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The Department of Educational Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is now recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in the area of the digitalisation of teaching. There are several ongoing projects in this area at the department and it is desirable for the postdoctoral research project to either tie in with or touch on the areas addressed by these existing projects. More information on most of the ongoing projects can be found here: https://www.kau.se/en/pedagogiskt-arbete/research/forskning-hos-oss/digitalisation-teaching. 

The Digitalisation of Teaching research environment is based at the Department of Educational Studies, but is connected to many disciplines involved in the university’s teacher training programmes. Educational issues stemming from different traditions, theories and methods are brought together and further developed in this rich environment. The appointed postdoctoral researcher is expected to form part of – and contribute to – a research environment that brings together the research interests of different fields.


A postdoctoral position mainly involves research. The appointed postdoctoral researcher will form part of an environment that includes several projects on the digitalisation of teaching. There is also a licentiate research school focused on this topic. The appointed postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute to the research environment of the Department of Educational Studies. This includes active participation at the workplace in Karlstad as well as active participation in the department’s higher seminar and other relevant seminars. The appointed postdoctoral researcher is expected to pursue a sub-project in a structured and independent manner and to collaborate with the other researchers in the group. At the most 20% of the position may include teaching duties.

Qualification requirements

The eligibility requirement for appointment as postdoctoral researcher is a doctorate in Pedagogical Work or in another discipline relevant to the position, or an equivalent qualification achieved abroad. The doctorate may not have been obtained more than three years prior to the application deadline. If there are special reasons, such as parental leave or illness, the required qualifications may have been obtained earlier. Special reasons may include illness, parental leave, clinical duties, commissions of trust in labour unions or similar organisations, or other similarly special circumstances. 

See Karlstad University’s Regulations for the Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Staff for additional qualification requirements.

Assessment criteria

Special weight is given to good written and spoken skills in Swedish and English. 

Considerable weight is given to the scholarly quality of applicants’ earlier publications as well as to documented ability to cooperate with researchers in national and international contexts. 

Weight is given to a doctoral thesis project that highlights issues related to the digitalisation of teaching.

Terms of employment

A postdoctoral position is normally restricted to two years’ full-time employment. Starting date between January and April 2019, as per agreement.  

In order to foster collaboration we expect the appointed postdoctoral researcher to be at the department in Karlstad as much as possible. 

A condition of employment as postdoctoral researcher is that you have not been employed as a postdoctoral researcher under a central contract for more than a year in the same or a similar discipline at Karlstad University.


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. An incomplete application may mean that all aspects of your qualifications cannot be assessed qualitatively.

The application should include:

  • Application letter briefly describing the applicant’s qualifications and research interests in relation to the duties of the position
  • Detailed list of qualifications/CV
  • List of publications
  • Copies of relevant transcripts, degree certificates, employment certificates and letters of recommendation
  • Copy of doctoral thesis and other relevant publications
  • Other documents the applicant wants to submit
  • Information on language skills
  • Contact information to at least two references

Submit your application via the university’s web based recruitment tool and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links to them).

One copy of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad

State ref.no: REK2018/264

Application deadline: December 28, 2018

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment At the earliest convenience
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/264
  • Christina Olin Scheller, Professor, 054-700 16 89
  • Björn Eliasson, Prefekt, 054-700 24 06
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
Published 05.Dec.2018
Last application date 28.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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