Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction Uppsala University, Department of Information Technology Sweden

Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction


Sort on published: 2019-01-11

 

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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

 

The Department of Information Technology has approximately 300 employees and 4000 students per year, and provides education and research of the highest international quality in Computer Science and its sub-disciplines. The strong focus on research provides an excellent foundation for undergraduate education at the department. The department also hosts several interdisciplinary research groups, and supports initiatives in the areas of equal opportunities and equality. Research is organized in five divisions. For more information, see www.it.uu.se.

 

At the Division of Visual Information and Interaction we gather a unique combination of expertise in computerized image analysis and human-computer interaction. The division is divided into eight different research groups, four in each discipline, and it currently has about 60 employees. In the discipline of human-computer interaction, research currently covers the areas of social robotics and intelligent interactive systems, distributed cognition, human factors and visualisation, IT and ethics, and eHealth applications and wellbeing. For more information, see http://www.it.uu.se/research/visual_information_and_interaction and http://www.it.uu.se/research/visual_information_and_interaction/publications

 

Description of Subject Area: Human-computer interaction is an interdisciplinary research field focusing on analysis, design and evaluation of human interaction with computerized systems and artefacts, on individual-, group- as well as organization levels. Research concerns interface and interaction design, multimodal interaction with technological artefacts, but also sociotechnical systems design and complex systems at the organizational level. The goal of the research is to contribute to the scientific body of knowledge through developments in method and theory. The goal of the teaching and education is to support students so that they develop the skills and competence they need from a broad perspective, including knowledge how to use tools as well as critical thinking.

 

Duties: The position includes teaching, research, science outreach, as well as administration associated with these duties. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration, course development, and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The holder of the position shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. Management tasks may be part of the duties.

 

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as Senior Lecturer are persons who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional 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.

 

According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala University to be eligible for appointment as Senior Lecturer applicants also must have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, comprising 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. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

 

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.

 

An applicant who is offered an employment as senior lecturer can be promoted to professor if he/she has applied for this, is qualified for such a post, and moreover has been deemed suitable on the basis of the specific criteria established by the faculty board.

 

Assessment Criteria/Ranking

 

Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, which will be given equal weight. Research expertise comprises research merits including merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development and innovation ability. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in human-computer interaction.

 

In assessing research expertise, research quality must be the prime consideration. Moreover, the scope of research, in regard to depth and breadth, will be taken into 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.

 

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise. Teaching expertise comprises educational and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside the academy through supervision, internal training, mentoring programs, etc.

 

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, consideration must be given to the 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. In assessing teaching expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in human-computer interaction, and especially ability to teach courses in the whole spectrum of courses, for example basic courses but also courses in user interface programming and design.

 

The applicant is expected to have, to a reasonable demand, a plan for the funding of the position with the help of external grants.

 

Administrative Expertise: Administrative expertise is important and can be 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.

 

Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

 

Management Expertise: Management expertise is important and is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

 

Collaboration Expertise: Collaboration expertise is important and is demonstrated through capacity to build and develop collaborations with researchers from other research disciplines and/or representatives outside academia.

 

All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope. Please pay special attention to the Swedish way of documenting teaching skills.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience. Uppsala University strives for a more even gender balance in its research and teaching staff. Since most teachers of the Faculty are men, women are especially invited to apply for this position.

 

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.



Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

 

Type of position: Permanent full-time position.

 

For further information about the position please contact Head of Division Professor Robin Strand, 018-471 3469, robin.strand@it.uu.se; the subject area Professors Anders Arweström Jansson, 018-471 2859, anders.arwestrom.jansson@it.uu.se; Åsa Cajander, 018-471 1016, asa.cajander@it.uu.se; och Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, 018-471 6894, iordanis.kavathatzopoulos@it.uu.se.

 

For further information about see Uppsala University appointment regulations and Faculty appointment regulations.

 

Please submit your application by February 15, 2019, UFV-PA 2018/4390.

 

If you are an international candidate, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus.

 

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

 

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

 

Placement: Department of Information Technology

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 seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4390

Last application date: 2019-02-15


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