Associate Senior Lecturer in Climatology University of Gothenburg, Department of Earth Sciences Sweden

Associate Senior Lecturer in climatology


Diary id: PAR 2017/1076


Employment level: Time limited employment (temporary)


Location: Department of Earth Sciences


Apply by: 2018-02-15


The Department of Earth Sciences has 65 employees. The department has two subject areas (Physical Geography and Geology) in its teaching and research. The department curriculum is designed to train new generations of geologists, physical geographers and geographers. We have bachelor and masters programmes in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several Earth-science specialties. Our teaching give the students skills to solve geo-scientific problems in the society working for companies and authorities. Our strongest research areas lie within climatology, biogeochemisty, petrology/geochemistry and applied geoscience. The research strategy for the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.


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Subject area




Subject area description


Much of the department activity in physical geography is related to climatology. We are recruiting an Associate Senior Lecturer in climatology, focusing on one or more of the following fields: regional climate change, atmospheric circulation, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and surface processes in Asia and high-latitude regions.


Job assignments


The appointment as Associate Senior Lecturer (Swedish “biträdande universitetslektor”) represents the initial step of a tenure track system with the clear intention that the chosen candidate develops their strengths and independence as a researcher.


The duties of the position include developing your research area at the department by carrying out independent research at a high international level. Your research should complement and strengthen the existing research areas within climatology at the department. You are expected to actively apply for external financing to create, build up and support a research group. You are also expected to develop your research work cooperatively within the department and externally at the national and international level.


The work duties also include a small amount of teaching in courses such as meteorology, climate modelling and other related earth-system-science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes the planning and carrying out of such courses. In addition to classroom teaching, courses can involve field and lab work as well as cooperation with stakeholders in society. Additionally, you can be asked to supervise thesis work at the bachelors and masters level as well as to supervise doctoral students. It is essential that you create a good atmosphere in the classroom and that you take responsibility for assigned duties. You are expected to carry out the necessary administrative work for courses on the university web pages.


You are also expected to collaborate within the academia as well as with the surrounding society.


Candidates without university-level teacher training should participate in pedagogy courses for higher education within two years of hiring.


The successful candidate is expected to teach in Swedish within two years. The university offers courses to learn Swedish as a second language.




A PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position or equivalent scientific competence is a requirement. An applicant with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible. Preference is given to applicants who have been awarded a PhD degree, comparable foreign degree or achieved equivalent scientific competence no more than seven years before the expiration date of this announcement. Applicants who have obtained a doctorate earlier may also be given primary consideration if there are special reasons. Special reasons are leave of absence due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.


Ability to teach in English or Swedish is a requirement.




The assessment of your application will be based primarily on your scientific skill and secondarily on your pedagogical merits, which will be assessed with the same care.


When assessing scientific proficiency, emphasis will be placed on competence in climatology and especially within the research areas specified in the subject area description. The assessment will be based on publications in international journals with a peer review system. Quality and impact is more important than the total production of scientific publications. Documented success in attracting external funding in competition, experience from a new research environment after the PhD degree, and participation in national and international collaborative projects and networks are meritorious.


When assessing pedagogical proficiency, emphasis will be placed on the ability to successfully plan, perform and lead teaching as well as to develop courses. Documented ability to supervise students at different levels are meritorious.


It is also expected that the successful candidate has:


experience in global and/or regional climate modelling, and experience in using the NACR CCSM/CAM and/or WRF, especially WRF with data assimilation,


good computer skills, especially in a Linux/Unix environment, and proven skills in scientific programming with help of at least two of the following programs: Fortran, C/C++, Matlab, Python-script and Linus bash-script,


demonstrated experience with data visualization, and managing and analysing large datasets,


experience of collaboration with the surrounding society.


When appointing a member of faculty, the candidate who, after the overall assessment of proficiency and future capacity, is considered to have the best ability to perform the intended duties, cooperate with others, and contribute to a positive development of the department, is to be chosen. The overall assessment will also take into account the extent to which the candidate’s research plans are complementary to and strengthen the activities at the department.


Previous leave of absence due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances will be taken into account in the assessment and should be pointed out in connection with the list of merits and experience. 




Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg 

First day of employment: As soon as possible, as agreed


The position as associate senior lecturer is limited to four years and is defined as an appointment based on qualifications whereby the holder, if approved, is promoted to a permanent position as a Senior Lecturer. Criteria for promotion from associate senior lecturer to senior lecturer are established in ”Handläggningsordning för befordran från biträdande universitetslektor till universitetslektor vid Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten” (decision 2013-05-03,


Appointment procedure


The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the university, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of absence should be specified in the application.


For further information


Regarding the position, please contact Mark Johnson, Head of Department

+46 (0) 31 786 2808




Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply


In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Together with your application the following should be attached:


  • Cover letter.

  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants (with 

  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivated list of ten selected scientific publications. 

  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages). 

  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy. 

  • Description of experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the local community. 

  • Copies of the most relevant publications in full format (maximum ten publications). 

  • Certificates and other documents to be considered. 


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to: 


Faculty Office for Science 

Attn: Marie Emanuelsson 

University of Gothenburg 

Box 460 

S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden


The application is to be written in English.


Closing date: 15 February 2018


Additional information 


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The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.


Salary is determined on an individual basis.


Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned. 

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