Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Animal Breeding, with Special Emphasis on Sustainable Animal Production

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Animal Breeding, with Special Emphasis on Sustainable Animal Production

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

Subject description

The subject covers breeding in populations of animals used for food production, including the development of breeding goals and breeding programmes for a sustainable utilization of farm animals. The specialization within the subject covers sustainable animal production and involves interdisciplinary work and a systems perspective regarding how farm animals can contribute to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The applicant will be expected to:

  • develop and lead internationally successful research,
  • develop, lead, and participate in teaching at first, second and third cycle levels,
  • develop and maintain national and international networks within academia, relevant public authorities, industry, organisations and society at large,
  • collaborate with other SLU research teams to strengthen interdisciplinary activities at the university,
  • collaborate with industry and other external stakeholders to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals,
  • apply for external research funding from both national and international sources,
  • supervise doctoral students,
  • contribute to the strategic development of the department, faculty and SLU,
  • communicate research findings and other relevant information to society at large,
  • perform administrative duties within the department, faculty, and university,
  • be able to use Swedish as the working language within four years.

The department uses Swedish and English in parallel. The senior lecturer should be able to perform the majority of their tasks in English. However, as a public authority, the university has Swedish as its main language according to the requirements of the Language Act and the senior lecturer must be able to use Swedish as their working language within four years of beginning the position. The department will provide support with language learning.


The applicant must:

  • have a degree of Master of Science in Animal Science or corresponding relevant education,
  • have successfully completed a doctoral degree in animal breeding/genetics or have the equivalent academic qualifications (within a subject relevant to the position),
  • demonstrate research expertise within the subject for the appointment,
  • demonstrate teaching expertise and have the ability to integrate research and a scientific approach into their teaching,
  • have experience of teaching at first and second cycle levels,
  • have good knowledge of English.

Grounds of assessment

The assessment criteria for appointment must be the degree of expertise required as qualification for employment.

The assessment of research expertise will be based on:

  • completed and ongoing research and its relevance and development potential for the faculty, department, and industry,
  • experience of interdisciplinary research,
  • the ability to independently initiate and run successful and internationally recognised research,
  • the ability to successfully compete for external research funding,
  • the applicant having the qualifications required for appointment as a docent, or equivalent academic qualifications,
  • experience of being supervisor for doctoral students.

The following will be taken into consideration when assessing teaching expertise:

  • planning, implementation, and examination as well as assessment of own teaching,
  • experience of teaching at first and second cycle level
  • supervision and examination at first and second cycle level
  • ability to integrate research and scientific approaches into teaching
  • completed training in teaching and learning in higher education, or equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways
  • pedagogic vision and reflection.

The following abilities will also be assessed:

  • developing and leading activities and staff within academia.
  • communicating and collaborating internally.
  • collaborating with industry, other external stakeholders and society.

The appointment will be offered to the applicant who, following a qualitative comprehensive assessment is in the best position to conduct and develop the duties in question, and contribute to the positive development of the organisation.

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