Assistant Professor of Computing Education Research
Uppsala University Department of Information Technology
Sweden

Tenure Track Position as Assistant Professor in Computing Education Research

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 Information Technology holds a leading position in research as well as teaching at all levels. The department has 280 employees, including 120 faculty and 110 PhD students, and 30 research groups. More than 4000 students are enrolled annually.  

The Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG) offers a broad and open research environment in Computing Education Research. The group's researchers have a strong foundation in the department's educational activities and are active in international contexts, including ACM and IEEE. More information is available at https://www.it.uu.se/research/group/upcerg. 

Description of Subject Area: Computing education research is a discipline based education research area addressing the study of learning and teaching in computing. In addition to traditional aspects, such as learning and teaching related to computing concepts and design of computing education programs in higher education, issues include how identity, culture and gender aspects affect the conditions for conducting computing education at various academic levels. The question of how a computing education should prepare students to be able to constructively contribute to the development of society, and perhaps especially in terms of sustainability and climate impact, also belongs to the topic. 

The subject is interdisciplinary where computing and educational science are components, and the emphasis between them varies depending on the issue at hand. As in other discipline based education research areas, general educational science issues are relevant, while the difference between disciplines means that the different discipline based education research fields are unique and have a place in their respective subjects. 

Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students, and the development of courses in the area of computing education research as well as other courses. The holder 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. A position as Assistant Professor is intended to qualify the holder for a teaching position with higher qualification requirements, e.g., Associate Professor (Swedish: universitetslektor). 

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:

According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as Assistant Professor are persons who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills and the research expertise are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment. Applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority, being on parental leave counts as an extension of this period. 

According to Uppsala University´s appointments regulations, teaching expertise is an eligibility requirement for appointment as an Assistant Professor. To obtain teaching expertise, the applicant should have participated in teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least five weeks, or be considered to have acquired the equivalent competence. If it has not been possible to acquire this qualification prior to employment, qualifying training for teachers in higher education shall 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. 

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 as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and teaching. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in the Computing Education Research area. 

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. 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 application of Computing Education Research results. 

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. 

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.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

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

For further information about the position please contact Mats Daniels, tel: 0708-918262, e-mail: mats.daniels@it.uu.se, or Lina von Sydow, Tel: 018-471 2785, e-mail: lina.von.sydow@it.uu.se.

For further information, please see Uppsala University appointment regulations and Faculty appointment regulations.

Please submit your application by June 3, 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1176.

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

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

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Information Technology

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 seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1176

Last application date: 2020-06-03


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