Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Department of Health 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

The Department of Health Sciences includes the subjects Oral Health, Nursing, Public Health Science and Medical Science. The department has an important role in the education of students within the Nursing Programme, the programmes in Specialist Nursing and the Master’s Programme in Health Science, as well as offering freestanding courses in nursing, public health science and medical science. As of the autumn term 2020, the new three-year Dental Hygienist Programme opens with the aim of becoming one of the best study programmes in the country and thereby contribute to the competence maintenance of dental hygienist in Sweden. It is a modified campus programme where digital distance learning is combined with examinations and clinical training on campus, as well as placements in different parts of the country. Together with the department’s health science subjects, we promote joint development of research and education within the field of health. You will find more information about the new dental hygienist programme on our website.

For doctoral students within the field, the faculty offers a research education environment, the Graduate School of Health. The department has close and fruitful co-operation with Region Värmland. In collaboration with Folktandvården Region Värmland, we will within the near future set up Sweden’s fist academic public dental service clinic (AFK) in Karlstad. AFK is located in immediate proximity to the university and creates great opportunities for development and collaboration within education and research.

Research in the subject aims to apply a salutogenic perspective, which means that it is characterised by the importance of health factors for oral health within different social groups and during the entire life cycle. The profile field of oral health is based on a public health perspective and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration at both local, national and international level. We offer a unique opportunity to be a part of a research group with great visions for the future of research that is represented by highly topical areas within oral health, such as epidemiology, public health and paediatric dentistry and gerodontics. You will find more information about our research on our website.

As a new employee at the subject Oral Health, you are offered the opportunity to contribute towards, and create, the dental hygienist programme of today and the future. Duties include primarily teaching-related tasks and research.

Teaching-related tasks include development and planning of courses, teaching and examinations within the Dental Hygienist Programme and, where applicable, freestanding courses and contract education. Theoretical teaching takes place mainly via distance learning and clinical teaching/supervision on campus. You may be required to participate in third-cycle courses in health sciences. These are held mainly in collaboration with the Graduation School of Health. Duties also include following the development within oral health and the social development at large that has relevance for the subject and teaching.

As a senior lecturer, you are expected to initiate and conduct research that develops and strengthens the research profile of the department and the subject in collaboration with other researchers and the surrounding community, nationally as well as internationally. It is therefore important that the person who will hold the position actively participates in the research development and applies for external funding together with other researchers. Within the framework of the senior lectureship, there will be resources and room for professional development/research. There will also be opportunities to supervise doctoral students.

Other administrative tasks at the department may be included in the duties, for example, participation in work teams, committees and councils, as well as specific areas of responsibility.

Qualification requirements
Applicants are eligible for the position as senior lecturer at the department who have obtained their Degree of Doctor in Oral Health or in a subject with relevance for the content of the position, as well as a Higher Education Diploma in Dental Hygiene with legitimation. It is also required that the applicant can show a high level of teaching expertise and has a completed course in higher education pedagogy or equivalent qualifications. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. The position requires a high level of proficiency in Swedish and English. If the applicant lacks the required proficiency in English, employment may still take place under the condition that the applicant actively commits to acquiring the required language skills. Teaching at first-cycle level will be held in Swedish and therefore a high level of proficiency in Swedish is part of the qualification requirements.

More information on qualification requirements can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance and Karlstad University’s appointments procedure.

Assessment criteria
Equal weight is given to the applicant’s research and teaching expertise. Special weight is given to good teaching ability and ability to supervise students. Special weight is given to research conducted within the field of Oral Health or similar fields. Considerable weight is given to personal qualities such as ability to create good relationships with colleagues and students, ability to co-operate, take initiatives and actively participate in the activities of the department. Weight is also given to collaborations with the surrounding community and research funding awarded in competition.

Karlstad University aims to be an open, international university and therefore values international experience.

More information on assessment criteria can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Terms of employment
The lectureship is a full-time permanent position, starting as soon as possible according to agreement. A probationary period of employment may be required.

The subject Oral Health is in a development phase where the establishment and development of research is of great importance. Therefore, 30% of working hours are granted for research and professional development during the first year of employment, followed by 20% of working hours in accordance with the university’s policy.

The application should include well-documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for documenting qualifications in a way that allows for an objective and qualitative assessment of candidates, and for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement before the deadline.

The application should include:

  • cover letter
  • documented CV including contact details of at least two references
  • descriptive account of teaching and research skills
  • certificate of course in higher education pedagogy, or account of equivalent qualifications
  • account of other work experience
  • account of experience of leadership, co-operation and administration
  • future teaching and research plans
  • account of proficiency in Swedish and English
  • list of publications (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  • copies of relevant transcripts, degree certificates and employment certificates
  • 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 is available in the document “Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer and appointment of postdoctoral research fellow” on our web page https://www.kau.se/en/work-us/work/vacancies. Here you will also find Karlstad University’s appointments procedure.

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

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad

State ref. no REK2020/92

Last day of application 31 May 2020


We look forward to receiving your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/92
  • Helene Hjalmarson, Head of Department , +46 (0)70-385 17 93
  • Ulrika Lindmark, Ämnesföreträdare och Docent , +46 (0)73-030 27 28
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 17 14
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 14 34
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-700 14 04
Published 28.Apr.2020
Last application date 31.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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