Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Social and Psychological Studies

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


Social work forms part of the Department of Social and Psychological Studies, together with sociology, psychology and gender studies. The discipline hosts the Bachelor of Science in Social Work Programme. Social work is taught at bachelor, master and doctoral level and the discipline has around 25 staff members who are involved in teaching, research and external collaboration. Currently, the discipline social work at Karlstad University is undergoing changes due to extensive retirement, so there are good opportunities to be involved in the creation of a new research environment.


The main duties involve teaching on the Social Work Programme and include course coordination, supervision and examination. Duties further include active involvement in research, pursuing one’s own research projects and applying for external research funding in competition. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the development and quality assurance efforts of the discipline, as well as to have current knowledge of disciplinary developments and social changes relevant to social work. Additionally, duties may include supervision and examination at master and doctoral level.

Qualification requirements

The eligibility requirements are a doctor’s degree in social work or equivalent academic qualifications in another discipline relevant to the duties above. Documented teaching skills and a completed course in teaching and learning in higher education are required. In special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. For other qualification requirements, see Ch. 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated research and teaching expertise in social work are given equal and special weight for this position. Good written and spoken skills in Swedish and English are required. Someone lacking skills in one of these languages may still be appointed, on condition that the person actively works on attaining the necessary skills. Research and teaching expertise must be well documented to facilitate assessment of both scope and quality. Administrative skills must also be documented.

Considerable weight is given to social skills such as the ability to take initiative and cooperate, build good relationships with colleagues, and adopt a positive attitude to colleagues and students, thereby contributing to a good work environment. Further, considerable weight is given to executing work duties responsibly and being able to work independently. The position requires the ability to cooperate within the discipline as well as with the community.

The successful applicant’s interest in developing teaching as well as research is central. The successful applicant will be the person who, upon holistic, qualitative assessment of skills and experience, is found to have the best chances of performing and developing the stated duties and of contributing to the positive development of the Social Work Programme and social work as a teaching and research discipline. If applicants are equally qualified, those whose research and teaching experience is deemed to be most relevant to the discipline will be prioritised. More information about research done in the discipline can be found on its homepage.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience. In order to promote cooperation and a good work environment, the successful applicant is expected to participate in the daily work at Karlstad University. A probationary period may be required.


The application should include well-documented qualifications. Applications are made electronically 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 for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement before the deadline. An incomplete application may mean that all aspects of your qualifications cannot be assessed qualitatively.

Application should include:

  • application letter
  • documented CV with the contact details of two references
  • descriptive account of teaching and research skills
  • certificate of course in teaching and learning in higher education or account of equivalent qualifications
  • account of other experience, and experience of leadership, administration and cooperation
  • future teaching and research plans
  • list of publications (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  • copies of certificates and degrees
  • 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 (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)

More information is available in the documents “Application Guidelines” on our homepage https://www.kau.se/en/about-university/working-karlstad-university/work-here/jobs-and-vacancies.

Documents and publications should be attached to the electronic application (do not provide links only). Copies of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to: 

Karlstads University

Last day of application: December 14, 2018

State ref. no REK 2018/229

We look forward to your application.

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and declines any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

This translation carries no legal weight.



Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/229
  • Line Holth, Prefekt, 054-700 19 05
  • Marie Nordfeldt, Professor och ämnesföreträdare, 054-700 11 14
  • Hans Ovall, Programledare, 054-700 25 09
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 12.Nov.2018
Last application date 14.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

Return to job vacancies