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


Department of Social and Psychological Studies is seeking a senior lecturer in Social Work.

The subjects of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology and Gender Studies make up the Department of Social and Psychological Studies, which has a staff of around 90 members including 13 professors, 2 associate professors, 31 senior lecturers, 25 lecturers and 11 doctoral students.  

Social Work has around 25 members of staff involved in teaching, research and external activities. The main degree programme offered is the Bachelor of Science in Social Work with 350 students. In addition, courses are offered at Master’s and doctoral levels.

Research in social work at Karlstad University ranges across many areas such as domestic violence and honour violence and oppression, around which an interdisciplinary environment is currently under development; vulnerable children, child and adolescent mental health and social service assessment and interventions. Also areas of vulnerability and marginalisation, the role of civil society in the welfare sector, the social and health consequences of unemployment, and working conditions in the field of social work are studied. Our current doctoral student projects are related to green care and elderly care in terms of human rights. Many new research projects are currently under development in our department, which means that the successful candidate will have opportunitites to participate in buildning our research environment.

We have close cooperation with a regional research unit, FoU Välfärd Värmland, located at the University, which vigorously organises many activities and practice-related studies, evaluation projects, seminars and conferences.


The position mainly involves teaching social work programme courses including course convening, supervision and examination. A qualification that we presently lack in particular is law in social work practice. The senior lecturer will actively partake in research and applications for external research funding. Since each member of staff is important, the senior lecturer is expected to participate in subject development and quality assurance as well as keeping updated on disciplinary progress and the social changes impacting on the field of social work. In addition, supervising and teaching at Master’s and doctoral levels may be required. 

Qualification requirements

The eligibility requirements are a doctor’s degree in social work or equivalent academic qualifications in an area of relevance to the position, as well as documented teaching expertise and completed course in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

Assessment criteria

Research and teaching expertise are of equal and special weight for the position. Applicants are expected to have good knowledge of Swedish and English as both are required in academia and internationalisation is a prioritised area. In special circumstances, this requirement may be set aside on condition that the successful applicant actively commits to acquiring the missing language skills. Both research and teaching expertise shall be well documented to guarantee that assessment of their scope and quality can be made.  

Considerable weight is given to administrative skills, and to ability to cooperate internally and externally. We also value personal qualities such as abilities to collaborate, to create good relationships with colleagues, thus contributing to a good work environment. Considerable weight is also given to abilities to take responsibility for tasks, to work independently and to take initiatives.

A Bachelor degree in social work and/or documented experience of professional work in the field are valuable qualifications, as is expertise in law related to social work, social psychology and/or the client perspective.

The applicant who, after a qualitative appraisal of expertise and skills, is considered to have the best qualifications to carry out and develop the duties specified and contribute to a development of the social work programme and social work as a subject and research discipline, will be offered the position. In case of equal qualifications, priority will be given to the candidate whose research and teaching experiences are deemed to be of greatest relevance to the department. See the social work homepage for more information of our research.

For further information on qualification requirements, see Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 4 and Karlstad University's regulations on the appointment and promotion of teaching staff.

Terms of employment

The position is full-time, non-fixed term employment with starting date at the earliest convenience. Workplace attendance on a daily basis is required for ensuring successful cooperation and good working culture.  A probationary period may be used.  


Well documented qualifications should be attached. Applicants are responsible for documenting qualifications in a way that allows for an objective and qualitative assessment and that the application is complete before the deadline. An incomplete application may mean that all aspects cannot be assessed qualitatively.

Application should include;

  • letter of application
  • CV with two references
  • account of teaching and research activities
  • copies of transcripts, certificates and degree diplomas
  • certificate of completed course in higher education pedagogy or account of equivalent qualifications
  • description of qualifications in relation to the content and duties of the position
  • plans for future research
  • brief account of experience of other activities, such as leadership, cooperation and administration
  • list of publications (specify your contribution to co-authored works)
  • 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 (specify your contribution to co-authored works)

More details of the application are available in "Application Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer and appointment of associate senior lecturer" at www.kau.se under vacancies. Karlstad University's regulations on the appointment and promotion of teaching staff is also available there. 

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).

Three copies of documents that cannot be sent electronically such as books and other publications should be sent to;

Karlstad University 
651 88 Karlstad

Last day of application: December 8, 2019.

State ref.no REK 2019/217

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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 REK2019/217
  • Marie Nordfeldt, Professor och ämnesföreträdare, 054 700 11 14
  • Line Holth, Prefekt, 054-700 19 05
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 14 34
Published 24.Oct.2019
Last application date 08.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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