Faculty of Health, Science and Technology

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Are you interested in teaching and research related to materials engineering in a team with advanced research in strong industry collaboration? If so, this is a good opportunity for you!

The Department of Engineering and Physics at the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology has an extensive activity in the fields of materials and mechanical engineering, covering both research and teaching. The department offers courses for the faculty’s Master and Bachelor degree programs in materials and mechanical engineering and the Bachelor program in innovation and design engineering. The department has a strong research activity in materials engineering focused on advanced steels and materials produced by additive manufacturing, within areas of fatigue and tribology. The relation between material’s microstructure and mechanical properties is studied through material analysis, mechanical testing and modelling. The research in mechanical engineering is focused on applied mechanics, as well there is production engineering with focus on lean production. National and international research collaboration is performed with university and industrial partners.

The department also has significant teaching and research activities in materials physics. Scientists in materials physics and mechanical and materials engineering together form a large research group in materials science prioritized by the university. Presently, the department has about 50 employees, including 9 professors, 9 associate professors, 3 senior lecturers, 7 doctoral students and 16 junior lecturers.

The main duties include teaching and research in materials engineering, and cooperation with industry and society. The teaching duties are mainly in engineering study programs with bachelor, master and research students. The teaching is in the materials engineering discipline. Teaching in selected fields of mechanical engineering may be required.

It is expected that the successful candidate will join and cooperate within the existing research work at the department, and also have the ambition to further develop a personal research profile and work in collaboration with industrial partners.

Duties also include administrative tasks and assignments within the university.

Qualification requirements
A Ph.D. degree in the field of materials engineering, or equivalent research qualifications, with focus on properties of engineering metallic materials is required for the position. Demonstrated teaching expertise in the field is also required, as well as is completed course in higher education pedagogy, or equivalent. This course may be completed within two years of employment as part of a competence development commitment. A further requirement is good communication skills in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria
Equal weight is given to teaching and research expertise.

Special weight is given to:

  • Experience of teaching in the field of materials engineering.
  • Experience of research in the field of materials engineering of relevance to the discipline´s research strengths. 

Considerable weight is given to:

  • Expertise in engineering materials structure and their mechanical properties, and proved scientific skills, for example by publications in international scientific journals.
  • Experience and insight regarding pedagogic development within the area of the position, and experience of development of study programs and courses on fundamental and advanced levels in materials engineering.
  • Experience of research projects in cooperation between academy and industry.
  • Ability to successfully apply for, and attract external research funding.

Weight is given to:

  • Experience of teaching and research in the field of materials engineering regarding materials characterization methods, FEM and material mechanics.
  • Experience of positions of trust within the academy.
  • Wide national and international network and own international experience within the area of the position.
  • Experience within the area of the position from non-academic employment.
  • Ability to teach in the Swedish language.

Karlstad University values personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate and establish good relations with colleagues and students, as well as the ability to work independently and to take initiatives.

Further information on eligibility requirements and assessment criteria is provided in the Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 4 and Karlstad University’s appointment regulations. 

Terms of Employment
The position is a full-time non-fixed term employment with starting date spring 2020 or by agreement.

The application must include well-documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application must be submitted no later than the application deadline. If your application is not complete, we may not be able to assess it qualitatively in all aspects.

The application must include:

  • Application letter with a short description of qualifications and research interests of relevance to the position
  • CV
  • Account of teaching and research merits
  • Certificate of completed course in higher education pedagogy, or equivalent
  • Brief account of experience of other activities and cooperation with other organizations
  • Brief account of leadership and administrative duties
  • Plans for future activities
  • List of publications (if co-authored, specify your contribution)
  • Copies of transcripts, degree certificates, relevant employment certificates and letters of recommendation
  • A maximum of ten research publications and a maximum of five works designed to convey information, e.g. text books, educational software or popular science articles.
  • Contact information of at least two references.

Submit your application via the university’s web based recruitment tool and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links). Three copies of submissions that cannot be sent electronically, such as books and publications, should be sent to:
Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad
State reference number REK2019/210

Last day of application: 2019-11-30

We welcome your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2019/210
  • Lars Johansson, head of department, +46 54 700 1677
  • Lasse Jacobsson, Director of studies, Lecturer, +46 54 700 1656
  • Jens Bergström, Head of subject, Professor, +46 54 700 1259
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 54 700 1714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46 54 700 1404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 54 700 1434
Published 24.Oct.2019
Last application date 30.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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