Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, especially Human-Technology-Organization
The deadline for applying to this position has passed.
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 Information Technology has approximately 300 employees and 4.000 students per year, and provides education and research of the highest international quality in Computer Science and its sub-disciplines. The strong focus on research provides an excellent foundation for undergraduate education at the department. The department also hosts several interdisciplinary research groups, and supports initiatives in the areas of equal opportunities and equality. Research is organised in five divisions. For more information, see www.it.uu.se.
At the Division of Visual Information and Interaction we gather a unique combination of expertise in computerized image analysis and human-computer interaction. In the discipline of human-computer interaction, the HTO group (Human-Technology-Organization) is the largest research group, with large undertakings in research and education, and the current position is to be placed within that group. Research in the HTO area currently covers a broad range of research topics, most of them focusing on the use of IT in working life. The HTO group’s operations are in an expansive phase, with several new courses on Master’s level and several research projects with applications primarily within the health care and transport sectors. More information about the HTO group can be found on https://www.htogroup.org.
Description of subject area of the employment: Human-computer interaction is an interdisciplinary research field focusing on analysis, design and evaluation of human interaction with computerised systems and artefacts, and digital technology in general, on individual-, group- as well as organisation levels. Within the HTO area, the research mainly concerns the use and development of IT in working life, and it covers diverse research areas such as cognitive work analyses, visualisation of complex information, e-health, organisational learning, medical informatics, complex systems in organisations, sociotechnical systems design, IT and ethics, resilience engineering and safety science. The research is about understanding the effects of IT systems on individuals and organisations, as well as design and deployment of IT-systems for work.
Theoretical approaches can be, but are not limited to, distributed cognition, action research and ecological psychology. The research is both theoretical and applied. The methodological approaches are often qualitative, but quantitative methods also apply.
The goal of the research is to contribute to the scientific body of knowledge through developments in method and theory within the subject discipline.
The goal of the teaching and education is to support students so that they develop the skills and competence they need from a broad perspective, including knowledge of how to use tools, as well as critical thinking.
- Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students.
- Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.
- The position may include management tasks in terms of project management and administration associated with research Projects.
- PhD 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 and 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 expertise 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 the use and development of IT for working life with a special focus on safety, efficiency, work environment and health, as well as organizational learning.
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. In assessing teaching expertise, special weight will be given to experience of teaching at different levels, as well as relevant merits from subject specific didactics. Special weight will also be given to experiences of developing and teaching courses in the HTO area, as well as from teaching project-based courses.
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.
Administrative Expertise is important for the employment and will be given consideration.
Management Expertise is important and will be afforded consideration.
Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Collaborative expertise is demonstrated by the ability and skill of planning, organizing and implementing interaction with the surrounding community. Popular science publications, public debate and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaboration are industrial cooperation and cooperation with authorities.
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.
An applicant who is offered an employment as Associate Professor can be promoted to Professor if he/she has applied for this, is qualified for such a post, and moreover has been deemed suitable on the basis of the specific criteria established by the faculty board.
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.
Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed
Type of employment: Permanent full-time position.
Scope of employment: 100 %
Please submit your application by September 25 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2506.
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Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/2506
Last application date: 2020-09-25
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