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OPEN POSITIONS Associate Senior Lecturer in translational molecular medicine

The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine at the University of Gothenburg was established in collaboration with the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Hospital Region West and AstraZeneca, as part of a national agenda to further strengthen Sweden´s position within molecular medicine. The Wallenberg Centre is located in Gothenburg, with activities at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and AstraZeneca in order to ensure unique translational research environments in the interface between academia, health care and the pharma-industry. The scope of the Centre in Gothenburg is the molecular medicine aspects of metabolic and degenerative diseases, neuroscience, inflammation, cancer and life science chemistry. At present, the Centre consists of more than 15 research teams. More information about our research groups and ongoing research activities within our focus areas can be found at

Like most Scandinavian countries, Sweden provides a high quality of life with generous vacation leave and national health care. Like all employers in Sweden, we offer 480 days of parental leave, free to take by the mother and/or the father anytime until the child is 12 years old. Families in Sweden are guaranteed day care positions within 4 months of registering and education is free. The university is located within Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, with an outstanding public transportation system and lively international culture.

In the present announcement, we are searching for candidates with expertise and good scientific credentials in translational molecular medicine for a tenure track position as an Associate Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor). Both candidates with experimental and clinical research background are welcome to apply. The incentive for the position is a support package including funding for group members as postdoctoral associate and/or PhD student as well as support for expenditures. Within the program of the Wallenberg Centre, the successful candidate will be given the possibility to develop their full potential as a leading independent scientist in a flourishing academic environment linked to the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and AstraZeneca in Gothenburg. The employment holder will become part of the scientific environment and network that is established both locally and nationally within the four Wallenberg Centres for molecular medicine in Sweden, as well as being a member of our National Molecular Fellows Program (

Subject area

Translational molecular medicine.

Subject area description

The research program should fit within the broader portfolio of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine. Thus, the research activities within molecular medicine should be focused on translational basic research and/or clinical medical research. The planned research program should be applicable in any of the following fields: metabolic and degenerative diseases, neuroscience, inflammation or cancer.

Job assignments

The successful candidate is expected to initiate a competitive research program and start or further develop an independent line of research within translational molecular medicine in any of the fields described above. The employment holder is expected to actively participate in the local meetings and activities within WCMTM as well as in meetings within the network of the other four Wallenberg Centres of Molecular Medicine in Lund, Linköping and Umeå, and Science for Life Laboratories in Stockholm and Uppsala. The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to cooperation within the subject area of the position, and to actively apply for external funding.

The job assignments include planning and performing teaching in postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate programs. The teaching includes lectures, exercises and examinations as well as the supervision of doctoral and undergraduate students. Candidates without university-level teacher training should participate in pedagogy courses for higher education within two years of hiring.


A PhD degree in a subject area relevant to the position or equivalent scientific competence is a requirement. An applicant with a degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible. Preference is given to applicants who have been awarded a PhD degree, a comparable degree or achieved equivalent scientific competence no more than five years before the expiration date of this announcement. Applicants who have obtained a doctorate earlier may also be given primary consideration if there are special reasons. Special reasons include leave of absence due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of leave of absence should be clearly specified in the application and confirmed by certificates.

Ability to teach in English or Swedish is a requirement. The successful candidate is expected to eventually teach in Swedish. The university offers courses in Swedish as a second language.


Assessment of the applications will be based primarily on scientific merits and secondarily on pedagogical and administrative merits and skills. All aspects will be carefully assessed.

When assessing scientific proficiency, particular emphasis will be placed on the level of independently performed research in translational molecular medicine. More specifically, the employment holder must have documented experience in molecular medicine with a focus on translational basic research and/or clinical medical research, as well as a planned research program that is applicable in any of the following fields: metabolic and degenerative diseases, neuroscience, inflammation or cancer.

The scientific assessment will be based on publications in leading international journals, where quality and impact is given more weight than total production. Favourable consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in attracting external funding in national or international competitions, and participation in national and international collaboration projects. Scientific proficiency is also assessed through the scientific quality of the submitted research program and the proven ability to develop and lead research activities with relevance to the present employment.

Priority will be given to candidates with appropriate postdoctoral experience outside the university where the doctoral degree has been awarded, as well as to candidates who can show international mobility and experiences from several research environments. Further, at the time of the interview, personal suitability and how the applicant plans to start/further develop a research group and interact with the research groups the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine and the other Swedish Wallenberg Centres will be assessed.

When assessing pedagogical proficiency, particular emphasis will be placed on well-documented pedagogical experience of planning, performing and leading teaching. Favourable consideration will be given to documented ability to supervise students at undergraduate and post graduate program level.

The overall assessment of the applications will take into account proficiency and potential for development, ability to carry out the duties of the position, to cooperate with others, and to contribute to the positive development of the organisation.

Other conditions

The decision regarding the extent and disposition of the support package will be taken by the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine prior to the start of the employment. The support package is expected to be complemented through national and international grants. An individual scientific and pedagogical development plan will be determined upon agreement between the employment holder and the head of institute.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Host institute is dependent of the employment holder
First day of employment: As soon as possible, as agreed

The position as Associate Senior Lecturer is the first level of the tenure track system at the University of Gothenburg. The position is defined as an appointment whereby the holder, if approved based on the qualification criterias, is promoted to a permanent position as a Senior Lecturer.
At Sahlgrenska Academy (Swedish only) Befordringskriterier SA (Dnr 2017/181)

Appointment procedure

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

For further information:

Regarding the position, please contact:

Christina Jern, director Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine;

Julia Grönros, research coordinator Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine;

Amanda Hansson, HR officer Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine;


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:

  • Cover letter.

  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and a record of research grants received (with 

  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivated list of ten of your selected scientific publications. 

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

  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of your teaching experience and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy. 

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

  • Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum ten publications). 

  • Certificates and other documents 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 application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2020-05-10.

Additional information

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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 on employment has become final. Applications from the person employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 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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