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Professor in Occupational Therapy

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Professor in Occupational Therapy
Ref PAR 2023/305
The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.
The unit of Occupational Thcrapy ( has a creative research environment and broad collaboration with inter-professional research groups nationally and internationally. The research focuses on the relation of everyday activities to health throughout different age range, from children to elderly persons. Research groups at the unit are TIDAS research group focusing on methods to early identify, treat and support people to maintain their work capacity and decrease the need for sick leave. ProDo research group focusing on the process of doing among children, adolescents and adults with disabilities due to neurological problems. The unit also works closely with the research group FRESH, which focuses on health in everyday life among older people. At the unit and in the research groups, we have doctoral students, junior and senior researchers with a broad expertise that includes knowledge of medicine-, health-, social- and occupational science, as well as the ability to conduct qualitative research, RCTs, epidemiological studies and instrument development.
Subject area
Occupational Therapy
Subject area description
Occupational Therapy is based on occupational science, which is the knowledge and the study of the individuals' activity and doing, their ability to use their time and environment in physical, social, and cultural contexts. Furthermore, Occupational Science includes the knowledge of human engagement, the desire and ability to have and take control of everyday life activities. Occupational science also covers knowledge of the importance of habits, lifestyle and the environment for activity. Based on the complex meaning of the individual's activity and doing, occupational therapy relates to the humanities, to medicine, natural sciences, social sciences and technological knowledge areas.
The position comprises an overall responsibility for research and education at doctoral level in occupational therapy and occupational science. The holder is expected to take an active role in promoting a creative research environment, and support co-workers in their research careers as well as in applying for research funding. The holder is also expected to conduct research on the subject in national and international multi­professional co-operation, lead a research group, and continuously apply for external funding. The position also entails teaching and supervision of students at undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels as well as administrative tasks related to teaching and research. Administrative tasks such as academic leadership and assignments may also be included.
The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.
Requirements for the position are both scientific and pedagogical skills. The applicant must also be a licensed occupational therapist and the applicant must have documented ability to teach in Swedish and English.
Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.
For this employment equal importance will be given to scientific and pedagogical skills.
When assessing the scientific skills, special emphasis will be placed on the ability to lead and conduct research at a high national and international level within the subject area, the ability to obtain research grants in national competition and the ability to attract doctoral students and research associates as well as documented ability to supervise at research level. The scientific skills are also assessed based on quality and originality in the form of peer-reviewed publications in international journals.

When assessing the pedagogical skills, special emphasis will be placed on demonstrated pedagogical skills at undergraduate, master' s and doctoral levels within the subject area of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. The skills must be documented in a way that makes it possible to assess.

In the assessment, the ability to collaborate and interact with the surrounding community, as well as leadership and administrative skills will also be considered.
Permanent employment, full-time 100 %. The position is located at The Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. First day of employment as agreed.
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