Senior Lecturer in Astronomy, especially Late Phases of Stellar Evolution
Sort on published: 2017-09-13
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Description of Subject Area: The late phases of stellar evolution are dominated by the interplay of energy production in the stellar interior and mass loss by an outflow from the atmosphere, i.e. a stellar wind. The material transported away from the star by the wind contains newly-produced elements and dust, which are the building blocks for new generations of stars and planets. At the Division of Astronomy and Space Physics we study the physical mechanisms which drive the winds of cool luminous giants, and which determine the properties of the outflows, by developing advanced dynamical models and comparing them to observations.
Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. 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. The holder of the position is expected to teach basic physics courses, and in particular astrophysical courses on stellar physics, radiative transfer, and gas dynamics on basic and advanced levels. The research environment at the division is characterized by an interplay between theoretical and observational work, and the holder of the position is expected to contribute to the research on stellar winds during late phases of stellar evolution by combining theoretical and observational aspects.
Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as senior lecturer are persons who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise. It is necessary that the educational skills, the scientific competence and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.
According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala University to be eligible for appointment as senior lecturer 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, which will be given equal weight.
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 modelling and observational studies of stellar winds during late phases of stellar evolution. A background in observational methods which complements the competence of the local theory group (in particular high-angular resolution techniques that give direct insights into the wind formation regions), and a documented ability to initiate and carry out related observational projects, are regarded as special merits.
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 special weight will be attached to the ability to teach on stellar physics and late phases of stellar evolution, as well as radiative transfer in dynamical media.
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 aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience. Uppsala University strives for a more even gender balance in its research and teaching staff. Since most teachers of the Faculty are men, women are especially invited to apply for this position.
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Pay: Individual salaries
Starting: 2017-11-01 or as otherwise agreed
Type of employment: Permanent employment.
Working hours: 100 %
You are welcome to submit your application no later than October 21 2017, UFV-PA 2017/2722.
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 Physics and Astronomy
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 2017/2722
Last application date: 2017-10-21