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Junior Faculty Board

The JF board is composed of five or six members who are elected by the JF members for a two-year term: one representative from each faculty, a chair and a vice-chair.

The JF board meets approximately four times per year and is responsible for:

  • Representing junior faculty interests at ORU and at the national junior faculty
  • Acting as an information channel between the University and junior faculty members
  • Strategic junior faculty decisions
  • Coordination of JF activities

You are welcome to contact any of the board members directly or via This is an email address with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have.

Carolin Zorell, Chair 
The transition from the PhD to a long-term position can be quite challenging and frustrating. But it can also bear many opportunities, e.g., for widening networks and experiences. It is especially in these times where exchange with and help by others that are or were in similar situations can be particularly valuable. JF offers a space for that. As chair of the JF board I can actively work on organising the opportunities for exchange, provide help, and represent the interests of early career researchers.

Naveed Asghar, Vice chair
Diversity, internationalization and multicultural research environment encompass great attraction for me. The Junior Faculty (JF) at Orebro University is a great platform with the aforementioned traits. The multidisciplinary platform of JF stimulates sharing of experiences and ideas among early career researchers from different disciples. JF also facilitate information flow, transparency and promote socialisation. Being a part of JF Board, I am motivated to represent interests of early career researchers and facilitate career development.

Vojtech Klézl, Business, Science and EngineeringVojtech Klezl
After you’re finished with your PhD, you quite often change universities and perhaps even move to another country, which can lead to being lonesome. Here’s where Junior Faculty comes in – we will introduce you to like-minded people from various fields and backgrounds and provide a platform to share your research and experiences. As a member of the ORU JF board, I want to contribute to this by introducing new JR activities and opportunities to meet.

Samira Prado, Medicine and Health
Early career researchers encounter similar experiences and challenges to share. As a member of the JF board, I can work promoting young researchers' communication and network. Exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences enable the building of new collaborations and the understanding of similar challenges of career path. Therefore, I can represent JF members’ similar interests to facilitate their career development.

jw_3James White, Humanities and Social Sciences
There is a lot of bureaucracy to university life. As an early career worker, it can help to have contacts in different departments and schools, both to better understand and navigate the organisation, and to establish personal and professional relationships outside of disciplinary boundaries. The Junior Faculty supports precarious academic workers and strengthens connections within the university. My aim, as a member of the JF board, is to promote and contribute to these functions.