Karlstad University / Department of Environmental and Life Sciences


The discipline of Biology has a staff of around 40 and belongs to the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences within the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology. The Biology discipline offers the degrees of Bachelor, Master, or Master of Science in Secondary Education in Biology and Science. Biology is a third-cycle discipline with 18 doctoral students currently enrolled. The discipline’s primary research areas are ecology and biology didactics. Research in biology didactics is conducted within the SMEER research centre (Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research) https://www.kau.se/en/smeer.

The River Ecology and Management Research Group (RivEM) conducts basic and applied research on lakes, watercourses, and surrounding areas. RivEM is an integral part of the discipline’s research and is primarily focused on the sustainable use of natural resources to solve environmental problems in ways that are mutually beneficial to human society and nature. RivEM research areas include the effects of hydropower on connectivity and habitat, aquatic-terrestrial interactions, winter ecology during climate change, endangered species, nature conservation, and socioecological research https://www.kau.se/en/nrrv. Many research projects are carried out in collaboration with industry partners, government agencies, special interest groups, and land owners.


The position of senior lecturer in Biology with a specialisation in Animal Physiology comprises teaching and research. The senior lecturer is expected to participate in planning, conducting, and evaluating teaching, primarily for Animal Physiology and Cell and Molecular Biology courses within the  Biology Programme, and to some extent the Secondary Education Programme in Biology and Science. Duties may include teaching portions of master programme courses in ecology and nature conservation, and supervision of degree projects at the bachelor and master level. We want our new senior lecturer to be a dedicated and skilful educator who will take an active role in developing the discipline’s teaching and research. The applicant is expected to actively contribute to the development of the discipline’s external network and to new externally funded research projects. We would like to see research geared towards ecophysiological and molecular studies, such as DNA barcoding and population genetics.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Biology or equivalent academic qualifications and have documented teaching expertise. An applicant who has not completed 15 ECTS credits of higher education pedagogy may still be hired, provided the course is completed within two years of employment. Applicants are required to have documented expertise in bachelor-level teaching and strong research qualifications with a focus on Animal Physiology.

For other eligibility requirements, please refer to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 4, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure: Appointments procedure

Assessment criteria

In the appointment, equal weight will be given to academic and pedagogical skill.

In the selection of eligible applicants, special weight will be given to

  • comprehensive and documented research qualifications with a specialisation in Animal Physiology, including the use of molecular biology techniques, preferably related to ecological issues.
  • comprehensive and documented pedagogical expertise, based on the planning, execution, and evaluation of instruction, supervision, and examination.

In the selection of eligible applicants, considerable weight will be given to

  • previous success in securing—preferably substantial—external funds.
  • the ability to build positive relationships with colleagues and students, show initiative, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the work of other people.
  • a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Swedish and English in terms of communication and teaching.

In the selection of eligible applicants, weight will be given to

  • experience with instruction in teacher education and/or a degree in teaching.
  • experience in communicating research findings to various target groups in society.
  • the ability for cooperation inside and outside the academic community.
  • the scope of one’s external network of international and domestic contacts within the discipline.
  • experience as a supervisor on a third-cycle level.

The appointment will be made following a qualitative holistic review of competence and skills to determine which applicant has the best ability to perform and develop the duties at hand as well as contribute to the positive development of Biology as a discipline.


A permanent full-time position starting 1 September 2022, or by agreement. A probationary period may be required.

Additional information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences. 


The application should include well-documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application to the University in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement and before the deadline. Please pay close attention to the instructions in “Application guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer” regarding what the items below should include. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • a cover letter describing your qualifications and qualities in relation to the position
  • a verified CV/list of qualifications with at least three references, one of which should be from a person with a supervisory role. [LG1]Your references should be well acquainted with your research experience and teaching ability.
  • an in-depth account of teaching philosophy and experience
  • an in-depth account of research experience, including successfully secured external funds
  • verification of a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an account of other experiences
  • an account of managerial, collaborative, and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • copies of course transcripts, degree certificates, and other certificates
  • no more than 10 scientific publications and no more than 5 materials intended to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, computer programs for teaching, or popular science articles.

Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application. Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books, publications, or computer programs, should be sent in triplicate to:

Karlstads universitet Registrator

651 88 Karlstad

State the ref. no. REK 2020/59.

Application deadline: 2021-08-22

We look forward to your application!

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September 2022, or by agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/59
  • Larry Greenberg, 054 700 1543
  • Ann Erlandsson, 054 700 2471
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 28.Apr.2021
Last application date 22.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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