Karlstad University / Department of Health Sciences

Professor in Public Health Science

The subject of Public Health Science at Karlstad University is expanding, giving us an opportunity to advertise a professorship to further develop our successful research and teaching.


Public Health Science belongs to the Department of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology. The subject’s research and teaching primarily focus on children’s life and health. There is an Environmental Health track, specialised in environmental factors early on in life and how they affect children’s health and development; a Community Medicine track focused on vulnerable children and domestic violence; and a Medical Science track concerning human physiology and pathology.

The subject’s renowned and experienced researchers generate a substantial academic output and comprise 1 professor, 4 associate professors, and 7 senior lecturers. In addition, the subject currently has 7 doctoral students. The Environmental Health research includes the SELMA study, which follows over 2,000 mothers-child pairs from the early stages of pregnancy through delivery and beyond. Focus is on environmental chemicals, lifestyle, and children’s health and development (http://www.selmastudien.se). The Community Medicine track includes ongoing studies about violence against children based on national mappings, inclusive pupil and parent survey studies, and studies about mental health in younger and older individuals with a focus on quality of life and life skills. The research conducted within Medical Science includes pharmaceutical use, epigenetics, and the role of macrophages in cancer and inflammation. Our research is conducted in close cooperation with top-tier national and international institutions where we connect our epidemiological studies to experimental toxicology in cellular and animal models, and particularly risk assessment. Funding comes from domestic research councils as well as their EU and US counterparts.

Our courses and study programmes share a natural interface with our research, a crucial factor in ensuring a disciplinary foundation for our teaching. Public Health Science constitutes a main field of study in degrees on a bachelor, master (60 and 120 ECTS credits), and doctoral level. The subject has offered the Master Programme in Health Science: Focus Public Health Science (VAMAS, 120 ECTS credits) since 2011. The autumn of 2021 will see the inauguration of the new Health, Environment and Society — Bachelor Programme in Public Health Science. This appointment is an opportunity to work in an educational environment with a distinct connection to the subject’s research. The new professor’s teaching and research skills in Public Health Science are therefore highly significant to the academic environment. Alongside the other subjects at the department, Public Health Science works to create a strong academic environment within the field of health. More information about the subject’s courses and programmes is available here: Public health science.


In addition to original research, the position includes the overall responsibility for the development of Public Health Science research, which in turn includes the initiation, stimulation, and leadership of research projects as well as supervision of doctoral students. As professor at the Department of Health Sciences, you will be a leader and work with the research faculty to actively promote a strong research environment. 

The position includes original high-quality research, participation in research projects, and working to reinforce the research basis in courses and programmes. The position of professor also includes an active commitment to teaching and developing the University’s educational mandate from the bachelor level through to the master and doctoral level. Swedish and English are both primary languages of instruction.

The position includes administrative duties. Department, faculty, and university-wide assignments may also be required. This includes the contribution to and reinforcement of collaboration with national and international research environments. The work is conducted in an ever-changing and creative environment where you will play an active role in research and education and the integration of the two. To contribute to a positive work environment and the department’s activities, you will be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

We are looking for a professor in Public Health Science with the right expertise to develop the subject’s research and teaching. The professorship offers excellent opportunities to develop and conduct original research within established studies.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of professor in Public Health Science, applicants are required to have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise. Furthermore, applicants should be established independent researchers within the research domain. Applicants must be highly experienced and skilled in teaching and possess strong administrative, leadership, and collaboration abilities. Verification is expected in the form of publications of a high academic quality in international journals within the research domain as well as documented experience in teaching and educational development. Applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent in Public Health Science or an adjacent field.

Additionally, a professor should have completed courses in supervision and higher education pedagogy. An applicant without these qualifications may be appointed on the condition that he or she commits to completing the courses within two years of employment. For other eligibility requirements, please refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure

Assessment criteria
Equal weight will be given to research and teaching skills. Considerable weight will be given to research experience in the field of children’s life and health in terms of scope, up-to-date experience in cooperation with other research groups, community collaboration, and research and development communication. Documented skill and experience in biostatistics and epidemiological data modelling as well as information systems, within both research and teaching, are valuable qualifications. 

Weight will be given to documented experience and ability in leading development processes for teaching and examinations in your subject or discipline and communicating these efforts to colleagues and students. Weight will also be given to a reflective approach to student learning and your role as a teacher.

Special weight will be given to a strong and recently documented ability to secure national and international research funding, and to experience from international assignments and/or national and international networks. Considerable weight will be given to the ability to cooperate, sound judgement, responsibility, dedication, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.


A permanent full-time position. Special assistance is available for the establishment of the first three years of activities for the professorship, which will be planned by agreement.

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.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, please refer to “Application Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer”.

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 assessment of qualifications. Include two references, at least one of which should be a current or previous supervisor.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • documented experience of assignments as supervisor on the doctoral level
  • certificate of completed courses in supervision and higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an account of other experiences
  • managerial, collaborative, and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • information about language skills
  • 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

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in four copies to the following address:

Karlstads universitet

Application deadline: 2021-06-20                                                

State the reference no: REK2020/200

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 January 2022 or by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/200
  • Helene Wadensjö, Head of Division, +46 54 700 2537, helene@kau.se
  • Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Professor, +46 54 700 2540, carl-gustaf.bornehag@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 04.May.2021
Last application date 20.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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