Chair in Construction Engineering
Sort on published: 2017-09-11
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
Uppsala University is the oldest and one of the largest universities in the Nordic region and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.
The professorship in Construction Engineering is a new chair at the Department of Engineering Sciences. The Department carries out top research and has broad activities with its ten research divisions, namely Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Solid State Electronics, Solid State Physics, Industrial Engineering, Microsystem Technology, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Signals and Systems, Applied Materials Science and Applied Mechanics. The department has its premises at the Ångström Laboratory, which offers a high-tech laboratory environment for both research and education.
Description of Subject Area
Construction Engineering aims at designing and managing a well-built urban environment while minimizing impact on the Earth's finite resources.
We are looking for someone with excellence in, for instance, one of the following building construction areas: innovation, building design, dimensioning, production and reconstruction, as well as operation and maintenance, taking into account good indoor and outdoor environment, sustainability and climate change.
The areas can range from buildings and parts of buildings through to entire cities and include aspects such as building construction solutions, engineering systems and construction processes.
Overall responsibility for research and postgraduate education in the field of Building Construction, teaching at first- and second-cycle. Own research in the holder’s field and planning of research projects. The holder shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. Cooperation with other research groups within the institution and university is of great importance.
Management, administration as well as financial and human resources.
Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance the eligibility requirements for employment as professor are research as well as teaching expertise. According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala University research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a high international and national standard. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and demonstrated well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community must be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality and scope of his/her academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject. Requirements for international merits must be assessed on the basis of the character and specific circumstances of the subject. To be eligible for appointment as professor applicants also 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. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.
Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.
Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, with special emphasis on research expertise. However, a combined consideration of all assessment criteria will be made, so that an applicant with vastly superior teaching expertise can receive a higher ranking than one with somewhat stronger research expertise.
Research expertise comprises research merits including research merits obtained outside the academy which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in Building Construction as well as the ability to establish, lead and develop a research group in the field. 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. 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
As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise. 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. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and methods, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching with 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: Administrative expertise is important for the employment and will be afforded high consideration. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship. 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. 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.
Management Expertise: Management expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment at work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.
Collaboration Expertise: Collaborative skills are important for the employment and will be afforded high consideration. The capacity to interact with the surrounding community by informing about research and development work, implementing projects with non-academic actors and attracting external research resources will be taken into account.
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.
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.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: Individual salary
Starting: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed
Type of employment: Permanent employment, probationary period may be applied.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position, please contact
Pär Weihed, tel. +46 72-9999164, firstname.lastname@example.org
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You are welcome to submit your application no later than 15 October 2017, UFV-PA 2017/1091.
In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/1091
Last application date: 2017-10-15