Position as Assistant Professor

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The Board of Research is advertising up to eight positions as assistant professor in medical science.

What does the funding entail?

The recipient department will be assigned a framework amount of SEK 1,000,000 per appointment per year for a maximum of four years. The funds are intended to finance full-time positions and are to be used for salaries.

The position as assistant professor is a fixed-term career-development position lasting a maximum of four years. The employment is to commence at the recipient department not more than twelve months after the decision has been made by the board. The employment is to be agreed with the recipient department, who are responsible for the salary.

A start-up grant for research is awarded applicants from other universities granted a position as assistant professor from the announcement. The applicant must not have an employment or activity at Karolinska Institutet by application deadline. The start-up grant is a non-recurring amount of SEK 750,000.

Eligibility

The applicant is to have conducted successful research of a high standard in recent years, and to show great potential for continuing to do so and for establishing his/her own research line.

The applicant is to have been published in internationally leading journals in his/her field in recent years, and occupied a prominent place in the list of authors, preferably as first author and senior author. The applicant must have potential as the principal applicant for obtaining good, preferably external financing.

Applicants must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence after 1 January 2010. Individuals who graduated earlier than 2010 may eligible if there is particular reason for them to claim deductable time, such as in the event of parental leave or sickness. Reason, dates and extent must be clearly specified in the application and verified with the relevant documentation.

To be eligible for a career-development position as assistant professor, a candidate must not hold, or have previously held an assistant professorship according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted by the recruitment system MyNetwork.

The application shall comprise the following documents, written in English:

  • A personal letter (uploaded in the recruitment system)
  • Application document (to be filled in and uploaded in the recruitment system)

For applicants at Karolinska Institutet there are instructions on how to create a pre-formatted list of publications from the bibliometric database.

Assessment process and assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed in four stages:

1. Assessment of eligibility

2. Prioritisation of the group of applications to be reviewed by external experts. 

Prioritisation of the approximately 40-50 applicants that will be sent for external review will be performed by an internal panel. The selection will be done according to an overall assessment of publication data, applicants's competence and project. Applications sent for external review will have no particular order of ranking and all publications will be assessed (not only the ones with a PMID).

3. Review by external experts. This review applies two assessment criteria and judged on a seven-point scale:

Applicant’s competence

  • Publications. What is the quality of the applicant’s previous publications and other scientific achievements in relation to the phase he/she is in in his/her career.
  • Academic studies and research merits. Does the applicant have adequate experience of research, competence and a scientific network and degree of independence sufficient for implementing the proposed project?
  • Funding. Has competitive funding been obtained?
  • Distinctions. National/international recognition. Has the applicant been invited to hold a lecture or presentation? Taken part in funding reviews or other assessments?

Scientific quality of project

  • Innovativeness/originality. Are there any particularly ambitious or unconventional aspects to the proposal (including multi- or interdisciplinary)? Will it open up fresh perspectives and opportunities for science?
  • Goals. Does the project have clear goals in relation to the latest scientific knowledge and techniques in the field?
  • Relevance and potential. In what ways is the proposed project important to the field? What impact will it have if successful?
  • Viability. Is the proposed project viable? Are the proper expertise, group members and established partnerships available and in place? If relevant, are proposed research methods, infrastructure, equipment and field work appropriate and available? Are the explanation and justification of the chosen method described in a relevant way and in relation to the scientific point of inquiry?
  • Methodology. Does the project include the use of new techniques/methods or the innovative application of existing methods/techniques in new fields?

4. Interviews with the 12-16 highest ranking applicants

Interviews are conducted by a panel comprising a chairperson and members from KI. The interviews address (assessed on a seven-point scale):

  • Applicant's competence (including independence)
  • Quality of performed research
  • Future potential and financing

​The internal review (interview and application) is given a 50 % weighting in the total assessment score.

Decision

The Board of Research decides which applicants are to be awarded a position as assistant professor based on the external review and interviews.

Preliminary schedule

Application period:  20 February - 20 March
Stages 1 and 2: March - June
Stage 3: June - August
Stage 4: October 9-10
Decision November

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