Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Geography, Media and Communication

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 at https://www.kau.se/en/work-with-us

The Department of Geography, Media and Communication is seeking a senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies. The department comprises the disciplines Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, Human Geography, and Tourism Studies. Guests often remark on our good work environment and our world-class “Swedish fika”. This, in combination with excellent research, makes our department stand out.


Media and Communication Studies, which forms part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, offers an attractive teaching and research environment. The department offers bachelor-level courses as part of a number of study programmes, as well as master-level programmes. Boundary-crossing contacts and global perspectives are natural parts of our work. Most of our bachelor-level education is offered as part of two large programmes: Public Relations, and Media and Communication. The second of these is offered with two tracks: Visual Communication Design and Digital Media and Analysis, which focuses on theoretical and practical analysis of media content and media use in digital environments, such as mobile and social media.

Research in Media and Communication Studies is conducted in two profiled research groups at the department: the Geomedia research group (https://www.kau.se/en/geomedia) and NODE (the Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era; http://www.kau.se/node/).

Further information on the university is available at https://www.kau.se/en, and on the discipline at https://www.kau.se/en/media-and-communication-studies.


The successful candidate will primarily teach subject courses, courses on study programmes, as well as commissioned courses, if applicable. The position includes teaching, supervision, examination, course coordination and course development, as well as active participation in the development work done at the discipline and department in the areas of teaching and community cooperation. According to the working hours agreement, senior lecturers are allotted 20% for professional development, which may be used for research and may be extended through external funding.

Why choose Karlstad University?

Karlstad University is forward-looking, and this is evident in everything we do. We always provide space for ideas and enthusiasm. Our high-regarded teaching and research are characterised by close community cooperation. The university is international and here you will meet staff, students and guests from around the world. The university is engaged in systematically promoting socially, financially and environmentally sustainable development. A position at Karlstad University offers many benefits, such as lunch training at the on-campus gym. For further information, see https://www.kau.se/en/work-us/jobb/benefits. If you want to work in a young and exciting university environment, Karlstad University is ideal!

Qualification requirements

The eligibility requirement for appointment as senior lecturer is a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies or a related area applicable to the advertised position, and documented teaching expertise. A completed course in higher education pedagogy, or an equivalent qualification, is required for appointment as senior lecturer. Under special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

Assessment criteria

Special weight is given to broad and specialised knowledge as well as documented teaching experience of Media and Communication Studies. The successful applicant is expected to teach and supervise on many different course at bachelor and master levels. Special weight is further given to theoretical and practical knowledge of computer-assisted digital analysis of media contents and use. Special weight is also given to good ability to cooperate, since many duties are performed in different teams.

Considerable weight is given to a research profile related to the area digital media and analysis or related areas such as information systems, digital humanities, or science and technology studies, as well as ability to teach on digital cultures, social media and web production. Considerable weight is further given to experience of independently using qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as knowledge of and playing a role in current methodological developments in the areas of data collection and analysis in digital environments (e.g. automated content analysis, data visualisation, network analysis and digital ethnography).

Considerable weight is also given to teaching expertise and experience of participation in pedagogical development work.

Since teaching is offered in Swedish and English, considerable weight is also given to good written and spoken skills as well as teaching experience in these languages.

Considerable weight is further given to experience of successfully applying for external research funding as well as participation in national and international networks.

Weight is given to the ability to work independently and take own initiative.

Weight is further given to:

• experience of development and leadership
• teaching experience at master and bachelor levels
• international experience
• experience of course development and web-based teaching
• experience of community cooperation.

If applicants have similar qualifications, those who can teach in Swedish will be ranker higher.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience, as per agreement. A probationary period may be required.


Applications are submitted via Karlstad University’s web-based recruitment system Varbi and should include:

  • documented CV with the contact details of two references
  • descriptive account of teaching and research experience
  • certificate of course in higher education pedagogy, or account of equivalent qualification
  • account of other experience, and experience of leadership, cooperation and administration
  • future research and teaching plans
  • list of publications (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  • copies of degree certificates and other transcripts and certificates documenting qualifications
  • a maximum of ten academic publications, as well as five works designed to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, educational software or popular science articles.

All documents and publications should be attached to the electronic application (do not provide links only). 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, where Karlstad University’s Regulations for the Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Staff also may be found.

Three copies of each document that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books and publications, should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet, Registrator, 651 88 KARLSTAD, Sweden.

State ref. no REK2019/151

Application deadline: 18 August 2019

We look forward to receiving your application.

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Individuell lönesättning
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2019/151
  • Christer Clerwall, 054-700 1000
  • Susanne Almgren, 054-700 1000
  • Michael Karlsson, 054-700 1000
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 19.Jun.2019
Last application date 18.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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