Professor in Domestic Animal Anatomy

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
August 05, 2024
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science The department of Animal Biosciences

The department is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and is responsible for education and research in several basic and applied areas. These areas include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, genetics, breeding, immunology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, epizootology, comparative medicine, food safety, bioinformatics and One Health. Our research covers everything from production animals to sports and pet animals, laboratory animals and wild animals. The department's researchers work on the entire scale from molecular mechanisms and microbiology to the structure, function and behaviour of animals, and how these are affected by breeding, physical activity, care, production, stress, environmental factors and diseases. Read more about our activities and infrastructure here.

At the department, an internationally prominent research group works on the locomotor apparatus anatomy and biomechanics, with a focus on horses, but to some extent also ruminants. The group uses both sensor-based technology, image and video analysis and addresses research questions linked to normal function, sports, production, welfare, and the clinic.

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Subject description

The subject domestic animal anatomy includes knowledge of the anatomical structure of the body (descriptive anatomy), from the whole animal to the structures of the organs, with main focus on food producing animals, sports and companion animals. In addition, the subject has a focus on digitization related to the functional anatomy of the locomotor apparatus, biomechanical principles that enable and limit movements and variations in movement patterns in horses, dogs, cats and cattle.


The applicant will be expected to:

  • develop and lead internationally successful research;
  • develop, lead and participate in teaching at first, second and third cycle level;
  • primarily teach in anatomy, in addition to other components at first, second and third cycle level covering the subject;
  • develop and maintain national and international networks with academia, the relevant public authorities, industry, organisations and society at large;
  • collaborate with other SLU research teams to strengthen interdisciplinary activities at the university;
  • apply for external research funding from both national and international sources;
  • supervise doctoral students;
  • actively participate as a specialist in clinical work and teaching within the subject;
  • contribute to the strategic development of the department, faculty and SLU;
  • communicate research findings and other relevant information to society at large;
  • perform administrative duties within the department, faculty and university;
  • be prepared to have a managerial role;
  • be able to use Swedish as the working language within four years.
  • The department uses Swedish and English in parallel. The professor should be able to perform the majority of their tasks in English. However, as a public authority, the university has Swedish as its main language according to the requirements of the Language Act and the professor must be able to use Swedish as their working language within four years of beginning the position. The department will provide support with language learning.


    The applicant must

  • have a Degree of Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine;
  • be licensed to practise veterinary medicine in Sweden, alternatively be entitled to obtain such a licence upon application in accordance with the relevant legislation, regulations and directives;
  • have successfully completed a doctoral degree and hold the qualifications required for appointment as a docent, or have the equivalent academic qualifications, within a subject relevant to the position;
  • demonstrate research expertise in the subject;
  • demonstrate teaching expertise and have the ability to integrate research and a scientific approach into their teaching;
  • have demonstrated the ability to lead and develop a successful, internationally-recognised research team;
  • have demonstrated the ability to compete for external research funding;
  • have proven latest clinical experience in a subject field relevant to the position;
  • have good knowledge of English.
  • Act (2009:302) on Activities within Animal Healthcare, Chapter 3. Eligibility regulations, Swedish Board of Agriculture's regulations and general advice on eligibility requirements for veterinary care staff (SJVFS 2016:9), Chapter 2. Eligibility to practise as a veterinary surgeon and the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

    Grounds of assesement

    The assessment criteria for appointment must be the degree of expertise required as qualification for employment.

    The assessment of research expertise will be based on:

  • completed and ongoing research and its relevance and development potential for the faculty and department
  • the ability to independently initiate and run successful and internationally-recognised research
  • the ability to compete for external research funding
  • experience of the role of principal supervisor for third-cycle courses and study programmes and responsibility for postdoctors. As a principal supervisor, the applicant should have supervised doctoral students throughout their studies and until they are awarded their doctoral degree
  • The following will be taken into consideration when assessing teaching expertise:

  • planning, implementation, examination and assessment of teaching and education
  • experience of both theoretical and clinical teaching at first, second and third cycle level
  • the ability to integrate research and scientific approaches into teaching work
  • supervision and examination at first, second and third cycle level
  • training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent knowledge
  • pedagogic vision and reflection
  • The following abilities will also be assessed:

  • developing and leading activities and staff within academia
  • communicating and collaborating internally
  • collaborating with external stakeholders and society at large
  • communicating work with research and development
  • The appointment will be offered to the applicant who, following a qualitative comprehensive assessment, is deemed to have the best skills set to conduct and develop the duties in question, and contribute to the positive development of the organisation.

    This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at www.

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    For the guidance of your application, there is SLU's appointment procedure for teachers at SLU and General assessment criteria for the appointment of teachers, which you can read here.

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    Contact person

    Anna Jansson

    Head of Department, Professor

    [email protected]

    Eva Enström

    Faculty Administrative Officer

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