Associate senior lecturer in Chemistry at the School of Science and Technology

Fixed-term position
Full time
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Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-06295/2022

We are looking to recruit an associate senior lecturer in Chemistry, specialised in applied inorganic chemistry, for a fixed-term position of 4‑6 years at the School of Science and Technology.

Subject area

This position is in the subject: Chemistry, with specialisation in applied inorganic chemistry.

Background

The Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre (MTM) is one of two research environments focussing on research in chemistry within the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University. The centre is developing and expanding, and this post offers an exciting opportunity, for the right candidate, to be part of this. The School offers bachelor programs in chemistry, biology, and environmental science, with the latter focussing on sustainable food systems, and two Master’s programmes in chemistry.

We are looking to recruit an associate senior lecturer to join our team and help further strengthen and develop our research and teaching within applied inorganic chemistry. The successful applicant will conduct research within the MTM Research Centre and contribute to strengthening the understanding about trace element redistribution in contaminated systems, reclamation methods, mining waste, acid rock drainage (ARD) or secondary resource management (for instance slag, incineration ashes and mining waste).

Duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include research, education, and collaborative work. The appointment as an associate senior lecturer at Örebro University is largely focused on the acquisition of research qualifications, with a smaller proportion of time being geared towards acquiring teaching qualifications. The successful applicant is expected to spend 70% of full time on research and 30% on teaching.

During the period of employment, an associate senior lecturer should develop their autonomy as a researcher and acquire further qualifications in terms of both research and teaching skills, in order to reach the necessary criteria for a position as senior lecturer. As an associate senior lecturer, one is also expected to contribute to the university’s development. This could include contributing to the development and management of new courses and programs, particularly regarding trace element redistribution, mobility, reclamation methods and secondary resource management.

Teaching duties may include general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, contaminant transportation, forensic chemistry, geochemical modelling, and instrumental analytical techniques (ICP-QMS, high resolution ICP-MS, MP-AES).

Research duties will include applying for research funding and participating in on-going projects. Research duties further include own research within the field of trace element redistribution/transportation in contaminated systems (soils, sediments, mining waste), reclamation methods, geochemical modelling or secondary resource characterisation and management (slag, incineration ashes, waste rock or tailings).

Qualifications

To qualify for the appointment as an associate senior lecturer you must have a doctoral degree, or have attained the corresponding research competence, in a subject that is directly relevant to this position. Priority will 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. Applicants who were awarded their doctoral degree prior to that will also be considered in the event of special circumstances. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, leave of absence due to illness and parental leave.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in chemistry or in a closely related subject (geology, geochemistry, natural resource management or relevant engineering background) with experience in trace element behaviour in contaminated systems, field work, mining waste, acid rock drainage, secondary resource management or reclamation methods.

Experience in instrumental analytical techniques (including ICP-MS), field studies and geochemical modelling is considered desirable.

Assessment criteria

When appointing an associate senior lecturer, the applicant’s research as well as teaching expertise will be assessed, as will their qualifications and their experience gained from collaborations both within higher education and outside of it, in the wider community. Experience gained from national and international travel will also be considered. 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 cooperate with other members of staff; and to contribute to the development of university operations.

Research expertise

Research expertise is demonstrated through independent research contributions, particularly in fields relating to the duties and responsibilities of the advertised role within the MTM research team, as well as continued scientific publishing following the award of the doctoral degree. Being established in the research community, having experience of planning, administrating and independent research, will also add merit to an application.

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise is to be assessed in terms of teaching qualifications and experience, which 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.

Teaching qualifications includes documented experience, planning, execution of, and evaluation of teaching activities, as well as supervision and examination. Applicants must be able to account for their teaching approach and reflect on their own pedagogical development as well as on the teacher’s role. Experience of developing materials in applied inorganic chemistry is desirable. Having the ability to maintain a scientific approach in teaching and connecting research to teaching is important.

Other assessment criteria

Particular attention will be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education and their demonstrated ability to embark on a career within academia.

Having experience in applying for and obtaining external research funding, in particular in collaboration with industry, is desirable.

Language skills in Swedish (good) and English (excellent) are requirements, as teaching may be required in either language.

Promotion to senior lecturer

In accordance with Örebro University’s appointment procedures, an associate senior lecturer is to be promoted to senior lecturer if they apply and are qualified for the appointment.

On the examination of an application for promotion to senior lecturer, teaching and research expertise are to be given equal attention. The applicant must have completed qualifying courses in teaching and learning within higher education that meet the criteria required for eligibility as senior lecturer. They must also demonstrate oral and written communication skills in Swedish that are at the level required to undertake frequent duties within research, education, and administration.

The application for promotion to a position as senior lecturer is to be submitted no later than six months before the employment as an associate senior lecturer comes to an end. Such a promotion entails a permanent position as senior lecturer.

Information

This is a fixed-term full-time position for a period of 4-6 years (the exact length will be decided in connection with the appointment). The appointment may be extended, but for no longer than two years, if additional time is needed to fulfill the purpose of the appointment. This may be due to illness, parental leave or other special grounds. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, please contact the Head of unit, Associate Professor Ingrid Ericson Jogsten (+46 19 30 12 09, email: This is an email address) or Head of School, Associate Professor Mattias Bäckström (+46 19 30 39 65, email: This is an email address).

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.

Application

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/artistic 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 at out career site:  https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is 2022-12-22. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

After the application deadline, documents can no longer be submitted 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 these can be submitted.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

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.