Assistant Professor with tenure track at Chalmers University of Technology: Physics

20/07/2021 | Job positions

Assistant Professor with tenure track at Chalmers University of Technology: Physics

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The Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) offers an Assistant Professor with tenure track opportunity in all areas of physics!

Deadline for applications: 3rd September 2021.


The Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, embedded in one of Sweden's largest physics environments, now seeks a highly motivated young researcher and engaged teacher with international experience to expand our research portfolio in experimental, theoretical, and / or applied physics (see www / en / departments / physics / research / Pages / default.aspx for an outline of present research activities at the department).

Our offer to you includes:

  • A four-year tenure-track position at Chalmers,
  • Funding for one PhD student and some operational costs,
  • Leadership programs together with courses in graduate student supervision and teaching,
  • A language course for non-Swedish speakers,
  • A relocation package (including moving costs and help with practical issues for people moving to Sweden),
  • A permanent faculty position at Chalmers after successfully passing tenure assessment.

We welcome applications from persons active in all areas of physics! Examples of research directions that could be particularly fruitful to pursue include theoretical soft matter and statistical physics; physics based on large infrastructures (external and / or in-house); physics for a sustainable future; development of visualization and analysis methods for biophysics and materials science; and interdisciplinary physics.

Major responsibilities

Your primary duty as Assistant Professor is to perform your own research, and to build a research group with international visibility. The position also includes teaching for about 20 per cent of your working hours, primarily on undergraduate and master's levels, as well as supervising PhD and MSc students. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large.

Position summary

The appointment as Assistant Professor is a four-year entry-level faculty position with tenure-track, whereby the employee gets the opportunity to further develop both pedagogical and scientific qualifications. An Assistant Professor is expected to improve their ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, to attract external funding, and to develop abilities in teaching and supervision. A progress follow-up will be conducted after two years and a final tenure assessment will be conducted towards the end of the period of appointment (more information here). Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Department of Physics at Chalmers

Stimulated by major challenges in science and the need to attain a sustainable society, the Department of Physics strives to provide a creative, collaborative, and inclusive environment for academic research, learning, outreach, and innovation. We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological, and theoretical challenges in fields ranging from fundamental and materials physics to nanotechnology and energy research. We have a strong teaching commitment at all levels, from undergraduate to PhD. Our international and interdisciplinary researchers often work together with industrial R&D projects and entrepreneurs to bring competitive advantage. We are situated in a stimulating and creative environment within attractive facilities located in central Gothenburg, and thrive in its 400-year old tradition of international exchange of humans and ideas.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

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To qualify for the position of Assistant Professor of physics, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field. The degree should not be older than seven years (excluding parental leave). You are expected to demonstrate good potential within research and education. International experience from postdoc position(s) and/or qualified research and development in industry or the public sector is meritorious.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20210316  and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

  • CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

o   CV, including a complete list of publications

o   Documents that verify your previous teaching and pedagogical experiences including student supervision, if any.

o   Certificates documenting your educational degrees, professional and/or pedagogical development, courses or training, awards, prizes, etc

o   Contact information for two reference persons

  • Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
    3-5 pages where you:

o   Introduce yourself and describe your previous research activities, main research results, and your vision and philosophy of teaching.

o   Describe your future goals and proposed research line with a ~5-year perspective.

  • Publications:

o   Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of five publications), as a PDF or Zip file.

o   Copies of a maximum of five other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles).

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 3rd September, 2021


For questions, please contact:

  • Thomas Nilsson, Head of department

Useful links

  • Full version of the job position offer (here)
  • Web page to send your application (here)

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