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Associate Professor in Mathematics

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    Umeå universitet
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/05/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Umeå


We seek an Associate Professor in mathematics for a permanent post. Applicants are expected to strengthen our research in computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, or mathematical modelling and analysis. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021.


The Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics conducts research in computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematical modelling and analysis, as well as mathematical statistics. Our teaching activities encompass all levels and include mathematics, mathematical statistics and computational science. We are responsible for a five-year engineering program in industrial economics. We also run, in collaboration with neighboring departments, two cross-disciplinary research environments, Icelab (www.icelab.se) and UMIT Research Lab (www.org.umu.se/umit). With this recruitment, we aim to reinforce our teaching and research in mathematics.


The Associate Professor is expected to reinforce the department’s research activities in computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, or mathematical modelling and analysis. They are also expected to participate in our teaching activities in mathematics, including teaching and pedagogical development work at both the first cycle and the second cycle, as well as supervision and examination of degree projects. Supervision of PhD students and postdocs may also be part of the position. The associate professor is expected to participate in departmental activities in a broad sense. Applicants who do not speak Swedish at the time of employment are expected to learn this within five years from the start of employment.

Eligibility requirements

According to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person shall be qualified for appointment as Associate Professor if he or she within an area has demonstrated educational expertise and holds a doctorate or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regard to the subject area of the appointment.

The applicant should have a PhD degree in Mathematics or equivalent subject area relevant for the position or should have equivalent scientific competence. They should have a research profile that fits the departments research areas. Proficiency in both spoken and written English is required.

Assessment criteria and their weight

In the selection of candidates, particular emphasis will be put on the degree of scientific and pedagogical expertise, which will be given equal weight. In addition, the degree of administrative skill and other skills of importance will be considered.

Scientific expertise

Scientific expertise shall be demonstrated through independent scientific productivity. The criteria for assessment are:

  • breadth and depth of research – quality and scope
  • originality of research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • assignments within the research community
  • the ability to competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

Pedagogical expertise

The pedagogical expertise for employment as associate professor should be demonstrated by documented experience of teaching with scientific foundation at university level. The criteria for evaluation are:

  • an ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
  • an ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • a reflective approach to student learning and one’s own role as a teacher

Pedagogical expertise can be attained through education in university pedagogy, other education of relevance for teaching at a university level or documented and proven experience teaching at the university level.

Further qualifications

It is advantageous if the applicant can teach in Swedish.

Further details

The position is full time. The starting date is from spring 2022 or upon to agreement.

For the first three years, the employment comes with research and competence development time corresponding to 50 % of full time. After these three years, there is the possibility to apply in competition for up to 75 % research time from the faculty. At the department, there is also the possibility to apply for co-funding of PhD-student positions.


The application should preferably be written in English, and include the following items:

  1. Personal cover letter including contact details
  2. CV including accounts of development and management of activities and staff, and interaction with the surrounding community
  3. Publication list
  4. Account of scientific activity (see instructions in the link below)
  5. Presentation of educational activities (see instructions in the link below)
  6. Research plan (maximum 3 pages) describing the research that you wish to engage in the employment
  7. Certified copies of relevant degree diplomas
  8. Copies of at most ten research publications relevant to the position, numbered according to the publication list
  9. A list of two reference persons, including contact details

See instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe scientific and educational activities (pdf)

Applications should be made via e-recruitment system Varbi and be received no later than 2021-05-31.

More information

For further information, contact Associate Head of Department, Peter Anton, 090-786 63 99, peter.anton@umu.se, and/or Head of Department, Åke Brännström, 090-786 78 62, ake.brannstrom@umu.se.

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 34,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

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Offer Requirements

    Mathematics: PhD or equivalent
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EURAXESS offer ID: 630449
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