Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry (Nfak)

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Chemistry at Lund University (KILU) is a joint department for chemistry within the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering (LTH). All research and education at the department takes place at Kemicentrum. The Department of Chemistry provides high-quality education in all areas of chemistry. The education takes place in close collaboration with research and our teachers are part of nationally and internationally recognized research groups. The Department of Chemistry has a unique strength in Sweden with research conducted by internationally and nationally leading research groups, which ranges from completely fundamental to highly applied research. The chemistry department also has the advanced instrumentation required in modern molecular research. The cross-disciplinary research, and the close cooperation with industry, constantly contribute to new innovations and solutions in areas such as technology, medicine, food, energy, and the environment. In total, the department has around 310 employees, of which approximately 170 are PhD students. The number of full-year students participating in the basic education is almost 500. The total annual financial turnover is approximately 350 million SEK.

The Department of Chemistry consists of four research centres: Centre for Molecular Protein Science (CMPS), Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS), Centre for Applied Life Sciences (CALS) and the Centre for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Analytical chemistry as an undergraduate and postgraduate subject is found at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS), and it is for this unit that the advertised position applies.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, 6 years, according to chapter 4, section12a of the Higher Education Ordinance, with the opportunity to promotion to Senior Lecturer. 

Job description
Employment as Associate Senior Lecturer is a career development position, where the holder is to be given the opportunity to develop his or her independence as a researcher and a teacher.

The principal duties cover research and education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The employment includes teaching equivalent to 20% of full-time, calculated over the entire term of employment. The content of the work assignments, as well as the distribution and scope of research and teaching, may change during the term of employment.

The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in building up active research within the specified field and related research areas. This also involves applying for external funding and developing cooperation with other university units and other governmental organisations, involved in this type of research. To support the development of a research group, resources corresponding to a four year PhD student employment will be made available.

The teaching comprises courses on all levels within the field, as well as supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

A person who holds a PhD or has the corresponding research expertise shall be qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their degree or have obtained corresponding expertise no more than five years before the last date for applications. A person who has obtained a PhD or the equivalent expertise earlier may be eligible if there are special grounds. 

For this position the qualified applicants must have a PhD within the field of analytical chemistry.

For academic staff at Lund University the general qualification requirements are to be suited to and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

Basis of Assessment 
A good ability to develop and carry out high-quality research, in addition to teaching skills. The main selection criteria for the position are scientific and pedagogic skills, with an emphasis on scientific skills. 

In the assessment, it is a requirement that the applicant:

  • demonstrates scientific skills through scientific publication in the subject area of analytical chemistry,
  • has successfully completed a postdoctoral stay in a research environment different from the university where the applicant obtained his or her PhD,
  • demonstrates good ability to teach chromatography,
  • shows a research plan with a clear independent focus and which is deemed to form the basis for successful applications for external funding,
  • demonstrates a very good knowledge of English with good communication skills.

In the assessment, it is a merit if the applicant:

  • can be judged to supplement and strengthen research and education within the department,
  • demonstrates the ability to establish, renew and develop the current research area as well as the ability to obtain external research funding,
  • demonstrates documented leadership experience,
  • has experience in planning, developing and implementing teaching,
  • shows good cooperation skills, perseverance and personal maturity, and the ability to organize and structure work.

It is expected that any non-Swedish speaking appointee within a three-year period will master the Swedish language well enough to be able to teach and to communicate with the university administration in Swedish.

When making the appointment, consideration will be given to the Lund University Appointment Rules

An associate senior lecturer is to be promoted, on application, to employment as a senior lecturer on an indefinite-term contract if he or she has the qualifications required for the post and is assessed to be suitable in accordance with the qualification requirements and assessment criteria established by the Faculty of Science. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements and assessment criteria for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer:

  • Well documented research expertise is important for the discipline. The following criteria will be applied:

           - High national and international standing as a researcher. 
High-quality publications in international research journals.
Independent research profile.
Qualifications corresponding to those of a reader.
Participation in scholarly conferences or workshops.
Research funding from national or international funding bodies.

  • Well documented teaching expertise. The following criteria will be applied:

           - Good subject knowledge and documented experience of teaching at different levels of higher education.
Documented ability to develop and renew courses and teaching methods.
Documented ability to lead and organise education.
           - D
ocumented ability to supervise Master´s and PhD students.
Five weeks´training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent.

  • An ability to interact with wider society and provide public information on current research and development.

  • An ability to work as a leader in higher education, including leading research projects and participating in decision-making bodies at university, faculty or department level.

An application for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer is to be submitted to the faculty at the latest 6 months before the appointment as associate senior lecturer ends. The application for promotion is to be judged by the teacher’s appointment board after acquisition of the opinion of at least two experts on the subject.

Design and content of the application
We would recommend you to write your application in English, since it will be assessed by international experts. The application should be formulated according to the Faculty of Science’s application instructions for teaching positions. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system.

The Faculty of Science offers a career programme for associate senior lecturers.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/611
  • Charlotta Turner, Professor, +46462228125,
  • Helen Johansson, Recruitment Officer, +46462223609,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46462229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46462229366
Published 07.Mar.2023
Last application date 30.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

Return to job vacancies