Associate senior lecturer in Informatics at Örebro University School of Business
Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-06558/2022
We are looking for an associate senior lecturer in informatics, specialising in ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence (AI), for a fixed-term position of 4 years at Örebro University School of Business.
The subject area for this position is: Informatics
Örebro University School of Business is a place where education and research meet in the four subjects Business Administration, Economics, Informatics, and Statistics. We are accredited by AACSB, the largest accreditation body and network for business schools globally – an achievement accomplished only by five per cent of the world’s 16,000 business schools.
The department of informatics, host to 25 faculty, is now seeking an associate senior lecturer who with their research can function as a bridge between the university’s technical AI research and the AI research with a more social science focus conducted within several disciplines at the university –and especially within informatics. Today, research at the department looks at aspects of AI that concern information security, social services, schools and the healthcare sector. We are particularly interested in the ethical and social implications of the use of AI and especially welcome applicants with experience of teaching and/or research that highlights these aspects.
Duties and responsibilities
During your period of employment as an associate senior lecturer, you are to develop your autonomy as a researcher and acquire further qualifications in terms of both research and teaching skills to meet the criteria for appointment as senior lecturer.
For this career-building position, you will spend the bulk of your working hours on research and associated collaboration (internally and externally). An appointment as an associate senior lecturer is mainly focused on the acquisition of research qualifications (70% of the working hours). The rest of the working hours are primarily geared towards the acquisition of teaching qualifications. As an associate senior lecturer, you are also to contribute to the university’s development.
Your teaching contributions will primarily be on the Programme of Systems Analysis and the Master’s Programme in Information Systems – Information Security Management. Teaching duties also include supervision, examination, course development, planning, and evaluation.
Those qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer are applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject area relevant for the position or have the corresponding research competence. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a doctoral degree or attained equivalent research competence no more than five years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, or other similar circumstances.
When appointing an associate senior lecturer, the applicant’s research as well as teaching expertise will be assessed. The assessment is also to consider the applicant’s qualifications and experience from collaboration with the wider community, of which the university is a part, as well as national and international experience and mobility. Teaching staff is expected to have the ability to communicate, to collaborate with the surrounding community and to contribute to utilising the university’s research for the benefit of society. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position will be assessed. Suitability refers to the applicant demonstrating the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand; to be able to cooperate with other members of staff; and to contribute to the development of university operations.
Research expertise is demonstrated through independent research contributions and continued scientific publication following the award of the doctoral degree. If these research contributions concern both the technical and social aspects of AI it is considered a particular advantage. Importance is also to be attached to the applicant’s establishment in the research community as well as to their experience of planning, managing and leading their own research.
When defining teaching expertise at Örebro University, three categories are used: teaching approach, how the teaching approach is put into practice, and professional development as a teacher. Teaching expertise is to be assessed in terms of teaching qualifications and experience. These must be well-documented and accounted for in compliance with Örebro University’s template for teaching portfolios, relating clearly to the values set out in Örebro University’s educational philosophy.
Other assessment criteria
Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.
Promotion to senior lecturer
An associate senior lecturer is, on application and assessment, to be promoted to senior lecturer if they meet the criteria for the appointment.
A condition for promotion is that there is a need within the organisation for a senior lecturer in the subject area in question and that a separate assessment of the candidate’s qualifications is made. The basis for promotion from associate senior lecturer to senior lecturer is that the applicant meets (1) the criteria set out in the requirements profile at the time of appointment as associate senior lecturer, and (2) the qualifications and assessment criteria in place for appointment as senior lecturer at the time of promotion and based on the respective faculty board’s guidelines for appointment. On the examination of an application for promotion to senior lecturer, teaching and research expertise are to be given equal attention. In addition, on promotion, the applicant must have completed qualifying courses on teaching and learning in higher education. They must also demonstrate good oral and written communication skills in Swedish at the level required to perform common duties within research, education, and administration.
The application for promotion to a position as senior lecturer is to be submitted to the faculty no later than 6 months and no earlier than 12 months before the employment as an associate senior lecturer comes to an end. Such a promotion entails permanent employment as senior lecturer in the subject.
This is a fixed-term, full-time position for a period of 4 years. The appointment may be extended, but for no longer than two years, if because of the associate senior lecturer’s illness, parental leave or other special grounds additional time is needed to fulfil the purpose of the appointment. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.
Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.
The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:
- Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
- CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
- Teaching portfolio (as instructed in Örebro University’s guidelines)
- Research portfolio
- Publication list
- Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)
- Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found on our career site: https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/
The application deadline is 2023-01-09. We look forward to receiving your application!
After the application deadline, no supplements can be made electronically. If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached electronically to the application, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how the missing publications can be submitted.
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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.