The subject covers organic chemistry and its applications in biologically relevant areas with a special focus on the structure and function of biomolecules.

A position as an Associate Professor (university senior lecturer) in organic chemistry is declared vacant at the Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala.

Together with the Departments of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Plant Biology, and of Aquatic Resources, the Department of Molecular Sciences forms an inspiring research environment at the BioCenter on the Ultuna campus in Uppsala. At the Center, there is expertise in chemistry, biotechnology, plant biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, food science, computational genetics and aquatic ecology as well as strong infrastructure such as plant cultivation facilities, advanced microscopy and molecular biology, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. The Department of Molecular Sciences conducts research and teaching in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Exciting research projects are conducted in collaboration with other research groups and with the industry in areas such as plant metabolomics, searching for new antibiotics from the plant kingdom, early diagnosis of diseases with a focus on their connection to diet, and mechanisms behind the action of antiviral drugs.

The department has a comprehensive teaching assignment in the subjects of chemistry, food science and microbiology at both undergraduate and advanced level as well as postgraduate education. Teaching takes place largely in bachelor’s and master’s programs that can lead to an agronomy degree, but also in several other programs.

BioCenter is part of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science (NJ), which conducts research, teaching and environmental analysis in agriculture and the environment in the view of Agenda 2030 and the UN’s goals for sustainable development. The location at SLU means access to an attractive research environment with a unique breadth and thereby the opportunity for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations with research groups in other disciplines such as technology and social sciences.

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Subject area

The subject covers organic chemistry and its applications in biologically relevant areas with a special focus on the structure and function of biomolecules.


The candidate should within the subject area:

  • develop and lead successful research in chemistry, specifically organic chemistry
  • teach, develop and lead teaching in organic and natural product chemistry at basic, advanced and research level
  • contribute to the development of the postgraduate subject chemistry
  • supervise doctoral students
  • collaborate in the subject both within the department and with other departments at SLU
  • provide advice on structure determination of biomolecules using NMR and / or mass spectrometry
  • develop and maintain national and international networks with researchers, industry and stakeholders
  • communicate about research and research results to the surrounding society
  • seek external research funding in competition.


The successful candidate shall:

  • have completed a doctoral degree in organic chemistry
  • be scientifically skilled in the subject of employment
  • have a good knowledge of English
  • be pedagogically skilled
  • be able to teach in Swedish.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for employment shall primarily apply to the degree to which the candidate possesses the qualifications required for the position.

The assessment of research expertise will take into account the following:

  • completed research efforts and ongoing research
  • ability to independently initiate and conduct innovative research
  • external research funds obtained in competition.

The assessment of teaching expertise will take into account the following:

  • planning, implementation and examination as well as evaluations of own teaching
  • supervision and examination at doctoral student level
  • ability to integrate research and a scientific approach in the pedagogical work.

Furthermore, the assessment will consider the applicant’s expertise in:

  • develop and lead activities and staff within the academy / university
  • communicate and collaborate
  • collaborate with external stakeholders and the surrounding community
  • inform / communicate about research and development work.

When assessing the candidate’s qualifications, equal attention will be given to teaching and research expertise respectively.

Specific competence in analytical methods with relevance to the overall subject organic chemistry is particularly meritorious.

Good knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

In addition to the qualification requirements, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s personal suitability and abilities.

This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at

Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more about moving, living and working here at

Application deadline


Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden



Form of employment

Permanent employment

* Swedish: ‘universitetslektor’, a tenured position approximately equivalent to Senior Lecturer (UK) or Associate Professor (US). The successful applicant will be employed as Senior Lecturer.

Starting date

By agreement.


Use the document Application guidelines for appointment as professor, senior lecturer or associate senior lecturer at SLU as guide when you fill in your application.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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