Senior Lecturer in Medical Technology specialising in computer-assisted surgery, potentially combined with a position at Uppsala University Hospital
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
Uppsala has a proud tradition of research in the area of medical engineering. The modern pregnancy test was developed at Uppsala University Hospital, and the micromechanical sensor for measuring blood pressure in the coronary vessels (arteries and veins of the heart), routinely used in cardiac diagnostics, originated at Ångström Laboratory. In image processing and radiation physics, many years’ research and development have given rise to the Skandion Clinic, the first clinic for proton therapy in Scandinavia, which enables cancer to be treated effectively and less invasively than with traditional radiation therapy. The Swedish medical engineering industry is world-leading in many areas, employs some 20,000 people and has an annual turnover of some SEK 60 billion. Good collaboration among the healthcare services, the business sector and academia has been a basic precondition for these historical successes.
Medical engineering, an interdisciplinary technological research and innovation area, calls for medical and clinical skills. Research in medical engineering is not owned by any specific academic discipline; its broad span covers research areas in science, engineering, technology and medicine. Medical engineering encompasses sensor technology, image processing, IT systems, applications and advanced equipment for radiation, minimally invasive surgery and life-support systems.
To form a strong, unified profile area from activities that are dispersed at present, Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital have jointly opted for a long-term, cross-faculty initiative in medical engineering. Uppsala Centre for Medical Engineering (UPPMED) has been established to link issues of basic science in medical engineering to existing medical care needs. Various strategic fields of medical engineering have been identified, and the ambition is for the Centre to engage outstanding researchers to initiate and head research projects in these fields.
Description of subject area
Computer-assisted surgery entails applying various computerised technologies in planning and implementation of complex surgical procedures. Examples are systems for virtual surgical planning and use of guides or navigation to convey the virtual plan to the operative stage. The main purpose of these technologies is to enhance precision and reproducibility in surgical interventions. Another aim is for a better-prepared and more automated means of performing surgery to shorten operating times. Systems for designing patient-specific implants are a further example; here, image analysis, computer simulations and additive manufacturing are often combined to obtain desired implant designs. All in all, we see major potential for better outcomes and fewer complications for patients. The area is developing fast. Groups and projects at Uppsala University are well ahead in developing systems for virtual surgical planning that apply three-dimensional visualisation, haptic technology and implant design. With the new Centre initiative described above, prospects for further development of this area will improve further.
The position includes research, teaching and administrative work. A teacher’s duties also include monitoring developments in the appointee’s own subject area and those in society at large with a bearing on the work. The position holder must assist in teaching on courses at basic (first-cycle, Bachelor) and advanced (second-cycle, Master) level. The duties include helping to develop the strategic area of medical engineering by conducting one’s own research, supervising researchers and developing postgraduate research training.
The duties include contributing to work on UPPMED.
Depending on the applicant’s skills, it may be possible to combine employment as Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University with a position at Uppsala University Hospital. In this case, the duties will include clinical work.
Under the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, to be eligible for a Senior Lecturer appointment, the candidate must both have demonstrated skill as an educator and obtained a doctorate, or possess corresponding academic proficiency or some other professional expertise with a bearing on the position, in terms of its subject content and the duties it includes. Under the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, eligibility for a Senior Lecturer appointment requires the candidate to have completed ten weeks’ teacher training relevant to work at the University or acquired corresponding knowledge. If special reasons apply, the academic teacher training may be implemented during the first two years of the position. Under Uppsala University’s Appointment Regulations, another general eligibility requirement for teachers is that they must have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well.
The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English, unless special reasons exist. The position holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.
For a combined appointment, the applicant must fulfil the eligibility requirements for each position concerned. Please, see http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/english for information the eligibility requirements for clinical positions in Sweden.
Research and teaching expertise
In the selection from eligible applicants, weight will be assigned primarily to both research and teaching expertise, which are considered equally important. In assessment of research expertise, quality of scholarship will be the primary consideration. The scope of the candidate’s research, mainly in terms of depth and breadth, will also be considered important. Ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education at postgraduate level, capacity to obtain research funding on a competitive basis and a demonstrated ability to interact with others both within the discipline concerned and with the community at large will also be given weight.
As much care will be devoted to the review of teaching expertise as of research expertise. Teaching expertise is a matter of qualifications in education and teaching. Proficiency in teaching may have been attained in the employment sector, through supervision, training of internees, mentorship programmes and the like.
In assessment of teaching expertise, the quality of teaching will be the primary consideration. Scale, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be considered important. Moreover, the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, and also to connect the teaching with research, on the basis of research in the subject concerned, as well as skill in subject didactics and academic teaching theory and practice, will be given weight. A capacity for interaction with colleagues in and outside the University concerning academic teaching issues is also included in teaching expertise.
Administrative expertise is important for this position and will be given weight. Entrepreneurship also shows administrative skill. Expertise in administration is shown in, for example, an ability to plan, organise and prioritise work efficiently and in a manner suitable for the purpose concerned, and through a capacity to specify and adhere to time limits. Administrative skill also includes overall work planning and the ability to manage resources in a way that reflects work priorities. It also involves being able to work in a structured manner, based on awareness of aims and quality requirements.
Management expertise is important for the position and will be given weight. Management expertise is shown by being able to lead work and staff, make decisions, take responsibility, motivate others and provide them with what is necessary for efficient attainment of common goals. Ability to coordinate groups, to help create a sense of commitment, involvement and enjoyment of work and to deal with conflicts are further examples of demonstrated expertise.
Clinical expertise may become important for the position and will therefore be given weight. Clinical expertise is demonstrated by means of clinical work, clinical training and participation in clinical development. Clinical development entails such work as measures that have improved healthcare or made it more efficient.
All qualifications must be documented to enable both quality and scope to be assessed.
In this recruitment, the University will give primary consideration to the candidate who, following an overall qualitative assessment of expertise and skills, is judged to have the best prospects of implementing and developing the duties concerned and contributing to favourable development of the work.
Parental leave, part-time work due to child care, trade union positions, military service and similar commitments are considered as employment experience and should be specified in the applicant’s list of qualifications.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Pay: Individual salaries
Organisational placement: At the Department of Information Technology or Department of Engineering Sciences, with the organisational position to be decided at the time of recruitment.
Starting: As agreed
Type of employment: Permanent employment.
Working hours: 100 %
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-06-04, UFV-PA 2017/876.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy
Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Marie Ols, TCO/ST 018-471 2459
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/876
Last application date: 2017-06-04