1-2 Associate Professors in Meteorology

Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. For more information see www.geo.uu.se

The holder of this position will join the Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science which encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental assessment, and physical geography. The meteorological research today in this programme covers a wide range of topics: climate and climate extremes, boundary-layer meteorology, renewable energy, air-water interaction, arctic meteorology and the carbon cycle. We are now looking for a person to add to and complement the already existing competences within the group.

Description of subject area of the employment: The successful candidate will join the research programme Air, Water and Landscape Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. For this position we are looking for candidates with competences in either or both of: 1) Atmospheric chemistry, including atmospheric aerosols and dispersion modelling; 2) Numerical modelling of the atmosphere for weather prediction, including applications of machine learning. Equal weight is given to both subject areas.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The holder of the position is primarily expected to teach courses within meteorology at the Bachelor and Master in Meteorology educational programs and the programme for environmental and water engineering.
  • Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.
  • Duties also include actively applying for external research funding.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in Meteorology or related discipline or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise.
  • Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.
  • Applicants must have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising ten weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be completed during the first two years of employment.
  • Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.
  • Personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight.

Research Expertise comprises research merits. In addition to academic merits, research merits from other activities, including technology development, may also be taken into account including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing research expertise special weight will be given to research merits in either or both of: 1) Atmospheric chemistry; 2) Numerical modelling of the atmosphere. Equal weight is given to both subject areas. For 1), this includes expertise in atmospheric aerosols, air quality, modelling and/or measurements of transport processes. For 2) this includes expertise in development of numerical models for weather prediction, ensemble modelling and/or machine learning approaches for weather predictions.

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside the academy through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc. In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, must also be afforded consideration

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise.

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope. In filling this position the university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Further information

In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience.

  • University appointment regulations
  • Faculty appointment regulations
  • Instructions for application

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Anna Rutgersson telephone 471 2523, e-mail anna.rutgersson@met.uu.se, and Professor Veijo Pohjola Telephone 471 25 09, e-mail veijo.pohjola@geo.uu.se.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Starting date: 2021-06-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Permanent full-time position.
Scope of employment: 100%

Please submit your application by January 21, 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4068.

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

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Type of employment: Permanent position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: 2021-06-01 or as otherwise agreed
Salary: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Uppsala
County: Uppsala län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: UFV-PA 2020/4068
Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se
Last application date: 2021-01-21

posted: 18 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.