Assistant Professor in Applied Materials Science

Uppsala University Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Assistant Professor in Applied Materials Science with specialization in Additive Manufacturing for the Life Sciences

Published: 2020-10-22

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 materials science and engineering aims to be an environment for successful and valuable research and education with a focus on material science solutions for important social challenges. Our department offer an exciting place to work at with research in a broad technology related field, from basic research to large-scale applied research, and close contact with the students through the department's involvement in many engineering programmes. We are looking for talented and dedicated teachers, researchers and graduate students.

You will be based in Prof. Cecilia Persson's research group, which specializes in developing and evaluating new biomaterials for future use in primarily orthopedics (

The position includes work within AddLife, which is a newly funded VINNOVA Competence Centre that gathers more than 20 partners in academia, industry and the public sector to support competence development in additive manufacturing for the life sciences. The centre is led by Prof. Persson and is funded by academia, industry and VINNOVA in equal parts, with a total budget of approx. 100 MSEK and will run for 5 years in a first instance, between 2020-2024, and engage experts within academia and industry with a passion for 3D-printing with the ultimate goal of developing new technologies to improve people’s lives.

Description of subject area of the employment:

Additive Manufacturing has recently emerged as an attractive technology for enabling e.g. the development of new materials, as well as patient-specific design of implants. Additive manufacturing is relevant for all material categories. It can be used to develop materials and implants made of metals, polymers or ceramics as well as composites. It can also enable a direct 3D distribution of cells in a material, which could be an attractive alternative for not only future tissue regeneration, but also for creating more complex models for in vitro characterization. Indeed, in Additive Manufacturing for the Life Sciences, characterization of the biocompatibility of new materials and implants is of high importance. This position combines materials science with biology, with a specific focus on additive manufacturing for the life sciences.


  • Teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration as well as teaching and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Post-doctoral supervision may also be included.
  • 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 a certain budget responsibility as well as general project management. Collaboration with industry and participation in public outreach activities are expected.

Appointment Period:

The position can be held for a maximum of six years. An Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to Associate Professor. If the Assistant Professor is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board he/she shall be promoted to and employed as Associate Professor.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise in Materials Science, Biomaterials, Additive Manufacturing or in a similar field. Applicants who have obtained a PhD degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.
  • 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 should have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising five 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 / or 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 research expertise.

Research Expertise comprises research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. 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 biomaterials and biological characterization of materials and implants. Experience of these aspects in additive manufacturing is of special weight. Documented ability for productive research collaboration and ability to successfully lead projects will be given special weight.

Teaching Expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. 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 teaching in materials science, biomaterials or similar.

Administrative Expertise is important for the employment and will be given 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.

Collaboration Expertise is important and will be afforded 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.

Other Expertise: Considering the content of the research projects and the teaching, a master’s degree, or equivalent, in engineering with a specialization in materials science, materials engineering, material chemistry, material physics or similar is of merit.

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.

Further information

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.

University appointment regulations

Faculty appointment regulations

Instructions for application

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: January 1, 2020 or as otherwise agreed

Type of employment: Temporary full-time position six years.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Cecilia Persson ( or Dr Alexandra Davydova (

Please submit your application by December 3, 2020 at the latest, UFV-PA 2020/3338.

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Placement: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/3338

Last application date: 2020-12-03

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