Associate senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-08484/2022

We are looking to recruit an associate senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering for a fixed-term position of 4-6 years at the School of Science and Technology.

Subject area 

This position is in the subject of Mechanical Engineering, with specialisation in one of the following three research areas:

  • Materials development and characterisation
  • Design optimisation of mechanical systems
  • Dynamics and control of mechanical systems

Background

Mechanical Engineering is one of six research units of the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University. The division is very much developing and expanding, and this post offers an exciting opportunity, for the right candidate, to be part of this. Currently, the division has two research teams: “Mechanics and Materials” (MM) and "Digitalized development and operation of sustainable products and production systems" (DPPD) and is responsible for four engineering programmes (three at bachelor and one at master’s level).

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated associate senior lecturer to join our Mechanics and Materials team and help further strengthen and develop high-quality education and research within one of the research areas mentioned above. While the first two areas presented above have long been well established research areas for our Mechanics and Materials team, the last area in the list entitled ’Dynamics and control of mechanical systems’ is a new strategic research area that should be developed by the applicant in order to initiate new research collaborations with industry as well as Computer Science at Örebro University.

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. An associate senior lecturer is also expected to contribute to the university’s development. Teaching duties may include course development within the applicant’s area for one or several of the unit’s programmes.

Research duties will include applying for research funding and participating in on-going projects as well as carrying out independent research.

Qualifications

To qualify for this appointment as associate senior lecturer you must have a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, or have attained the corresponding research competence, in a subject that is directly relevant to this position and one of the three research areas listed above. 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.

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 and in the relevant research area. Experience in collaborative research and in applying for and obtaining external research funding, especially in collaboration with industry, is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be currently active in the relevant profile, collaborate with industry and apply for research funding within the area and can present a relevant publication list as well as a list of granted funding applications.

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.

The successful candidate will teach courses relevant to one selected research area from those presented above, within our bachelor and master’s degree programmes. Documented ability to develop courses and course materials in mechanical engineering is desirable.

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 and English 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 appointment). The appointment may be extended, but for no longer than two years, if additional time is needed to fulfil 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 the unit, Dr Jens Ekengren (+46 19 30 33 25, This is an email address), or Professor Niclas Strömberg (+46 19 30 39 86 email:This is an email address), contact at the MM research group.

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, including a brief research plan for the coming three years
  • 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 at out career site:
https://www.oru.se/english/career/available-positions/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is 2023-02-28. We look 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