Professor of Speech and Language Pathology
Uppsala University Department of Neuroscience

Professor of Speech and Language Pathology combined with employment as a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Uppsala University Hospital

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.

More than 350 teachers, doctors, researchers, and doctoral students are active at the Department of Neuroscience in both basic and applied disciplines. The department operates both at the Biomedical Center and at the Uppsala University Hospital.

In addition to speech and language pathology, education and research are conducted in areas of importance for the position such as neurology, neurophysiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, physiotherapy, rehabilitation medicine, and are planned in occupational therapy. Clinical work is performed within the Department of Rehabilitation and Pain at the Uppsala University Hospital.


The duties of the position include the applicant’s own research in the subject area of speech and language pathology as well as construction and management of a research group in the field of speech and language pathology. Teaching and supervision in education at undergraduate, advanced, and doctoral levels are included, as well as related management and organizational tasks. The duties include clinical service and monitoring of the developments in the applicant’s own subject area in society at large and that are relevant for the work at the University. 

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for employment as a professor, the applicant must have shown both research and teaching expertise (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Under the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AR), having the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well is a general eligibility requirement for teachers.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a high international and national standard. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, have demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community must be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality and scope of their academic publications in publishing channels most relevant to the subject.  

Teaching expertise must have been demonstrated by educational and teaching qualifications (see Section 23 AR). Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision in the first, second and third cycles. A prerequisite for having demonstrated teaching expertise is that applicants have completed teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least ten 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. The teacher training must also include third cycle supervision.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish or English. If special reasons apply, a person who does not have the ability to teach in Swedish, can be expected to acquire this ability within two years.

A licence as a speech and language pathologists  is required to apply for this position.

Assessment Criteria:

Weight will be assigned to both research expertise and teaching expertise in connection with the appointment of this professorship, where particular importance will be assigned to research expertise. The assessment criteria will however be co-weighted in such a way that an applicant assessed as having much greater teaching expertise than an applicant who has slightly greater research expertise may be ranked ahead of the latter. Equally great care will be devoted to examination of teaching expertise and research expertise. Clinical expertise is also significant to the position and will be assigned weight.

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. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education in the third cycle, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community. See also Section 3 of Guidelines and Assessment Criteria for Recruiting and Promoting Teachers at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy (GA).

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. Furthermore, weight will be assigned to the applicant’s capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise. See also § 4 of RB.

Clinical expertise is important for the position and will be assigned weight. Clinical expertise is demonstrated through clinical work and clinical training as well as participation in clinical developmental work. Among other things, clinical developmental work involves efforts to improve or rationalise speech and language therapy.

When the University appoints new teachers, those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties at the Department of Neuroscience and to help advance operations.

Assessment criteria; other proficiency:

Administrative and management expertise are also significant to the position and will be assigned weight. The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community and to communicate information about research and development work will also be considered.

Management expertise is demonstrated through ability to lead activities and staff, make decisions, assume responsibility, motivate others and provide them with what they require for the effective achievement of common objectives. Ability to coordinate a group and to help generate a sense of commitment, enhance participation and enjoyment of work, and ability to deal with conflicts, are further examples of how expertise is demonstrated. See also § 5 of RB.

According to the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, administrative expertise is demonstrated through, for example, the capacity to plan, organise and prioritise work in a manner that is effective and adapted to the purpose, as well as the ability to specify and adhere to time frames. This form of expertise includes overall work planning; ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities; and ability to work in a structured manner and on the basis of an awareness of goals and quality. See also § 5 of RB.

The following applies under § 6 of RB: When assessing collaborative expertise, experience with and expertise in education and outreach, editorships and other activities related to knowledge exchange between the University and the surrounding community, as well as experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, shall be of significance.

The aspect of gender equality will be applied if, after an all-round qualitative assessment, two applicants of different genders have equivalent or virtually equivalent qualifications. The applicant’s parental leave, part-time work due to care of children or the like will be taken into account as qualifying work experience. 

Guidelines and assessment criteria

For instructions regarding applications for teaching positions, see: Career-portfolio Rules and guidelines

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

For further information about the position please contact: the Dean, Professor Karin Forsberg Nilsson phone +46(0)18-471 4158 e-mail: or the head of department Professor Finn Hallböök, phone. +46(0)18-471 4944, e-mail:

Please submit your application by 2 November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1092

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Placement: Department of Neuroscience

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Månadslön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1092

Last application date: 2020-11-02

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