Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members. Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff. Read more about working at Karlstad University https://www.kau.se/en/work-us

At the Department of Health Sciences of the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, the nursing section offers degree programmes in nursing, specialist nursing (pre-hospital, intensive, theatre and public health care), subject-specific courses, contract training and doctoral studies. Nursing is the main field of study in undergraduate and Master-level degree programmes and is a licentiate/doctoral discipline, affiliated with the cross-faculty graduate school in the health area, The Graduate School of Health.

Research with national and international relevance in the discipline at Karlstad University is pursued under the umbrella theme of “Promoting Health and Quality of Care” and has a focus on present and future needs of nursing, particularly in relation to three areas: Models and Innovation for Patient Safety, Professional development, Competence and Learning and Illness and Health Management.

We are seeking two professors who are willing to participate in developing these research areas further. The positions include 50% funded research time in the first three years and the supervision of a funded doctoral studentship. The members of the department work together towards building strong research in the health area. External cooperation and collaboration is an important aspect of our efforts and locally we have strong partnerships with the County Council of Värmland and the regional municipalities. Our research and teaching environment offers the opportunity for stimulating collaboration with different disciplines and external partners regionally, nationally and internationally.

Apart from conducting research, the positions involve the overarching responsibility for developing research in the field, including stimulating, initiating and leading research projects, developing internal and external forms of cooperation and applying for external research funding. Further duties are supervision of doctoral students and collaboration with postdoc researchers on different projects. Professors have a leading position and are expected to work with the senior researcher to establish a strong research environment.

In addition to producing high quality research and participating in research projects, duties include efforts to ensure research-informed degree programmes. A professor's duties also involve teaching and developing first, second and third cycle courses and programmes. Most teaching is in Swedish and occasionally in English.

The duties include administrative tasks and assignments in the department and the faculty, thus contributing to advancing cooperation with national and international research environments.

Duties will be designed and adapted to the applicants' expertise and research interests as well as to the needs of the department and the disciplinary research programmes.

Qualification requirements
Eligibility for employment as a professor of nursing requires a doctor's degree in nursing or equivalent and demonstrated research as well as teaching expertise in the nursing discipline (HEO Ch. 4 sect. 3). This means that applicants must have extensive research experience in the disciplinary field and/or made other relevant research contributions to the discipline. Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, lead and develop research is a requirement, as is the ability to attract external research funding. In addition, experience of external cooperation and of national and international research environments is a requirement.

A further requirement is demonstrated ability to plan, lead and develop undergraduate, master and doctoral courses and programmes, and documented experience of supervising doctoral students. In addition, completed course in higher education pedagogy is required. In special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

For further qualifications, see HEO Ch. 4 sect. 3 and Karlstad University's regulations Dnr C2018/118

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise or artistic expertise.(HEO Ch. 4 sect. 3).

The assessment of research expertise will primarily consider research quality and the scope and depth of the research. Priority is given to research in areas relevant to the disciplinary research programmes.

The assessment of research expertise will primarily consider the quality of the expertise with special emphasis on the ability to conduct research-informed teaching. Weight is given to applicants' ability to develop and implement teaching in cooperation with external partners. Weight is also given to good oral and written command of Swedish and English as languages of instruction. Applicants who do not master Swedish are expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

We attach great importance to personal qualities such as responsiveness, and ability to cooperate, take initiatives and engage in activities.

For further information on assessment criteria, see Karlstad University's Regulations on the Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Staff, Dnr C2018/118 (http://intra.kau.se/dokument/upload/C10B94350ed2e146AFWRP9233DA5/Anstallningsordning 180220.pdf).

Terms of employment
The positions are full-time non-fixed, with starting date at the earliest convenience.

Applications should be made via the University's web-based recruitment tool Varbi. Applicants are responsible for documenting qualifications in a way that allows for an objective and qualitative assessment of candidates, and that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement. We expect a complete application before the last day of application.

Application should include:

  • verified CV with two references
  • descriptive account of teaching and research expertise
  • certificate of course in higher education pedagogy or account of equivalent qualifications
  • account of experience of other employments
  • account of experience of leadership, cooperation and administration
  • future teaching and research plans
  • list of publications (specify your contribution to co-authored works)
  • copies of relevant certificates, references, and degree diplomas
  • a maximum of ten academic publications and a maximum of five works designed to convey knowledge such as textbooks, educational software, or popular science articles.

More information on the application is available in ”Application guidelines for the appointment/promotion of teaching staff” at http://www.kau.se/en/about-university/staff-vacancies.

All documents and publications that the applicant wants to submit for consideration must be attached to the electronic application and meet the deadline. Do not provide links to them.

Three copies of documents that cannot be sent electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad.

Last day of application: 2019-01-15

State the ref.no.: REK 2018/215

We look forward to your application.


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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment At the earliest convenience
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/215
  • Helene Victoria Hjalmarson, Head of division, 0046 54 700 2537
  • Maria Larsson, Professor, 0046 54 700 1995
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 01.Nov.2018
Last application date 15.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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