Senior Lecturer in terrestrial sedimentology and Quaternary geology

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The Department of Earth Sciences has approximately 75 employees. Our Department works to achieve diversity in the workplace and to create a family-friendly environment, and in addition, Sweden has generous family leave and childcare policies. The Department trains Earth scientists and geographers, who can meet the increased need for geoscientists and geographers in society. We have bachelor's and master's programs in Earth science and geography as well as postgraduate education with several different specializations (geology, physical geography, and geography). Our teaching gives students knowledge, understanding, skills and the ability to contribute to solving various geoscientific and geographical problems both within academia and in society. We also train high school and grade school teachers in the subject of geography. Our three priority research themes are "Climate and Climate Change", "Earth Surface Processes" and "The Geosphere". The University is further developing profile areas for the Faculty, where relevant areas are, for example, "Healthy Living Planet" and "Energy, Power and Matter for a Sustainable World". Further information is available on our website:

Description of the employment

The Department of Earth Sciences is looking for a Senior lecturer in terrestrial sedimentology and Quaternary geology. The main duties of this position are a combination of teaching and research. The teaching within the framework of this position must cover the subjects of sedimentology, Quaternary geology, and environmental geology. The research within the framework of this position should be focused on applied research questions more so than fundamental research questions.

Teaching is to be carried out in the Earth science programme at the bachelor's and master's level. Among the subjects to be taught are bachelor's level sedimentology, Quaternary geology, and natural resource management, with attention to applied aspects. In addition to classroom teaching, courses should involve lab work, field work, and excursions, as well as contact with external actors. The candidate must supervise thesis work at the bachelor's and master's level as well as doctoral students. The candidate must be able to teach in English and is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years after employment.

The candidate must develop their research area at the Department by carrying out independent and interdisciplinary research of a high international quality. A focus on research on terrestrial sediments and Quaternary deposits as well as related environmental questions is meritorious. The candidate is expected to actively apply for external financing to create, build up and support a research group. The candidate should have a broad background, strong contacts and cooperation both within and outside of academia. The candidate will conduct research complementary to and strengthen the existing activities and the research themes at the Department.

Some administrative duties (e.g., committee work and administration) are also part of the job assignments as well as competence development, and collaboration with the surrounding society. The distribution of time between research, teaching and other tasks follows the Department's strategy and is determined annually in an individual service plan. Candidates without university-level pedagogic training must participate in pedagogic courses for higher education within two years after employment.


Eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in Chapter 4, 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's own employment regulations. A doctoral degree or equivalent foreign degree in a subject area that is relevant to the employment is a requirement. The candidate must be scientifically qualified in the subject area, have good teaching ability and have a proven ability to obtain external research funding.


Assessment criteria for employment as a teacher are stated in Chapter 4, 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's own employment ordinance. Scientific and pedagogic skills shall, together and with equal weight, be given the greatest importance when assessing the applicant's competence. When assessing pedagogic skills, the candidate must demonstrate documented experience and the ability to successfully plan, carry out and lead teaching in the subjects mentioned in the "Description of the employment". The candidate is expected to have experience of different teaching methods, especially field-based teaching with a focus on regional geology. The successful candidate should incorporate applied aspects of the subject into their teaching as well as incorporate knowledge about external actors in the subject. As supervision of degree projects in the subject at all academic levels is also expected, documented successful experience in academic student supervision at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels is meritorious.

When assessing scientific competence, special emphasis will be placed on documented scientific competence within the area of terrestrial sedimentology and glacial Quaternary deposits. The assessment will be based on publication in international, peer-reviewed journals and documented success to obtain external funding from national and international funding agencies. Funding of applied research projects is meritorious. Documented experience of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects and collaborations is an advantage, as well as documented ability to collaborate with the surrounding society and to communicate about research and development work.

It is desirable that the candidate describes in their application how their research can be integrated within the Department and contribute to the Department's research themes. Assessment of the application will also be based on experience of and ability to collaborate with authorities, industry and other stakeholders. Documented administrative experience and leadership, including the ability to lead and develop personnel, is also meritorious. For employment, the applicant will be selected based on an overall assessment in the subject area and their abilities to carry out the tasks included in the employment, as well as the ability to collaborate with other staff and contribute to a positive development of the subject of Geology and the future of the Department.

Appointment procedure

The assessment process will include statements from external experts, interviews and trial lectures. The assessment of merits and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of absence should be stated in connection with the presentation of qualifications and experiences.


You apply for the job via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply Now" button. Attached to the application should be:

  • CV, including a complete list of publications and an account of the external funds received (with amounts and the applicant's role in the application).
  • Description of scientific qualifications and motivation for the selection of a maximum of ten scientific publications that you refer to in the application. Indicate your role and work effort for the selected publications.
  • Research plan with a description of ongoing and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to the employment (maximum three pages).
  • Report on pedagogical qualifications, with information on the scope and type of teaching and a statement on its quality. The report shall also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy.
  • Report on merits in management, administration and collaboration.
  • Complete electronic copies of your main publications (maximum ten).
  • Certificates and other documents that you wish to invoke.
We would like to see that your application is written in English as it may be reviewed by international experts with English as their working language. You as the applicant are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it is received by the University no later than the last day for application. The publications that cannot be attached to the application digitally must be sent in triplicate to:
University of Gothenburg
Faculty Office for Natural Sciences
Box 460
405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Attention: The academic appointments board

The university works actively for a work environment with equal conditions and values the qualities that diversity brings to the workplace. The Faculty of Science is actively pursuing gender equality and equal rights with the aim to attract, recruit, develop and retain talented employees and students based on equal, fair, and transparent processes, where skills are assessed and evaluated without bias. The university applies individual salary setting. According to the National Archives' regulations, the university is obliged to keep application documents for two years after the appointment decision. If you, as an applicant for a job, specifically request your documents back, they will be returned when the two years have elapsed, otherwise they will be thinned out.

posted: 26 August 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.