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

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We are now recruiting a senior lecturer in psychology. The discipline of psychology with its more than 30 staff members forms part of the Department of Social and Psychological Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The department further includes Gender Studies, Social Work and Sociology. 

Psychology is offered at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels. In October 2014, the discipline was given degree-awarding powers for a Master of Science in Psychology degree, and the programme has been offered since the autumn semester of 2015. In addition to the programme courses, we also offer subject courses in psychology at undergraduate and master levels. Since the start of 2006, we have also been offering a doctoral programme in psychology.


Work duties are mainly in the area of clinical psychology with specialisation in developmental psychology, but the position also involves duties pertaining to investigative methodologies and personality psychology. Other areas of psychology are also included in this position. The position mainly involves teaching and supervision of students on the Master of Science in Psychology programme, but may also include teaching other subject courses, commissioned courses and doctoral courses. Teaching may be offered in Swedish and English. Duties include teaching, supervision, examination, course coordination and course development, as well as active participation in the developmental work done by the discipline and the department concerning teaching, research and community cooperation. The position is based in Karlstad. 

Qualification requirements 

The eligibility requirements are a doctor’s degree in psychology or equivalent academic qualifications. In addition, 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.

Assessment criteria 

In assessing applicants, equal weight is given to research and teaching skills. Special weight is given to applicants’ clinical experience as a psychologist with specialisation in developmental psychology. Weight is given to being a licenced psychologist, as well as to specialist qualifications in treatment. Weight is further given to completed supervision training in psychotherapy, as well as to teaching experience on a Master of Science in Psychology programme.  

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.  

Since most teaching is offered in Swedish, with some in English, considerable weight is also given to good written and spoken skills in these languages.

Terms of employment 

This is a full-time (100%), non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience. 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 that the application is complete 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.

More information is available in the document “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 (e.g. books and publications) should be sent to: 

Karlstads universitet

Last day of application: January 31, 2019

State ref. no REK 2018/247

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 Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/247
  • Kjerstin Almqvist, Ämnesföreträdare, 054-700 23 25
  • Fredrik Hjärthag, Studierektor, 054-700 22 70
  • Line Holth, Prefekt, 054-700 19 05
Published 14.Nov.2018
Last application date 31.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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