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Professor in Architecture

Umeå School of Architecture




  • Type of employment Permanent position
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University, employs a professor in the field of architecture and innovative methods in building technology with focus on wood technology. At Umeå School of Architecture, you will be part of a forward-thinking and open environment where you can develop your own research in the subject area. We are looking for a candidate who with great freedom can develop how today's innovative wood technology can have an influence on the process towards a sustainable environment and who can teach in the subject at all levels. Take the chance to develop architecture with focus on wood technology in northern Sweden, with colleagues from all over the world. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021.


The tasks include research and teaching in the field of architecture and innovative methods in building technology with focus on wood technology. The primary focus of the research is architecture with a focus on wood technology. In other words, how architecture, especially today's innovative wood technology, can have an influence on the process towards a sustainable environment. The research period amounts to 75% of full-time employment for the first five years of the employment. Thereafter, the distribution between research, teaching and other assignments may vary.

The professor will have an important role with great freedom in the work of developing ones subject area at the department and at the university, in research, education at undergraduate level, advanced level and postgraduate level. The professor is expected to develop collaborations across departmental boundaries and other boundaries, both within and outside the university.

The employment includes teaching and tutoring at all levels. The duties include providing information about research and development work, and to plan and lead research projects (including applications for research funding). Assignments of administrative nature, incl. management assignments at departmental and other levels within Umeå University, may also occur. Place of employment is Umeå.

Eligibility requirements

A person who has demonstrated both research and educational expertise shall be qualified for appointment as a Professor (Chapter 4, Section 3, Higher Education Ordinance).

Research expertise refers to independent research work, the ability to plan and lead research activities and the ability to impart information about research to the outside world. Educational expertise refers to documented experience of planning, implementation, examination and evaluation of teaching and is shown in a reflective approach to student learning and one’s own teacher role.

A high level of knowledge in English, both in speech and writing, is a requirement.

Assessment criteria and their weight

The degree of scientific skill shall primarily apply as an assessment basis for employment. Secondly, significant emphasis will be placed on the degree of pedagogical skill. In addition, leadership skills, administrative skills, collaboration with the surrounding society and other skills of significance, with regard to the employment's subject area and the duties to be included in the employment will be taken into account.

Scientific expertise

Scientific expertise shall be demonstrated through independent scientific productivity. The criteria for assessment are:

  • Ability to independently conduct research of high international quality
  • Ability to plan, establish and lead research and research projects
  • Ability to develop new methods and to apply them to new problems
  • Ability to collaborate nationally and internationally with other researchers / research groups
  • Ability to initiate interdisciplinary collaborations
  • readth and depth of research – quality and scope
  • originality of research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • assignments within the research community
  • the ability to competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

A doctoral degree in an area relevant to the employment is a strong merit.

Scientific expertise must refer to basic sub-areas of architecture with a focus on wood technology. Documented experience of applying this expertise in at least two application areas is a merit. The ability to competitively obtain research funding is important.

The degree of scientific skill will be assessed on the basis of published scientific work, published in internationally distributed scientific journals and conferences that apply peer reviews, or alternatively other forms of publication channels, publications and presentations linked to the subject area that can be used in a review to assess the degree of scientific skill. The research efforts timeliness, quality and originality will be assessed.

Pedagogical expertise

The pedagogical expertise for employment as professor should be demonstrated by documented experience of teaching with scientific foundation at university level. The criteria for evaluation are:

  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching as well as ability to supervise and examine students at all levels of education
  • Ability to vary teaching methods and examination methods in relation to expected study results and the nature of the subject
  • Experiences of collaboration with the surrounding community in the planning and implementation of education
  • Participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • A reflective approach to students' learning and their own teaching role
  • Broad, solid and current knowledge in the subject area
  • Ability to convey commitment and interest in the subject, and to communicate with and motivate students
  • Ability to teach and supervise at doctoral level

These skills can be obtained through higher education teacher training , other training relevant to teaching within higher education and / or documented, proven experience of teaching in higher education.

Pedagogical expertise primarily include the field of architecture with a focus on wood technology. Pedagogical expertise is demonstrated through documented experience of teaching at both undergraduate and advanced level and postgraduate level, as well as documented experience of supervision of degree projects, supervision of doctoral students and pedagogical development work.

The examination of the pedagogical expertise should be given as much care as to the examination of the scientific expertise.

Further qualifications

The ability to collaborate with the surrounding community will be assessed on the basis of the applicant's experience of collaboration with the business community and with researchers and actors from other scientific fields.

Administrative skills, as well as the ability to develop and lead activities and staff at the university must refer to documented ability to organize research within the subject area for the position, as well as the ability to organize education at undergraduate, advanced level and postgraduate level.

Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability and the ability to constructively communicate with actors within and outside Umeå University.

Further details

The place of employment is Umeå and the person offered employment is expected to move to Umeå.


The application should preferably be written in English, and include the following items:

  1. A personal cover letter, including contact information
  2. Certified copies of relevant university degrees and diplomas
  3. Copies of ten research publications relevant to the position, numbered according to the publication list
  4. Attachments to a pedagogical portfolio (see p. 3.6 in Umu Application form)
  5. Certificates or documents from appraisals from e.g. the Head of Department, Director of Studies, colleagues, external assessors and students. 
  6. Optional: Evaluations of own scientific research from a national research council or the equivalent over the past five years.

  7. CV/Umu Application form
    Fill in the application form (link). Submit it attached to your application in the Varbi system as your CV. Following information must be provided in the application form:
  • basic information that includes academic and professional qualifications
  • a list of articles published
  • an account of research experience
  • an account of pedagogical experience and activities
  • an account of experiences of developing and managing activities and staff
  • an account of experiences regarding interacting with the surrounding society and popularizing science
  • a research plan (maximum 5 pages)
  • references, including contact details

See instructions for what to include in the application, as well as how to describe scientific and educational activities (pdf)

Applications should be made via e-recruitment system Varbi and be received no later than 2021-03-15.

For more information, contact

Head of department Mikael Henningsson + 46 90 7865798

Deputy head of department Sara Thor + 46 90 7862924

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 34,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.




Mikael Henningsson, Head of dep.


Sara Thor, Deputy head of dep.


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1767-20



Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31




Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.