Associate Professor in Hydrology (especially Surface Water Modelling)

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪

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 Earth Sciences is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department’s programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). Please see more at

The successful candidate will join the research program Air, Water and Landscape Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. A strong engagement with the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) is also envisaged.

Description of subject area of the employment: The position has a focus in surface water hydrology with emphasis on modelling and analysis of hydrological processes, extremes, risks and human-water interactions.

Duties:  The position involves teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Teaching includes courses with a hydrological focus within the Bachelor’s program in Earth Sciences, the Master’s programs in Earth Sciences as well as the master’s program in Environment and Water Engineering. The holder shall also follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in hydrology, environmental analysis, water resources management or related fields. 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 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 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 water-related hazards, such as floods or droughts. Experience in hydrological modelling and GIS analysis of remote sensing data is a merit.

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 the field of environmental analysis, surface water hydrology, fluid mechanics and hydrological measurement techniques. Experience of teaching in hydrological engineering is desirable. Supervision and examination of master and degree projects are meritorious.

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.

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Instructions for application

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 2022-08-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

Number of positions: at least 1

Working hours: 100%

For further information about the position, please contact:

Prof. Giuliano Di Baldassarre, [email protected],

Prof. Veijo Pohjola, [email protected], head of the research program Air, Water and Landscape Science,

Rickard Pettersson, [email protected], director of studies.

Please submit your application by 22 of September, UFV-PA 2021/2825.

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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
ST/TCO [email protected]
Saco-rådet [email protected]

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2825

Last application date: 2021-09-22

2 days remaining

Apply by 22 September, 2021