Professor of Geography
Uppsala University

Professor of Geography

Published: 2024-03-06


The department produces world class research and education within the field of social and economic development, structural transformation and the relationship between humans and nature. Research is underpinned by a shared belief in the importance of space and place in shaping the world around us and is characterized by considerable thematic, theoretical and methodological breadth, while being organized into five broad research groups or ‘clusters’: Global Processes and Local Worlds, Place and Identity, Space and Economics, Environment and Landscapes, and Geospatial Analysis.

We seek an internationally-recognized scholar producing cutting-edge scholarship that will deepen our research, doctoral training, and education in the above areas while also pushing the department’s research profile in new directions.

Overall responsibility for research and third-cycle (doctoral) education in the field and its development. Teaching and supervision in courses and programmes at all levels. Own research. The faculty’s ambition is that the appointee will be able to dedicate 50 percent of their working hours to their own research. In addition, the appointee will be eligible for a paid sabbatical of one semester, currently every six years. Information about research and development work and participation in, planning and leadership of research projects (including applications for research funding). Duties of an administrative nature, including management roles at department and other levels at Uppsala University, may also occur.

Required qualifications
A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research contributions and by achievements that are of very high quality by international standards. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading and developing research; an ability to obtain research funding in competition; and well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle (doctoral) students.

Teaching expertise must be demonstrated by an extensive educational portfolio. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision at first-cycle (undergraduate) level, second-cycle (Master’s) level and third-cycle (doctoral) level, and must otherwise meet the requirements laid down in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (Section 32) and the Faculty of Social Sciences Supplementary Guidelines (section 2b).

The teaching expertise, research expertise and professional skill must be relevant to the subject matter of the position and the duties that the position will involve.

To meet the qualification requirements, applicants must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish or English.

As stipulated in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, one general qualification required for teaching staff is that applicants must be able to work with other people and otherwise meet the demands of suitability required to perform their duties well.

Assessment criteria: research and teaching expertise
The assessment criteria used in the appointment of a teacher at Uppsala University will be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

When making an appointment to this professorship, weight will be primarily given to research and teaching expertise, with particular attention being given to research expertise. However, in an overall assessment of the criteria, an applicant whose teaching expertise is deemed far superior to that of an applicant with slightly superior research expertise may be ranked ahead of the latter applicant.

In assessing research expertise, research quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the research, in terms primarily of its depth and breadth, will also be taken into account. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community will be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of their scholarly publications in the most relevant publishing channels for the subject. The international track record required will be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research contributions that both qualitatively and quantitatively considerably exceed that which is required for docent status.

The applicant must normally have been principal supervisor of at least one doctoral student up to and including the thesis defence, unless there are special grounds otherwise.

In assessing research expertise, particular weight will be given to the proven ability to shape research trajectories in one or more of the department’s research clusters while possessing the potential to develop the department’s research profile in new directions.

Teaching expertise will be evaluated as carefully as research expertise. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be taken into account. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, as well as the ability to base teaching on research in the subject concerned, subject didactics, and teaching and learning in higher education.  The department offers courses in general geography, human geography, and urban and regional planning.  Experience teaching in all of these areas will be considered a merit.

Assessment criteria: other expertise
In addition, the assessment will take into account the degree of administrative and other expertise that is relevant with regard to the subject matter and duties of the position. Attention will also be paid to team-working abilities and skill in developing and leading activities and staff, and the potential to contribute to synergies within and beyond the department. Further, attention will be paid to the ability to collaborate with the wider community and to communicate research and development issues.

Experience of management responsibility, demonstrated by responsibilities at department level or similar, is regarded as a valuable qualification.

When the University appoints new teachers, it will select the applicants who, upon a qualitative overall assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to perform and develop the duties concerned and to contribute to the positive development of the department/equivalent.

Qualifications must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both their quality and their scope.

In this recruitment, the recruitment committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and references. Applicants should therefore provide a list of reference persons who can shed light on the applicant’s professional proficiency and personal qualities that are relevant to the position, e.g. team-working abilities, leadership abilities and working methods.

Personal circumstances (parental leave, part-time employment because of childcare, union responsibilities, military service, etc.) that may be considered to the applicant’s advantage when evaluating qualifications should be taken up in connection with the account of qualifications and experiences.

Application process: A complete application is to be submitted via Uppsala University’s recruitment system and should comprise:

  • Letter of application
  • List of attachments
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Presentation of research qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Presentation of educational qualifications
  • Presentation of other qualifications
  • Scholarly (maximum 10) and (if any) educational publications cited
  • List of reference persons (name, contact details, previous working relationship)

Instructions for drawing up the application
are available in Faculty of Social Sciences Supplementary Guidelines (section 6a).

Please note: The application, including attachments, is to be submitted electronically in the recruitment system Varbi. Any publications cited that are not available in electronic format should be sent in triplicate to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Mark the package with the reference number UFV-PA 2023/4977.

For further information, see Uppsala University’s Appointment Regulations and section 2b in Faculty of Social Sciences Supplementary Guidelines.

About the position
The position is permanent and full-time. Starting date by agreement. Placement: Uppsala  

Further information about the position is available from: Professor Don Mitchell, mobile +46 704250145, e-post

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to: Faculty Officer Ellinor Fiebranz Andersson, tel. +46 18-471 28 28, email, and Faculty Officer Karin Andersson Schiebe, tel. + 46 18-471 61 22, email

We look forward to receiving your application by May 6 2024, UFV-PA 2023/4977.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Uppsala University is a broad research university with a strong international position. The ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a difference in society. Our most important asset is all of our 7,600 employees and 53,000 students who, with curiosity and commitment, make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces.

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Placement: Department of Social and Economic Geography

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Individual wage setting

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/4977

Last application date: 2024-05-06

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