Associate Professor in Chemistry with specialization in batteries
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.
The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 250 employees and has a turnover of 250 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master's programs. More information is available on our website.
The Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory has for many years hosted a research environment focused on the development of materials and their applications within the energy storage area: the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre. We develop novel electrode and electrolyte materials, characterise them, evaluate and improve them with respect to battery performance, and study fundamental chemical processes and properties using both experimental and computational techniques. The research is, as such, both fundamental and applied.
A new master programme in Battery technology and energy storage will start autumn 2022 at Uppsala University. This current position is announced to certify teaching capabilities at this programme. We are therefore looking for candidates with exceptional capabilities to train the next generation for Swedish battery industry and related sectors, e.g. electric vehicles.
Description of subject area of the employment: The subject area for this position is research and teaching on rechargeable batteries. The field of rechargeable batteries is constituted on the borders of materials chemistry and electrochemistry, but also strongly connected to physical chemistry, analytical-chemistry methods, and broadly to relevant inorganic and organic systems applied in batteries. Batteries will be treated at component, cell and system levels. Both fundamental and applied aspects are of interest, as is experimental activities and modelling. Li-ion batteries are central within the area, but alternative battery chemistries are also important.
- Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The teaching will primarily have a focus within the Li-ion battery area and for other batteries with high energy density, but will also include teaching widely in the field of chemistry. Especially teaching within process chemistry of battery fabrication, battery safety and electrochemical modelling is foreseen.
- 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 course responsibilities and other administrative duties within teaching. Collaboration with battery industry may be included.
- The teaching duties are estimated to ca. 50 % of a full employment.
- PhD in Chemistry or Chemical engineering 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 and teaching expertise, of which weight will be primarily given to teaching expertise.
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 attached to research merits in the chemistry of rechargeable batteries, where research merits regarding primarily Li-ion batteries are important, secondly solid-state batteries, and thereafter batteries not based on lithium. Research merits in electrochemistry and materials chemistry and associated analytical tools are of importance.
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 attached to merits in rechargeable batteries, where particular competencies in chemical engineering and technical electrochemistry are considered a merit. Teaching administration is of importance, likewise student-activating teaching methods and teaching involving collaboration with industry.
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 high consideration. Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organise, and prioritise work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality. Administrative expertise also includes entrepreneurship.
Management Expertise is important and will be afforded high consideration. Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.
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 publications, public debate and lectures are examples of forms of interaction with the surrounding community. Other examples of collaboration are patent applications, commercialization and industrial cooperation. The ability to translate knowledge sharing with the surrounding community into activities of importance to the education's development and quality is part of the collaboration 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.
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.
For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Daniel Brandell, 018-4713709, Daniel.Brandell@kemi.uu.se
Type of position: Permanent full-time position, probationary period may be applied.
Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.
Please submit your application by February 25 2022, UFV-PA 2021/4743.
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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory
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 2021/4743
Last application date: 2022-02-25
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