Full Professor (chair) in Exercise Physiology

within the department of Sport and Health Science

Discipline description

Exercise physiology is concerned with research into the adaptations of the human body to physical activity.

Job description

Exercise physiology is an important area of knowledge at GIH, in terms of research, education and collaboration.

GIH has well-equipped laboratories for biomechanics, exercise physiology and applied sports science. The successful candidate will lead and develop the physiology laboratory and is expected to have a broad methodological knowledge. The position will primarily include research, and education of postgraduate students within work physiology. Other tasks will include education at the undergraduate level as well as interaction with the wider community. The successful candidate is also expected to carry out activities that are a normal part of a professorship, such as administration, internal and external honorary assignments and representation of the discipline nationally and internationally.


According to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Educational Ordinance, to qualify for the appointment of Full Professor, candidates must demonstrate both scientific and pedagogical competence within the subject area being considered.  

Basis of assessment

Scientific excellence and personal suitability for the appointment will be ranked highest, followed by pedagogical skills and then other merits. All grounds for the assessment shall be documented.


1. Scientific excellence

The points a-h are not listed in order of ranking.

a. internationally recognised within the subject specialisation (documentation should include, for example, invited lectures, reviewer and external examiner duties),

b. independent research that significantly exceeds the requirements for a Readership in terms of both quality and quantity,

c. scientific publications of high standard in international peer-review journals,

d. experience as leader of a research group, the ability to lead projects and to develop and lead research,

e. an ability to obtain research grants from national and international research councils, trusts, commerce, etc.,

f. on-going international research collaboration,

g. been the main supervisor for post-graduate students who have completed their doctoral degrees, i.e. shall have actively worked with supervision both in research courses and the actual research studies,

h. documented on-going supervision of doctoral students and research activities.

2. Personal suitability

Personal suitability for the position is the ability otherwise required to carry out the position’s duties well.

3. Pedagogical skills

The points a-g are not listed in order of ranking.

a. a completed formal pedagogic education equivalent to that required for a Swedish Readership appointment,

b. pedagogical experience and skill from different types of teaching methods at undergraduate and post-graduate level, documented both qualitatively and quantitatively,

c. completed supervisor education, or equivalent, for post-graduate students,

d. independent responsibility for courses or course modules, and development of teaching in courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level,

4. Other merits

The points a-e are not listed in order of ranking.

a.  A license to practise medicine is not a requirement but is seen as a merit,

b.  administrative and other skills that are relevant to subject specialisation and the tasks of the position,

  1. an ability to collaborate,

d.  an ability to interact with the wider community, publicising research and development,

e.  ability to express oneself well in written and spoken English.

Application procedure

The application shall contain the following items in order, and 5 identical copies of the entire application submitted:

-      A short description of the candidate’s reasons for applying, and ambitions for future activities within the position.

-      A comprehensive CV.

-      A complete list of publications. (Articles in peer-review journals should be listed separately. Abstracts should not be included in the list of publications.)

-      A list of 10 selected articles, with 3 copies of each submitted. (The applicant should be prepared to submit other articles from their list of publications upon request and at short notice.)

-      Documentation of merits as a supervisor for current and completed supervision (either by appending copies of the theses for which the applicant has been supervisor, or providing a list of studies contained in the theses, together with a copy of the theses’ acknowledgements where each supervisor is mentioned). The doctoral students should be named and the date of their disputations listed. It should be made clear whether the applicant was the main or secondary supervisor.

-      A list of research grants obtained by the applicant over the past five years, listed annually and specifying the amount, granting agency and principal applicant.

-      A scientific statement in which the applicant describes briefly completed scientific projects and research plans for the next few years. The applicant should clearly specify those investigations and results, and any other merits that he/she considers to be of greatest relevance to the appointment.

-      A list of educational merits, which should illustrate the candidate’s ability to initiate, develop and implement new teaching modules, courses and teaching methods, in particular merits related to post-graduate courses.

-      A list of the candidate’s administrative merits.

-      A list of the candidate’s experience of, and merits regarding, dissemination of research results to the wider community.

-      Attested copies of certificates and other documents that the candidate wishes to be taken into consideration.

-      Contact information of three people who are willing to act as referees

 GIH may use interviews, sample lectures and reference checks. The candidate should therefore be prepared upon request to provide a list of referees who are able to give details of his/her professional ability and personal character relevant to the position, for example leadership skills and collaborative skills.

GIH actively promotes diversity and gender equality for all recruitment categories. We therefore welcome applicants with different backgrounds and experience. GIH has a recruitment goal of gender equality for all new appointments. As the majority of professors at GIH are currently men, applications from women are welcomed.

Duration/Working hours

The appointment is a permanent full-time position. The date of commencement is to be agreed upon.



The salary level is subject to negotiation.


For further information regarding the appointment please contact Vice-Chancellor Karin Henriksson-Larsén, tel. 08‑120 537 06 or Professor Kent Sahlin tel. 08-120 538 11

Trade union representatives are Lars Pihl, SACO-S, tel. 08-120 537 51, Marjan Pontén,  OFR/S, tel. 08- 120 538 17


The application should be marked with the registration number 14-667/12 and sent to the Vice-Chancellor at GIH, Registrar, Box 5626, 114 86 Stockholm, or by e-mail to registrator@gih.se, by 14 December 2012. Additional documents should reach the registrar not later than 21 December 2012.