Professor of Toxicology with focus on food and drinking water

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
March 04, 2024
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science The department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health

The department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is responsible for research and education at basic and advanced levels within the disciplines pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, food safety, virology, bacteriology, parasitology and epizootiology. Read more about our activities and infrastructure here.

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Subject description

The subject area covers the occurrence of toxic substances, both anthropogenic and natural, in soil, water, and feed, and the transfer of the substances from these sources to both food and drinking water. The exposures of food-producing animals and humans are central, as are the consequences for animal and public health. Risk assessment is of utmost importance to the subject, as a basis for measures to reduce the health risks of toxic substances in food and drinking water at the population level.


The holder of the position will be responsible for the development of research and education within the entire subject of toxicology in collaboration with researchers and teachers at the Faculty and SLU.

The applicant will be expected to:

  • develop and lead internationally successful research;
  • develop, lead and participate in teaching the subject to veterinary students, but also to other students at advanced-, and research education levels covering the subject;
  • supervise doctoral students;
  • actively apply for external research funding from both national and international sources;
  • develop and maintain national and international networks with academia, the relevant public authorities, industry, organisations and society at large;
  • 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 able to use Swedish as the working language within four years.
  • Apart from teaching the subject area, teaching of basic toxicology is also included at basic levels.


    The applicant must

  • have a relevant academic basic degree and a doctoral degree and have the qualifications required for appointment as an associate professor in the subject area, or equivalent scientific competence;
  • demonstrate research expertise in the subject and actively pursuing research of high quality 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 successfully compete for external research funding as principal applicant;
  • have good knowledge of English.
  • Grounds of assessment

    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 subject, as well as 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 in advanced study programmes and research education. 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 practical teaching at basic and advanced levels
  • the ability to integrate research and scientific approaches into teaching work
  • supervision and examination of basic and advanced courses
  • training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent knowledge
  • academic teaching 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 dealing with research and development.
  • It is considered to be of merit if the applicant has documented experience in risk assessment of toxic substances in food and drinking water.

    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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    Form of employment:

    Permanent employment

    Starting date:

    By agreement.


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    Contact person

    Ivar Vågsholm

    Head of Department, Professor

    [email protected]

    Eva Enström

    Faculty Administrative Officer

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