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


The sociology section offers courses in sociology and sociological social psychology at undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels as well as the social science degree programme Social Analysis, to around 450 students. A staff of around 20 are involved in research, teaching and external contacts and participate in several research projects and in national and international cooperation. 

Currently, research in sociology at Karlstad University is primarily pursued in three main areas: daily and personal life, critical age studies, and resistance studies, often from an intersectionality perspective. We are open to broadening and developing our research areas. 

Sociology is part of a multidisciplinary department, also including social work, psychology and gender studies.  


We are seeking a professor with experience of building inclusive research environments, who has a broad research record and who can play an important role in academic cooperation and in developing sociology. Duties include research and teaching at undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels. A professor has the responsibility for leading and developing research and for supervising doctoral students in the discipline. Duties also involve actively applying for external funding of projects that can include research staff in sociology, as well as developing external contacts and cooperation with other academic institutions in Sweden and abroad. Managerial duties may also be required.  

Qualification requirements

Applicants who have demonstrated research expertise and teaching expertise in sociology are eligible for this professorship.  For more information of requirements, see Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 4 sect. 3 and Karlstad University's Regulations for the Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Staff.


Assessment criteria

Special weight is given to  demonstrated cooperation skills, pronounced academic leadership qualities and  excellent ability to contribute to a sound research environment. 

Special weight is given to documented ability to build research environments, for example by including junior researchers in research projects, or by attracting research funding for doctoral students. 

Special weight is given to research expertise in the current research areas at Karlstad University  mentioned above. 

Considerable weight is given to administrative skills, as well as to good language and communicative skills in Swedish and English. If one of these language skills is missing, an applicant can still be employed on condition that such skills are developed within two years of employment. 

Weight is given to cooperation with national and international research environments.

In the assessment, equal attention is given to teaching expertise and research expertise.

Terms of employment

The appointment is non-fixed term full-time with starting date at the earliest convenience.

We expect the appointee to be present at the university on a daily basis.


Application is to be submitted via the university's web-based recruitment tool Varbi. Applicants are responsible for documenting and attaching qualifications in a way that allows for an objective and qualitative assessment of candidates, and for ensuring that the application is complete and well documented in accordance with the advertisement. Please include two references. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications. We expect a complete application before the last day of application.

Application should include:

  • letter of application
  • CV with references
  • account of teaching and research activities
  • certificate of courses in doctoral student supervision and higher education pedagogy or equivalent qualifications
  • brief account of experience of other employments of relevance
  • brief account of experience of leadership, cooperation,  and administration
  • plans for future research
  • list of publications (specify contributions to co-authored works)
  • copies of transcripts, certificates and diplomas cited in the CV
  • 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 on the application is available in ”Application guidelines for appointments/promotion”, at;


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool Varbi 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 books and publications that cannot be sent electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet
651 88 KARLSTAD 

State the ref.no: REK2019/218

Last day of application: February 16, 2020.

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 Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2019/218
  • Line Holth, Head of Department, +46 54-700 19 05
  • Patrik Larsson, Dean, +46 54-700 10 00
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 54-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 54-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46 54-700 1404
Published 10.Dec.2019
Last application date 29.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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