Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 16 Apr 2023

We are looking for a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering with a genuine interest in teaching. In collaboration with other academics at the department, you will educate the civil and structural engineers of the future, and also contribute to bridging the education in civil engineering, architecture and engineering, and architecture. The position is a full-time permanent faculty employment, to start as soon as possible.

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) has about 290 employees working on every aspect of the built environment – houses to live in, roads to travel on, and water to drink – from planning and design to construction and maintenance. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for civil engineering and architecture, well equipped to tackle the challenges of building a sustainable future. We have well-equipped research and teaching labs; for this position especially our Structures lab and Architecture workshop (wood workshop) are of interest. The department also benefits from being physically located next to Chalmers Fuse , a makerspace for the unique educational initiative called Tracks , offering students interdisciplinary courses in collaboration between different programmes.

The Division of Structural Engineering
The position is placed at the Division of Structural Engineering , one of ten divisions at ACE. The Division of Structural Engineering consists of two research groups: Lightweight Structures (Steel and Timber Structures), and Concrete Structures. In total, we are 6-7 faculty members, 2 Postdocs, 8-10 PhD students and several adjunct professors and guest researchers, working part time at the university and part time in industry. Our education and research deal with load-carrying capacity, stability, functional design and durability of structures, such as bridges and buildings.

Within the field of Structural Engineering, we provide basic courses and supervise thesis work in the 3 and 5- year programmes in Civil Engineering, as well as the programme Architecture and Engineering. We are also one of two divisions mainly responsibility for the MSc programme Structural Engineering and Building Technology. We provide material-specific courses in timber, steel and concrete structures, as well as courses on the structural design process. We also supervise about 50 students doing their Master thesis yearly.

Our field of research comprises structural design and analysis of structures for buildings, bridges and other structures in the built environment. The research field includes the entire life-cycle of structures, from conceptual through detail design and construction aspects, to assessment, management and refurbishment of existing structures. We work both with traditional structural materials like timber, steel and concrete, as well as with new materials and material combinations such as fibre and textile reinforced concrete.

Major responsibilities
As Senior Lecturer, you will strengthen the Division of Structural Engineering primarily within the basic education, and to a lesser extent within cooperation with the industry and research. You will contribute with pedagogical and scientific expertise, and will be responsible for parts of the basic education in Structural Engineering. Your main focus will be general courses on structures at the Bachelors level including all materials, but you will also be involved in courses at the Masters level on e.g. the structural design process and timber structures. You will supervise Bachelor and Master students in their thesis projects. Cooperation as part of the teacher's team and the research group is vital, but you will also need to be able to work independently.

For both the education and research, it is important to maintain good cooperation with the industry and the other actors in the building sector. Together with the building industry, we are running the Structural Engineering Centre with over 20 companies. If suitable, we think you could strengthen the centre as part of your work assignments.

By joining ongoing research projects and contributing to raising funding for new projects, you will also participate in research within Structural Engineering. We highly value if your research competence is within an area showing future needs in education and good possibilities for research funding, as well as if it complements our existing competences and has synergistic effects with our ongoing research. Some examples of such research areas are structural optimisation, parametric design, and timber and biobased structures. However, other research areas within Structural Engineering are also of interest.

The main responsibilities of the position include:
• To lead, develop and teach courses on all levels of our education
• To supervise students in our Bachelor and Master educational programs
• To collaborate with industry and society as well as within academia, both in Sweden and internationally
• To apply for research funding and perform research.

Other tasks at the division or department level may also be included.

Contract terms
Full-time permanent employment.

For a full description of the requirements and responsibilities for a Senior Lecturer at Chalmers, please see our Appointment Regulations,  Chapter 7.2. 

We would like you to have:

• A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related topic, and a PhD degree in the area of Structural Engineering.
• Well documented teaching skills, and experience from teaching and development of education at undergraduate and graduate levels, documented through a pedagogical portfolio.
• Well documented ability to supervise Bachelor and Master students.
• Documented ability to collaborate, being able to recognise and utilise diversity in many aspects. One important aspect is the ability to contribute to bridging education in civil engineering, architecture and engineering, and architecture, through curiosity and respect for the connecting topics.
• Well documented capacity and good potential for high quality scientific research, as evidenced by publication records.
• Interest and potential to attract and lead research projects. This can be shown through the ability to write research proposals, awarded research grants and project leadership.

Documented experience from structural engineering practice, and experience from teaching for continuing professional development, are important merits.

Sound verbal and written communication skills in English is required. If you are not Swedish speaking, you are expected to acquire sufficient knowledge to be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level within a few years. The possibility to teach in Swedish from start is a merit.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230176 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

Please follow the instructions for compiling an application for a research and teaching position at Chalmers .

Personal letter: (Please name the document as:Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
One page where you:
•  Introduce yourself
•  Describe your motivation for applying to this position and what attracts you about Chalmers
•  Describe how you support your colleagues and bring about a good working environment.
•  Include names and full contact information of two references that we can contact.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• Your CV (please see the CV instructions)
• Include a list of publications.

Research statement: (Please name the document as: Research statement, Family name, Ref. number)
One to three pages where you:
• Describe your previous research areas and main research results
• State your future research goals and focus.

Pedagogical qualifications: (Please name the document as: Pedagogical portfolio, Family name, Ref number)
• Please compile a pedagogical portfolio to describe your pedagogical and educational qualifications using the format specified in the Pedagogical Portfolio instructions.
• Please append certificates for completed courses in pedagogical training and any other documents described in the portfolio instructions.

Teaching faculty at Chalmers are required to have complered couses in higher education pedagogics in accordance with SUHF’s recommendations (REK 2016:1) or equivalent education for a total of at least 10 weeks of full-time study. External applicants who currently do not meet the SUHF requirements may be employed for a permanent position under the condition that the required education is completed within the first two years of employment.

Other documents:
• Documents verifying awards and recognitions stated in your CV, and other documents relevant to support your application.
• Copies of a maximum of five relevant publications that cannot be accessed via your ORCID, Scopus ID or ResearcherID.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 16 April, 2023

For questions, please contact:
Karin Lundgren, Professor and Head of Division, Structural Engineering, +46 31 772 22 56

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Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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