Associate Senior Lecturer, Physical Oceanography – University of Gothenburg

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The Department of Marine Sciences ( is Sweden’s most complete environment for marine research and education, and is one of only a few such organizations in Europe. The University of Gothenburg has excellent marine infrastructure facilities, including state-of-the-art instrumentation, two large research stations, and a new 49-m research ship that will come into service during 2019 ( The University’s researchers also have access to the icebreaker Oden for polar research ( The Department of Marine Sciences, which was formed in 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology and marine conservation. The department hence enjoys excellent conditions for addressing the challenges of the future within marine research and education. The department is host to the Centre for Sea and Society (, an entry point to all marine and maritime activities within the University of Gothenburg and the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure ( The Gothenburg area is a national hub for management of the sea, including being the location of the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (, hosted by the University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (

The Department of Marine Sciences is situated at and has permanent staff at three locations; in Gothenburg as well as at the research stations at Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the coast, north of Gothenburg.

Subject area

Physical Oceanography

Subject area description

The Department of Marine Sciences wishes to develop and strengthen its physical oceanography activities through a new appointment as Associate Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography. The strategy of the department includes developing collaboration between different specializations within marine sciences, and also working with the Sven Lovén Centre for marine infrastructure ( to further develop the infrastructure as a national and international resource for research and education.

Job assignments

The main task is to perform research and education within the broad field of physical oceanography. The successful candidate will develop a research program in her/his chosen research area, harmonizing with existing research at the Department. The research shall be conducted in independent projects led and initialized by the candidate, and demonstrate opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with other marine disciplines in the Department, as well as national and international collaboration. The candidate is expected to set up a research group in a relevant research area, including attracting external research funding.

The candidate is also expected to be actively involved in teaching within the marine sciences. This includes basic physical oceanography as well as physical aspects of multidisciplinary marine systems and fjord circulation. In addition, the position includes supervision of bachelor and master students in their degree projects, as well as doctoral students.

Other duties include creating and maintaining contacts with the surrounding society and may include serving on committees at the university.

The successful candidate is expected to teach in Swedish within two years. Masters level teaching is normally conducted in English due to the broad range of international student participants. If the candidate does not have the appropriate prior university teacher training, he/she is expected to undergo courses in teaching and learning in higher education. The university offers courses in Swedish, and teaching and learning in higher education.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in the Higher Education Ordinance. A doctoral degree in an area relevant for the position is required. In addition, the ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.


The assessment of applications will firstly be based on scientific proficiency, and secondly on pedagogical merits. Both will be assessed with the same care.

The scientific proficiency is assessed through well-documented scientific competence, including publications in leading international journals. There will also be assessment of ability to develop research activities, make presentations at conferences, and to carry out scientific assignments. A postdoctoral appointment and a track record in securing external funding are not mandatory but would strengthen an application.

The pedagogical merits are assessed through documented pedagogical experience, including teaching experience and any involvement in developing or enhancing courses, and successfully supervising master and bachelor students.

The overall assessment will include how the candidate’s research plans contribute to the strategy of the department. It will also take into consideration the ability to perform other duties associated with such appointment, collaborate with others and contribute to a positive impact on the general activities of the department. The assessment will have a significant focus on the candidate’s future potential.

Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) are taken into account in the assessment of qualifications, and must be specified in the presentation of credentials and experiences.


Type of employment: Six years fixed term position with the possibility of promotion to an open-ended appointment as Senior Lecturer
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Marine Sciences
First day of employment: As soon as possible

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, guest lectures, and/or research seminars. Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) will be taken into account in the assessment of qualifications and specified in relation to qualifications and experience.

For further information:

Regarding the position please contact Henrik Pavia, Head of Department,
Tel. +46 (0) 31 786 9685 or +46 (0) 766 22 9685.


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:

  • CV, list of publications, record of received research grants (with amounts).
  • Description of scientific expertise, and no more than 10 scientific publications that you want to refer to and a motivation for choosing these.
  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages) with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position.
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality.
  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the surrounding community.
  • Other documents that you wish 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: Jessica Selin
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2019-02-08

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