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OPEN POSITIONS Associate Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Molecular Medicine with focus on cancer

The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine (WCMTM) at the University of Gothenburg is pleased to announce an international search for an outstanding scientist to a tenure track position as Associate Senior Lecturer (Assistant professor). This newly formed Centre has been established in collaboration with Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, County Region in West Sweden, Astra Zeneca and the University of Gothenburg in a national agenda with the goal to regain a world-leading position for Sweden within medical research. The scope of the Centre in Gothenburg is molecular medicine aspects of metabolic and degenerative diseases, neuroscience, inflammation and cancer. The prerequisite for the position is a generous support package including funding for two postdoctoral associates and two PhD students or corresponding as well as support for expenditures (four positions and 1,5 million SEK/year in running costs).

In the present call we announce on the level of Associate Senior Lecturer (Assistant professor). Applications are desired from individuals with expertise and outstanding scientific credentials within molecular medicine with focus on cancer.

The successful applicant is expected to develop its full potential as leading independent scientist in a flourishing academic environment with unique connections to infrastructures at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg and AstraZeneca in Gothenburg. More information about ongoing research activities and key research groups within our advertised focus areas can be found at www.wcmtm.gu.se

Subject area

Molecular medicine oriented towards cancer

Subject area description

Molecular medicine oriented towards cancer

Job assignments

The successful candidate is expected to initiate a strong research program and start a new and independent research group that adds value to the on-going research at the University of Gothenburg. In addition to directing research of high international quality the successful candidate will participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching at the University of Gothenburg. An additional requirement is the ability to teach in Swedish and/or English. A further requirement is active participation in collaborative research and exchange programmes across the network of Wallenberg Centres in Molecular Medicine in Lund, Linkoping and Umea as well as with Science for Life Laboratories in Stockholm/Uppsala. The successful candidate is expected to actively apply for external funding.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education
Ordinance and the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at University of Gothenburg.
A PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position or equivalent scientific competence is a requirement. Applicants with a foreign exam that is judged to be an equivalent qualification are also qualified. Preference will be given to those who were awarded a PhD degree or achieved equivalent scientific competence no more than seven years prior to the expiration date of this announcement. Candidates who were awarded the degree earlier than this can also be given preference if special grounds exist, e.g. illness, parental leave, health care professional education or corresponding. Reasons, dates and scope must be clearly specified in the application and certified.


We are seeking highly motivated researchers with demonstrated potential for creativity and excellence in the area molecular medicine with focus on cancer. Specifically, the successful candidate will have a documented track record of innovative, translational, basic, and/or clinical research and a planned research program related to cancer within one or more of the following areas: cancer metabolism including signaling pathways that control metabolic changes in cancer cells; the importance of the immune system for tumor control during local and systemic therapy; or cancer immunology and new therapeutic strategies, with a clear link to molecular medicine.

The successful candidate will also have relevant teaching experience. The research activities of the successful candidate must fit within the broader portfolio of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine while complementing and strengthening the current research and education at Gothenburg University.

The evaluation will be based on all the assessment criteria and the candidate will be evaluated as follows: 1) The applicant’s scientific skills and the scientific quality of the project; 2) Pedagogic and administrative skills to initiate interdisciplinary cooperation, ability to interact with the community and ability to lead an independent research group. Particular focus will be on assessment of 1).

The evaluation of the scientific skills and quality will devote particular emphasis to the level of independently performed research in cancer within one or more of the following areas: cancer metabolism including signaling pathways that control metabolic changes in cancer cells; the importance of the immune system for tumor control during local and systemic therapy; or cancer immunology and new therapeutic strategies, with a clear link to molecular medicine. Scientific assessment will be based upon documented publications of a high scientific quality and grants achieved in national/international competition. Particular weight will be given to a research program that adds new value to existing research activities at the University of Gothenburg. The evaluation of pedagogic skills will pay attention to relevant teaching experience. Evaluation is also made on the basis of documented administrative skills including leadership and the ability to interact and cooperate in research with the surrounding society.

Priority will be given to candidates with appropriate postdoctoral training outside the university where the PhD was received, as well as candidates showing international mobility and experience. Priority will also be focused on the candidates’ personal suitability, assessment during the interview as well as plan to initiate own research group and interact with the ongoing research the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine and the University of Gothenburg.


The position is part of the tenure track system at the University of Gothenburg. This means that an Associate Senior Lecturer has the right to apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer within four years. The promotion criteria are described at the following website (only in Swedish) http://sahlgrenska.gu.se/digitalAssets/1594/1594155_befordran-bul-ul-2016.pdf

Additional information

The decision regarding the disposition of the support package will be taken by WCMTM prior to the admission. The support package is expected to be complemented by the researcher through national and international grants. The researcher will work within a department at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The actual location will be defined in consultation between WCMTM, the applicant and the heads of the Institute of Biomedicine and Institute of Clinical sciences. An individual scientific and educational development plan is determined upon agreement between the applicant and the head of department. The application should be written in English as an international expert panel will perform the assessment.

For further information:

Göran Landberg, Director of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine; goran.landberg@gu.se


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

Appointment Procedure

Please apply online.

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, guest lectures, and/or research seminars. Personal circumstances (eg parental leave) will be taken into account in the assessment of qualifications and specified in relation to qualifications and experience.

Together with your application the following should be attached:

- CV, publication list, certificate of doctoral degree and other documents that the applicant wishes to be considered.
- Documents related to teaching merits should also include information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality.
- The applicant’s record of research funding should be clearly stated giving the actual amounts.
- A summary of the applicant’s experience of research, teaching and cooperation with the local community (maximum 5 pages).
- A description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant
for this position (maximum 5 pages).
- A maximum of 10 publications and a motivation for choosing these.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books could be sent to the following address:
Lena Karlsson
Box 100
405 30 Göteborg

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

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. 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. 

Guidelines for electronic application:


Closing date: 2018-01-03 

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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