well-received teaching and examination at first- and second-cycle levels. This includes participating in course development and supervision of project students, which require a capacity to work effectively both independently and as part of a team in both teaching and research contexts.

The appointee shall have the capability to lead a successful independent research program, as evidenced by:

  • A capacity to compete for external funding for research and infrastructure, as main applicant, in national and/or international competition, in particular over the past five years,
  • A track record of publication of high impact original research findings in international peer-reviewed journals,
  • A capacity to successfully contribute to the supervision of PhD students,
  • Successful independent research project management,
  • Service to the scientific and general (outreach) communities.

The successful candidate shall have a capacity to teach in the Swedish language or shall have attained the necessary skills to do so by the start of the third year of employment. Support for language training shall be provided. Moreover, a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

Assessment grounds
In addition to meeting the position requirements, the ability to collaborate well with others and general suitability for the relevant tasks is an assessment criterium.

The evaluation of an applicant’s pedagogical skills shall be undertaken with the same rigor as for their scientific skills.

Other assessment criteria include,
When the University appoints new academic staff, the appointee shall be the applicant selected based upon a qualitative overall assessment of ability to best carry out and develop work tasks, and to contribute to the successful development of the University.

Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences: Ian A. Nicholls ( );
Head of Department for the Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences: Anna Asplund Persson ( );
Human Resources Consultant: Stina Andersson ( ).  

Union representatives can be contacted on +46-772288000.

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the ad. Your application should be designed according to the Template for application which can be found in the Guide to Appointment procedures under important documents below the ad. The credentials you invoke must be verified with certification and they must be attached digitally in your application. Other documents, including various types of scientific works, must be submitted digitally along with the application. The application and other documents to be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.

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