Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Institutionen för miljö- och livsvetenskaper

Sapere Aude—dare to be wise—is our motto. Our students and employees develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around them. Our academic environment is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance. Gender equality, diversity and a democratic approach form the foundation of our organisation. We are located in an active and scenic region and we promote sustainable development in close collaboration with the wider society.
Karlstad University has a total of approximately 1,400 employees and 19,000 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
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Karlstad University is focussing in research and teaching in ecology and nature conservation, particularly in freshwater environments. The biology group with about 30 staff members is part of the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences at the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology. Biology is offered as a subject at the undergraduate and Master level. Currently seven students are enrolled in the doctoral programme in biology.

At Karlstad University, research in biology is done in two main specialisations: river ecology and conservation, as well as biology education. NRRV, the River Ecology and Management research group, does research on ecology and conservation. The group has been designated a strong research group at Karlstad University from 2017, and has received additional funding to develop its research profile. This position is thus primarily connected to ecology and conservation. Researchers focus on issues related to water management, the importance of riparian zones for aquatic organisms, biotic interactions and habitat ecology, fish migration, winter ecology, and the ecology of freshwater mussels (www.kau.se/biologi/forskning; nrrv.se). The research group works with internal and external partners, such as county administrative boards, municipalities, hydropower companies, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, as well as the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Research on biology education concentrates on teaching and learning related to genetics and sustainable development, and forms part of SMEER, the Centre of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research (http://www.kau.se/en/smeer).

We are now recruiting a new senior lecturer in biology with specialisation in landscape ecology to complement the research done by NRRV at Karlstad University.

The position primarily involves teaching ecology at the undergraduate level, teaching specialisation courses in conservation biology, evolutionary biology or behavioural ecology, as well as relevant courses at the Master level – primarily in conservation biology. The successful applicant may also be required to teach courses in the teacher education programme or other courses in the biology programme.

The position also involves complementing the research already conducted in the biology group, as well as supervising future doctoral students. We expect the successful applicant to develop new externally funded research projects together with researchers in the River Ecology and Management research group. Cooperation with the education research group SMEER is also possible.

Qualification requirements
The eligibility requirements are a doctor’s degree in biology with specialisation in landscape ecology, or equivalent academic qualifications. The successful applicant has documented research and teaching skills in biology with specialisation in landscape ecology. Other eligibility requirements are stipulated in Ch. 4 Sec. 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance.

Assessment criteria
Equal weight is given to research and teaching skills. The assessment is based on the criteria stipulated in Ch. 4 Sec. 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Special weight is given to: (1) The relevance of the applicant’s research for the research focus of NRRV. (2) Documented teaching skills and experience of teaching and course development in biology at the undergraduate and Master level.

Considerable weight is given to: (1) Successfully securing external research funding. (2) Ability to maintain good relationships with colleagues and students and ability to take initiative and to be involved in initiatives taken by others.

Weight is given to (1) Documented research activities related to the interaction between terrestrial and aquatic environments at the landscape scale. (2) Modelling skills. (3) Experience of teaching on the teacher education programme and/or the applicant’s teaching qualifications. (4) Experience of communicating research results to different target groups. (5) Ability to collaborate with partners in and outside of academia.

Lectures at the faculty should be able to teach in Swedish and English. Within two years of appointment, the successful applicant is expected to have a good enough command of written and spoken Swedish to be able to teach in Swedish.

Terms of employment
The positions is a full-time  permanent employment with starting date at the earliest convenience.

The application should include well documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline.

Application should include

  • Application letter
  • List of qualifications including contact details of at least two references
  • Account of teaching and research activities
  • Certificate of completed course in higher education pedagogy or account of equivalent qualifications
  • Brief account of experience of and cooperation with other organisations
  • Brief account of leadership, cooperation and administration
  • Future teaching and research plans
  • Account of language skills in Swedish and English
  • List of publications (if co-authored, specify your contribution)
  • Copies of transcripts, degree certificates and relevant employment certificates
  • Max ten research publications and max five works designed to convey information, e.g. text books, educational software or popular science articles.

More information on the application is available in ”Application guidelines for the appointment/ promotion of professor or senior lecturer and appointment of associate senior lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow” at www.kau.se under vacancies. ”Regulations for appointment and promotion of teaching staff” is also available there.

Three copies of submissions that cannot be sent electronically, such as books and publications, should be sent to

Karlstad University
651 88 Karlstad, Sweden
State ref. no. REK2017/92.

Last day of application: 2017-09-30.

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement.
Salary Salary set an individual basis
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2017/92
  • Björn Arvidsson, Holder of a chair, +46 (0) 54 700 2015
  • Stina Eriksson, Deputy Head of Department, +46 () 700 2079
  • Liselotte Englund, Head of Department, +46 (0) 54 700 1988
Union representative
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , +46 (0) 54 700 1404
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 (0) 54 700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 (0) 54 700 1434
Published 05.Jul.2017
Last application date 30.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CEST

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