General information about Malmö University
Malmö University, located in the centre of Malmö, is an innovative, urban, and international institute of higher education, with about 1800 employees and 24000 students. Research and education at the University are characterised by the urgent demands of contemporary society — to contribute to sustainability and equality, based in rigorous science, in close co-operation with external partners and stakeholders, prioritising and addressing the challenges of the future. Faculty and students work collaboratively to acquire, share, and disseminate knowledge, in order to understand, explain and develop societal circumstances — locally as well as globally.

Faculty of Health and Society
Education and research activities are guided by the vision of promoting health and broad participation. The Faculty strives to align several fields of research that focuses on societal issues within health and social care, while appropriate professional qualification programmes provide healthcare, social care, and also trade and industry with competent staff. Read more about the Faculty of Health and Society here.

Department of Biomedical science
The Department of Biomedical Science offers a programme leading to a professional qualification, Biomedical Scientist (first cycle, 180 credits), and a Masters’ programme, Biomedical Surface Science (second cycle, 120 credits), as well as first and second cycle freestanding courses. The Department negotiates the multifaceted intersection between biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology and the interdisciplinary approach to research and education aims to further the theoretical and practical understanding of the complex subject matter. Drawing on the balance between pure and applied research, the Department has been successful in attracting funding from regional, national, and international research funding bodies. In addition, in the pursuit of possible applications, several industry funded contract research projects are currently running at the department.

About the position
The position as associate senior lecturer is intended to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to develop their independence as researchers and advance their research and teaching expertise for the purpose of enabling them to fulfil the requirements for appointments as senior lecturers. This is a tenure-track position which can be held for a maximum of four years. An associate senior lecturer who meets the qualification requirements for employment as senior lecturer has the right, upon application, to be considered for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer (see below).

The position duties include not only research, but also teaching within the programmes and courses offered by the Department, specifically regarding courses in alignment with the topics Biophysics and/or Surface and Colloid Chemistry, specifically related to neutron and X-ray methodologies to study biomolecules in solution, as dispersions, and on surfaces. Teaching duties include course coordination, supervision, course administration, and various managing tasks. The overall four-year research teaching ratio should be 3 to 1. Additional duties include responsibility for the appropriate equipment and to serve as a liaison between national and international researchers, current beamlines, and industry users.

In order to qualify for appointment as associate senior lecturer, the applicant must have:

  • Obtained a PhD in Biomedical science or other relevant discipline no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline for the appointment. Applicants who obtained their PhDs more than 5 years prior to the application deadline may be considered under special circumstances, including sick leave, parental leave, clinical work, duties as a union representative or other similar circumstances.

The following qualifications are considered particular strengths:

  • Documented experience of teaching, supervision, and research in the areas of Biophysics and/or Surface and Colloid Chemistry, specifically related to the study of biomolecules using neutron and X-ray methodologies.

Among candidates meeting the above criteria, the following criteria are used as necessary for further differentiation:

  • Experience in teaching in English
  • Experience in operation and development of neutron and X-ray methodologies, and related methodologies (e.g. deuteration, analysis tools) for the study of biomolecules
  • Experience in the study of lipids, proteins and their dynamic interactions
  • Experience in collaboration with national and international research entities, beamlines, and industry, within the current research field
  • Completed postdoctoral employment or postdoctoral stay after graduation

Assessment criteria
When selecting among qualified applicants, particular importance will be attached to scientific skill. With reference to the nature of the employment of merit employers, the applicants' scientific and educational qualifications will be judged primarily in qualitative terms, where emphasis will be placed on a clearly developed and independent research profile after dissertation. A quantitative advantage of an applicant, which can be explained by the fact that an applicant has been active for a long time, should therefore not be decisive.

Scientific proficiency: Scientific proficiency refers to research qualification. In assessing the scientific skill, particular emphasis will be placed on research studies that show that the applicant has a solid knowledge in Biomedical science with a focus on studies of biomolecules using neutron and X-ray methodologies). In assessing scientific skill, first and foremost, scientific quality will be taken into account. The scope of research will also be important.

Educational skills: The applicant's educational skills are also important in the assessment. Educational skills relate to education and teaching qualification, and in particular educational quality will be taken into account. Even scope, both width and depth, will be given importance. Teachers at Malmö University are expected to have at least 15 higher education credits as soon as possible.

Administrative and other skills are important for the employment and will be given weight. Administrative skills are shown, inter alia, by the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work effectively and for the purpose. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the ability to interact both internally and in terms of the rewarding society.

Professor Thomas Arnebrant,, tel 040 6657927,
Head of department Zoltan Blum,, tel 040 6657818.
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You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “apply/ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete according to the adverted position and your application must be received no later than 2019-01-20.

The application consists of the following elements:

  • A complete résumé.
  • Copies of relevant certificates.
  • A research plan highlighting scientific and other activities of particular significance for the position (up to four pages)
  • A statement on pedagogical philosophy and intent (up to four pages)
  • A list of scientific and pedagogic works
  • Copies of selected scientific and pedagogical works (up to three of each)
  • Reference

The educational qualifications can be documented with guidance from Malmö University's merit portfolio for teachers / researchers (Link to Merit Portfolio) See also Malmö University's Employment Scheme (Link to Employment Order). Books and any other documents (publications) that cannot be sent electronically must be sent in envelopes marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/269, in triplicate to the HR department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the documents weigh more than 2 kg, they must be sent to the delivery address: HR department, Malmö University, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/269.

Additional information
The post is fixed-term in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance for at least 4 years with the possibility of promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer. Your application will be handled by our internal hiring board and also assessed by external.

For promotion to university lecturer
A associate lecturer employed at Malmö University shall, upon application, be promoted to lecturer, if the requirements for eligibility as a lecturer are deemed to be met.

Eligibility for promotion to the lecturer in accordance with current employment regulations:

  • Have a Swedish or a foreign doctorate or equivalent academic qualification or have other professional skills relevant to the content of the employment and the duties included in the employment.
  • Proven pedagogical skills through the ability to develop, implement and lead education
  • Demonstrated the ability to interact with the surrounding community and to inform about the activities in the area of ​​responsibility

Malmö University is a place of work and a university that is characterized by an open and inclusive approach, where equality and equal opportunities add value to our business.
Malmö University applies individual payroll.

Starting date
By agreement

Union representatives
SACO-S: Ann-Mari Campbell,
Lärarförbundet: Carl-Erik Blomberg,
OFR/S (ST): Naser Eftekharian,


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