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Uppsala: Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science

By Wuthrich

Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy, especially the Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy.

Duties: The primary duties associated with the position are teaching in theoretical philosophy, especially philosophy of science, at basic level, advanced level and the graduate level, as well as research. Teaching involves having main responsibility for courses, course administration, and supervision. One main responsibility is teaching philosophy of science at the Civil Engineering Program and to graduate students in research areas in the natural sciences. Teaching in other areas of theoretical philosophy will also be among the responsibilities. Further responsibilities include keeping abreast of developments within one’s own subject area and in the wider community that are of relevance for the work at the university. Administrative tasks, and duties that involve collaboration with the surrounding society are also among the responsibilities. Leadership duties can be among the administrative tasks.

Qualification requirements: Qualified for appointment as Senior Lecturer is a person who has been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research competence, has demonstrated teaching expertise and has the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well.

A prerequisite for having demonstrated teaching expertise is that applicants have completed teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least 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.

The documented ability to teach in Swedish or in English is a qualification requirement. The successful applicant would be expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Assessment criteria:

Scientific and pedagogical competence: In the selection among applicants, equal emphasis will be placed on scientific and pedagogical competence.

Scientific competence is a matter of research record. In the assessment of scientific competence, scientific quality will be the primary factor. The extent of the research output, primarily as regards depth and breadth, will also be deemed important. The ability to plan, initiate and lead research and education at the post-graduate level, ability to compete for research grants, and the capacity to cooperate with others inside the field and with the surrounding society is also of importance. In the assessment of scientific competence, what will be of special importance is research proficiency in theoretical philosophy, especially philosophy of science broadly construed.

Only applicants who can be regarded as nationally leading within the area the position is in, as regards scientific and pedagogical as well as other capacities, can be eligible for the position.

Pedagogical skills will be as carefully assessed as scientific skill. Pedagogical ability should be well documented so that also the quality can be assessed. In the assessment of pedagogical skill, pedagogical quality will be the most important factor. Extent, breadth and depth will also be of importance. The ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, as well as the ability to link the teaching to research will also be important factors. Experience of supervision at the basic, advanced and graduate levels will also be taken into account. When pedagogical skill is assessed, consideration of the ability to teach philosophy of science to students and PhD students in different disciplines will be a significant factor. Experience of teaching, research collaboration, prior education, etc., in the natural sciences or technology is a merit.

All skills should be documented in such a way that both quality and extent can be judged.

Administrative and other skills are of importance and will be a factor taken into account. The capacity to collaborate with the surrounding society and to inform about research and development will be taken into account. Administrative skills are demonstrated through the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in a way that is efficient and suited to the task at hand, as well as through the ability to set up and stick to time frames. Administrative skills also encompass general planning and the ability to work in a structured way in awareness of goals and quality. Leadership skills are demonstrated through the ability to lead projects and supervise personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, as well as to motivate and to provide others with working conditions such that common goals can be efficiently reached.

When the university hires new teachers the applicant is to be chosen who after a qualitative general assessment of competence and skill is deemed to have the best capacity to carry out and develop the tasks associated with the position and to contribute to positive development of the department’s activities.

Application procedure: An unstapled hard copy of the complete application shall be submitted, and contain:

- A list of qualifications and positions held, together with attested copies of grades and other documents cited.
– A brief summary of scholarship and teaching activities. Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that the applicant deems relevant should be indicated in the resume of qualifications and experience.
– A list of scholarly, teaching-related and popular works appealed to. The applicant is to select no more than 10 pieces of work that s/he deems most representative or relevant, and provide an explanation for selecting these for review.

In this recruitment procedure, the Appointment Committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and comments from referees. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees well-acquainted with the applicant’s professional accomplishments and capacities as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. his or her ability to co-operate with others, leadership skills and working methods. The works appealed to are at a later stage of the process to be sent to the external referees after communication from the faculty administrator. Information about the position can be provided by Professor Lars-Göran Johansson, acting Head of Department, phone +46 18-471 7361 ([email protected]).

Applications, marked with log number UFV-PA 2014/2011, should be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University and must reach the postal address: Registrar, P.O. Box 256, SE-751 05 Uppsala, SWEDEN, fax +46 18-471 20 00, e-mail [email protected], by Monday, September 15, 2014. If application is announced by fax or e-mail it is only to contain a brief cover letter. This must be followed by a signed original application within one week after the application deadline.

The university’s appointment regulations can be found at:

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