Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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

Research in political science at Karlstad University is currently pursued mainly in three areas: public sector governance, critical policy studies with a focus on gender mainstreaming and the environment, and European studies.  In addition, new recruitments are developing research in international relations with a focus on the Middle East and election studies. On a general level, there is a great interest in traditional research issues in political science regarding theory of democracy and political theory in the department. Our research is also linked to a broader environment at the university, mainly through collaboration with Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS) and Centre for Social Science Education CSD). Political Science is part of the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies, and Cooperation between disciplines is ongoing in study programmes and research.

We offer courses and programmes at all university levels. At undergraduate level we offer a Bachelor programme, and a wide range of courses in political science, European studies and public health administration. We also participate in courses for the spatial and social planning programme and teacher education programmes, and offer a Master’s programme in political science in a new format which started in autumn 2019.  At doctoral level we offer courses in theory and methodology and develop new courses in the areas central to research areas.

External contacts and collaboration are important to us besides research and teaching. This is manifested in our frequent media appearance as commentators and experts.

The position includes the three standard duties of a senior lectureship: first, teaching and supervising at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels, usually also including programme or course convening; second, participating in developing teaching and research in the subject; and third, pursuing research while actively applying for external research funding, keeping up with developments in the research area and publishing in international journals.

Qualification requirements
The eligibility requirements for the position is a doctor’s degree in political science, or equivalent academic qualifications, completed course in higher education pedagogy, or equivalent, and demonstrated teaching skills.

The course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

For more details of eligibility, see Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 4 sect. 4 and Regulations for the appointment and promotion of teaching staff.

Assessment criteria
Special weight is given to teaching expertise, experience of teaching courses at all levels, and course and programme convening and development. Teaching expertise must be documented in a way that allows for a qualitative assessment. As a great part of duties concern teaching in Swedish, special weight is given to command of Swedish or a Nordic language in speech and writing. Considerable weight is given to ongoing research and ability to initiate and conduct research independently.

Considerable weight  is given to personal qualities such as ability to cooperate, to take initiatives and to create good relationships with students and colleagues.

Weight is given to ability to communicate with external contacts and organisations.  

Research in terms of international publications and success in competing for external funding is a valuable qualification, as is administrative experience.

We expect attendance at work on a daily basis and participation in joint departmental tasks and activities.

The applicant who, after a qualitative assessment, is considered to have the best qualifications for the duties of the position and best able to contribute to a positive development of the subject political science will be offered the position. In case of equal qualifications, priority is given to the applicant whose research and teaching experience is deemed to be of greater relevance to current research and course offerings.

Karlstad University strives for equal distribution of gender. In case of equal qualifications, priority is given to the underrepresented sex.

Terms of employment
The position is non-fixed term, full-time employment, starting at the earliest convenience. A probationary period may be used. The position is subject to pending decision.

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 jeopardise a fair and qualitative assessment of all aspects.

Application should include:

  • Letter of application Verified CV with at least two references
  • Certificates of completed course in doctoral supervision and higher education pedagogy, or account of equivalent knowledge
  • Copies of transcripts, certificates and diplomas
  • Account of research and teaching activities
  • Brief account of pedagogical philosophy
  • Account of experience of leadership, administration and external cooperation List of publications (specify your contributions to co-authored works)
  • Max ten academic publications and max five works designed to convey knowledge such as text books, educational software, or popular science articles (specify your contributions to co-authored works)
  • Max five works designed to convey knowledge such as text books, educational software, or popular science articles (specify your contributions to co-authored works).
  • Brief proposal of two courses in your area of expertise –one for the undergraduate level and one for the Master’s level– which would contribute to the development of political science at Karlstad University.

More information on the application is available in ”Application guidelines for appointments/promotion”, at https://www.kau.se/en/work. ”Regulations for appointment and promotion of teaching staff” is also available there.


Application should be made electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment tool Varbi. Three copies of documents that cannot be sent electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet Registrator 651 88 KARLSTAD

State the ref. no Dnr REK2019/226

Last day of application: 10 December 2019

We look forward to receiving your application!

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

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 REK2019/226
  • Arne Qvarfordt-Larsson, head of department, 054-700 1324
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
Published 05.Nov.2019
Last application date 10.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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