Professor in Clinical Genetics

University of Gothenburg Institute of Biomedicine

Professor in Clinical Genetics Combined with a Position as Specialist Physician

Ref PAR 2020/1260

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At the Institute of biomedicine we study the cells of the human body – what they are made up of, how they work, how their functions are governed by their genetic material and how they collaborate with each other and interact with their environment. With such knowledge at hand we map the molecular explanations to human diseases in order to develop both better diagnostic tools as well as therapies to treat disease. Clinical genetics has, during the last decades, expanded significantly and seen a strong positive development, much thanks to the extraordinary progress in basic knowledge, technical advancements and efficient bioinformatic processing of data within the field of molecular biology and genetics, but also much thanks to the increasing importance of clinical genetics within the health care systems both as to diagnostics as well as to molecular and cell based therapies. With this announcement we intend to recruit a professor who can further develop the strong traditions of clinical genetic research and diagnostics, teaching students at all levels and programs, and interactively communicate clinical genetics with the general society and specifically with the health care system.  

Subject area

Clinical genetics

Subject area description

Clinical genetics is a medical speciality, that the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has classified among ”other specialities”. The speciality includes both seeing patients and laboratory diagnostics. At the outpatient clinic, patients are examined and diagnosed for hereditary diseases and genetics counselling is offered to families with hereditary conditions. At the clinical genetic laboratories genetic analyses of hereditary diseases as well as of acquired (non-hereditary) genetic alterations of importance for the diagnosis and treatment of primarily leukemias and other tumor diseases, are performed. Research within the field of clinical genetics includes all these areas, i.e. studies of both hereditary and acquired genetic alterations. 

Job assignments

We are looking for a professor who can develop international competitive research activities within the field of clinical genetics. The research profile should thus be focused on scientific issues with high clinical relevance within the field and preferentially directed towards the group of rare hereditary diseases. The responsibility covers both research and research (PhD) teaching, training and supervision. The successful candidate should also teach students at the basic and advanced levels within the physician (MD) program as well as in other programs offered at the Sahlgrenska academy. The professor is also expected to carry out other tasks that are normally associated with a professorship, e.g. administrative work, elected member of internal and external working groups and boards, and representing clinical genetics nationally and internationally. The tasks as specialist physician in clinical genetics will be designed according to the clinical needs as well as to the competence and experience of the successful candidate, but will focus on the demands for developing Clinical Genetics and Genomics (KGG) as a University Hospital Unit (USVE). It is of importance that the professor will contribute both to the development of the laboratory diagnostic part and to the outpatient clinic of Clinical Genetics and Genomics (KGG). The professor is additionally expected to play an active role within Genomic Medicine Sweden (GMS).

Eligibility

The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Sections 3-4 of The Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen) and Gothenburg University's appointment procedure (Göteborgs universitets anställningsordning).

Qualified for an employment as professor is a person who has demonstrated both scientific and
pedagogical expertise.

This professorship is combined with a position as specialist physician in clinical genetics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and thus demands a medical degree, license as a doctor of medicine (licensed physician) and a certificate as a specialist in clinical genetics or a corresponding international certificate of relevance. The successful candidate will be employed as specialist physician in clinical genetics with the demand of Swedish authorization as licensed physician and specialist certificate.

According to Higher Education Act (Högskolelagen), Chapter 3, Section 8, a combined position may only be held by someone eligible for both appointments.

Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Sections 3-4 of The Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen) and Gothenburg University's appointment procedure (Göteborgs universitets anställningsordning).

The primary assessment criterion for this position is scientific expertise. For the assessment of scientific expertise, specific emphasis will be laid on the scientific contributions within clinical genetics, specifically within the field of rare hereditary diseases, as to their quality and originality and the applicant’s ability to plan and lead a research group and teaching at the research (PhD) level, as well as the ability to communicate research with the society outside from the university. The successful candidate must thus have a strong scientific background and a documented ability to develop and maintain scientific collaborations. Documented ability to successfully apply for and receive external grants is a major merit for the appointment. 

The second assessment criterion is pedagogical expertise. Especially expertise in teaching the field of clinical genetics will be considered. Documented pedagogical skills with experience from teaching medical students will be very important in the assessment.

Clinical expertise will be assessed from the diagnostic use and clinical independence of the applicant as a specialist physician in clinical genetics, especially in the area of rare hereditary diseases. In the assessment, great importance will also be given to administrative skills, experience of interacting cooperatively with the outside society and ability to cooperate. Documented experience from higher executive or administrative positions will be a merit.

A successful applicant who has not undergone the University teaching staff training courses at the University of Gothenburg is expected to complete such educational training courses or to have equivalent qualifications from another University validated within the first year of employment. 

Employment

The employment is a full time permanent post and is located at The Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine. First day of employment is by agreement.

Appointment procedure

  • Competence review of the applicant's documents after the closing date
  • Applicants' documents are sent to external experts for assessment
  • The recruitment will be dealt with in The Academic Appointments Board of Sahlgrenska Academy
  • The Academic Appointments Board proposes candidates
  • Assessment and recognition of qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education of the proposed candidate's
  • The recruitment is handled by the Vice-Chancellor for a decision

For further information:

Göran Larson, professor, Head of Department, (until March 31, 2021)
Phone: +46 706 250216
e-mail: goran.larson@clinchem.gu.se 

Lars Palmqvist, professor, (from April 1, 2021)
Phone: + 46 700 823612
e-mail: lars.palmqvist@clinchem.gu.se

Anders Lindahl, professor, Assistant Head of Institute
Phone: +46 704 337610
e-mail: anders.lindahlg@clinchem.gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:
https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/work-at-the-university-of-gothenburg/how-to-apply

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applications must follow the layout of the recommendations for the Sahlgrenska Academy for applications for teaching positions:

https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/sahlgrenskaacademy/employment-hr/Recruitment+of+teachers/guidelines-application/

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Please note in particular that the following documents must accompany the application:

- PhD certificate (in Swedish or English)
- Qualification as registered medical practioner
- Qualification as specialist in clinical genetics
- A maximum of 10 selected scientific publications that the applicant wants to refer to (in full text)
- Research programme
- Other certificates /proof /rating proving the applicant's qualifications

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in three copies to:
University of Gothenburg
The Sahlgrenska Academy
Box 400
SE 405 30 Göteborg
SWEDEN

The reference number of the application, PAR 2020/1260, should be clearly stated when mailing complementary documents.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: May 3, 2021

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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