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OPEN POSITIONS Senior lecturer in zoological physiology

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv), we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics, conservation and combinations of these fields in order to understand past and present ongoing evolutionary processes and the impact of anthropogenic changes on the environment. The strategy of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is to foster strong internationally networked research and to promote excellence in teaching. More information is available on the website:

The department of Biological and Environmental sciences is taking a strategic initiative in the overarching theme “consequences of environmental factors on biological systems”. The aim is to further explore how nature responds to current changes in the environment and human activities and further how negative effects can be mitigated. BioEnv consists of several vital research groups and well established centers (GGBC, FRAM, SWEMARC) with relevance for this wide field of research.

The department of Biological and Environmental sciences is looking for five new lecturers in animal ecology, zoological systematics, zoological physiology, environmental science with ecotoxicology focus, and biodiversity.


Subject area

Zoological physiology


Subject area description

Zoological physiology is the area of zoology that describes the vital functions of animals, how these are regulated by endocrine and neural controls, as well as how these are affected by the external environment. Research in the department, both basic and applied, is mainly concerned with ectothermal vertebrates, mainly fish.


Job assignments

We are recruiting a senior lecturer in zoological physiology with broad competence in general physiology. The duties include teaching and developing an independent research program in zoological physiology. The research program should be generally in line with the research themes at the department and you are expected to develop cooperation with other research groups at the department. You are expected to apply for external grants, build and lead your own research group and supervise PhD students.

The job assignments include teaching on the first cycle and advanced level mainly within the biology program, but also on for example the pharmacy program. Courses are given in both Swedish and English. You are expected to be able to teach primarily in all our first cycle courses, as well as advanced level courses within the subject.
In addition to lectures and other exercises, course responsibility is also included. Supervision of diploma student projects in biology and pharmacy is also included in the tasks. As a part of a larger team of lecturers, you are also expected to take an active part in the development and renewal of the teaching with regard to both form and content. Some administrative duties are also part of the job assignments as well as collaborations within academia and with the larger society.

Candidates without formal university-level didactics training should participate in courses for higher education teaching provided by the university within two years of hiring.

The successful candidate is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years. The university offers courses to learn Swedish as a second language.



The general qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg.


Eligible candidates should hold a PhD degree or equivalent foreign degree in a subject area relevant for the position and have shown great skill in teaching. Ability to teach in English or Swedish (the latter within two years of appointment) is a requirement.



The assessment of applicants will primarily be based on scientific and didactic proficiency that are equally weighed in the assessment. Scientific proficiency should be documented in the form of scientific publishing, participation in scientific conferences, ability to obtain external grants and experience in scientific mentoring. Teaching proficiency should be documented by through experience of academic teaching and supervision including production of teaching material and similar. The applicants’ personal ability to cooperate internally and externally is also taken into account in the assessment. In addition, proficiency in cooperating with society and inform about research to the national and international public is taken into account.

In conclusion, in the academic appointment, the applicant that show, after assessment of proficiency and developmental potential, the best prerequisites to carry out the tasks included in the position, cooperate with other staff and contribute to a positive development is to be chosen. The combined assessment will also entail how the applicants’ merits and plans contribute and strengthen the department.



Type of employment: Permanent position
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As soon as possible, as agreed


Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by external experts, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account documented and motivated parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances affecting research output and academic seniority. The reasons and extent of absence should be specified in the application.


For further information regarding the position

Professor Henrik Aronsson, prefekt
+46 31 786 4802

Associate professor Elisabeth Jönsson Bergman

+46 31 786 3684



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


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:

  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants (with amounts).
  • Description of scientific achievements and a motivation for the selection of a maximum of ten scientific publications used in the applications. Describe you own role and input on each the selected publications.
  • 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 experience and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy. (Maximum three pages)
  • Description of experiences of leadership, administration and cooperation with the local community.
  • Copies of the most relevant publications in full format (maximum ten publications).
  • Certificates and other documents to be considered.


We prefer if your application is written in English as it may be reviewed by international experts with English as a working language. 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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to:

Faculty Office for Science
Attn: Siranush Kosayan
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden


Closing date: 2019-08-20


Additional information

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Thus, to give a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general, please visit For more information about the Faculty of Science please visit We can offer relocation services.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 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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