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 20 000 students and a staff of over 1 300 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 at https://www.kau.se/en/work-with-us


We offer courses in Sociology and Sociology focused on Social Psychology at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The subject Sociology is also responsible for the bachelor programme in Social Analysis. The subject comprises around 20 members of staff who do research, teach and cooperate with external parties. We participate in a number of research projects and have around 450 students. The subject is involved in various national and international partnerships. 

Research in Sociology focuses on emotions and personal lives, age, gender structures, organisations, small businesses, etc., and often takes intersectional approaches. We are open to the idea of broadening and developing the scope of the subject’s research through new research areas. We further want to strengthen our research on power structures and intersectionality. 

The subject forms part of a multidisciplinary department that also includes Social Work, Psychology and Gender Studies.


Main duties involve teaching Sociology and Social Psychology at bachelor and master levels as part of our courses and programme. Additional duties include supervision, examination, course coordination and course development, as well as active participation in the daily activities and development work done by the subject, department and faculty in the areas of teaching, research and community cooperation. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the subject’s research, embark on own research projects and contribute to securing external funding. At least 20% of the position is expected to be devoted to teaching at bachelor and master levels. Supervision and teaching at doctoral level may also be included. Duties may further include teaching as part of other programmes such as the Social Work programme, the Psychology programme and teacher training programmes.

Qualification requirements 

A PhD or equivalent academic qualification in Sociology is required, as are documented teaching expertise and a completed course in higher education pedagogy, or equivalent. Under special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. Other qualification requirements can be found in Ch. 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and Karlstad University’s regulations for the appointment and promotion of teaching staff.

Assessment criteria 

Special weight is given to teaching and research expertise in Sociology. Equal weight is given to research and teaching expertise when evaluating applications.  

Considerable weight is given to social skills such as the ability to cooperate, build good relationships with colleagues, take initiative and show enthusiasm for the work done by others. Considerable weight is further given to spoken and written communication skills in Swedish and English. 

Weight is given to good administrative skills, ability to communicate research and development work, and ability to cooperate with the community. 

Weight is further given to research experience using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Terms of employment 

This is a full-time, non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience or as per agreement. In order to promote cooperation and a good work environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department at Karlstad University as much as possible. A probationary period may be required.


The application should be 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. A complete application must be submitted before the deadline. Incomplete applications may prevent qualitative assessment of all aspects.  

The application should include:

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

More information is available in the application guidelines on our homepage: https://www.kau.se/en/about-university/working-karlstad-university/work-here/jobs-and-vacancies.

All documents and publications for consideration should be submitted as part of the application – do not only supply links. Three copies of each document that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to: 

Karlstads universitet

Last day of application: 1 August 2019

State ref. no REK 2019/111

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 REK2019/111
  • Clary Krekula, professor och ämnesföreträdare, 054-700 1662
  • Andreas Henriksson, studierektor, 054-700 23 88
  • Line Holth, prefekt, 054-700 19 05
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 14.May.2019
Last application date 01.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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