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OPEN POSITIONS Senior Lecturer in Physics with focus on the Teachers’ training program

The Department of Physics (http://www.physics.gu.se/english) at the University of Gothenburg is located on the main campus of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, and has about 80 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research is focused on the fields of atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics and spintronics, and complex systems and biophysics and is conducted in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the department include bachelor and master programs in physics, physics teachers’ training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. The Gothenburg Physics Centre (www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/Pages/default.aspx ), a close collaboration with four other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology, creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the departments.

Subject area

Physics with focus on the Teachers’ training program

Subject area description

The Department of Physics has a long-term commitment within the Teachers’ training program at the University of Gothenburg. This education is in an expansive phase and the need for natural science teachers is very extensive. The department’s assignment is to participate in several of the teachers’ training programs for which the university is entitled to award a degree. The Department of Physics also conducts continuing education aimed at school development and continuing education for teachers and preschool teachers in collaboration with both the Swedish Agency for Education (Swedish: Skolverket) and the Co-ordination Board for the Teachers’ Education (Swedish: Samordningsnämnden för lärarutbildning / SOL) at the University of Gothenburg.

The department’s assignment includes both teaching and participation in various collegiate contexts such as program councils where the university departments participating in teachers’ training programs meet. Within the framework of the teachers’ training program assignment, the Department of Physics also participates in relevant forums for teachers’ training programs at the Faculty of Science.

Pedagogical development and education for the department's teaching staff have high priority, which involves close cooperation with the Unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (Swedish: Enheten för pedagogisk utveckling och interaktivt lärande / PIL). The department also has an involvement in the university-based research school Centre for Education Science and Teacher Research (Swedish: Centrum för utbildningsvetenskap och lärarforskning / CUL) where the supervision of doctoral students contributes to guaranteeing a scientific foundation for the department's educational development.

Job assignments

The work assignments are focused on the department’s cooperation with the Co-ordination Board for the Teachers’ Education (Swedish: Samordningsnämnden för lärarutbildning / SOL) and the department's teaching activities in physics and technology, pedagogical development, quality assurance of programs and teaching administration. This includes administrative responsibility, contacts with other units, both inside and outside the University of Gothenburg, which are involved in teachers’ training programs, responsibility for students’ vocational education (Swedish: Verksamhetsförlagd utbildning / VFU) and supervision of degree projects for the students at the teachers’ training program. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the Faculty of Education and the Unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (Swedish: Enheten för pedagogisk utveckling och interaktivt lärande” / PIL) is included in the work tasks as well as collaborative assignments aimed at the public and the Swedish school system. In addition to supervision of PhD students at the research school Centre for Education Science and Teacher Research (Swedish: Centrum för utbildningsvetenskap och lärarforskning / CUL), there is also time included for own research within the assignment.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in Chapter 4, sections 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg. Qualifications for a position as Senior Lecturer are demonstrated pedagogical skills and a PhD degree or achieved equivalent scientific competence.

The eligibility for this position, further requires that the applicant has a teacher's training program degree or a teacher's certificate for teaching in physics or an equivalent educational/didactic education comprising at least one year full-time studies directed at upper secondary school or elementary school year 6-9. Furthermore, the applicant must have university pedagogy skills through documented education and teaching experience of university pedagogy courses.

An additional requirement to be eligible is that the employee can communicate fluently in Swedish, both in writing and orally.


The assessment of the application will primarily be based on pedagogical qualifications, and to some extent on scientific skills. In both cases, the assessment will be done with the same accuracy.

The assessment of the pedagogical qualifications is based on pedagogical merits and documented experience of continuous work on quality assurance, administration of the teachers’ training programs and collaborative assignments as well as demonstrated ability to lead and develop pedagogical activities. The pedagogical qualifications are demonstrated by extensive teaching experience, solid pedagogical education and experience of previous pedagogical development and quality work. It is of great importance that the applicant has teaching experience from upper secondary school or elementary school at years 6-9 and teaching experience from university courses in physics and university pedagogy. Meriting is also experience in supervision of PhD students.

Scientific proficiency is assessed based on the applicant's doctoral dissertation and other scientific publications, and presented research plan.

Most of the teaching and the extensive contacts with the Swedish school system is performed in Swedish, consequently the applicant must communicate fluently in the Swedish language.

For the teacher position, the applicant is selected, which, after an overall assessment of skill and development potential, is considered to have the best prerequisite for carrying out the duties included in the employment, for collaborating with other staff members and for contributing to a positive development of the department’s activities.


Type of employment: Permanent post
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment: To be agreed

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of absence should be specified in the application.

For further information

Regarding the position please contact:

Måns Henningson, Head of Department
+46(0)768-694 649 

Ingvar Albinsson, Deputy Head of Department and responsible for undergraduate studies
+46 (0)31 786 9121


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Together with your application the following should be attached:

  • Personal letter.

  • CV, including list of publications.

  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivation for choosing no more than ten scientific publications that you want to refer to in your application.

  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages).

  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality, and a pedagogical reflection.

  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the local community.

  • Certificates and other documents that you wish to be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to:
Faculty Office for Science
Attn: Marie Emanuelsson
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

We would like your application to be written in Swedish, as the applicant should be able to communicate verbally and in writing in Swedish.

Closing date: 2017-12-06


Additional information

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your accompanying spouse/partner please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/about/career. For more information about the Faculty of Science please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/. We can offer relocation services.


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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