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 1 300 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


We are looking for a senior lecturer in Psychology, a subject with a staff of over 30 members in the Department of Social and Psychological Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Department also houses Gender Studies, Social Work, and Sociology.

The subject of Psychology offers first-cycle, second-cycle, and third-cycle education. In October, 2014, the subject was granted the rights to issue the Degree of Master of Science in Psychology, and the Master of Science in Psychology Programme was launched in the autumn of 2015.

In addition to this programme, several freestanding courses in the subject of Psychology are offered on a first-cycle and second-cycle level. Third-cycle education in Psychology has been offered at Karlstad University since the beginning of 2006. Within the subject of Psychology, several research projects are ongoing, most of which focus on the fields of clinical psychology and the psychology of everyday life.


The primary duty is teaching Psychology, and it is important that applicants are able to teach from the very start of the employment. Teaching duties may span several fields within the subject, and it is worth noting that teaching qualitative method may be required.  The work primarily comprises teaching and supervision for the freestanding courses and the Master of Science in Psychology Programme, but teaching in contract education or third-cycle education may also be required. Classes will be taught in both Swedish and English. Tasks including teaching, supervision, examinations, course coordination, and course development are required as part of the position, as is the active participation in developing the subject and Department with regard to teaching, research, and community collaboration. The position includes time allotted for continuing professional development. The position is in Karlstad.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Psychology or equal scientific qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein.

Applicants must have demonstrated pedagogical skills as well as having a completed course in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. (For other eligibility requirements, please refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure and the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 §4.)

Proficiency in spoken and written Swedish and English will also be required.

Assessment criteria 

Special weight will be given to the applicant’s experience of teaching Psychology at a university college/university, and experience of teaching at a Master’s of Science in Psychology programme is a valuable qualification. 

In the assessment of scientific and pedagogical skills, special weight will be given to pedagogical skills.

Pedagogical ability will be assessed based on the ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate classes and on supervision and examination ability.

Weight will be given to documented experience and ability to lead and communicate development processes with colleagues and students with regard to teaching and examinations in your subject or discipline, and to a reflective approach to how your students learn and your role as a teacher.

Scientific skill will be assessed based on scientific quality and the scale of the research in terms of depth and range in the subject of Psychology. Having received external funding is also a valuable qualification.

Considerable weight will be given to personal qualities such as initiative, the ability to cooperate, and the ability to build good relations with colleagues and students and thus contribute to a positive working environment. Considerable weight will also be given to the person’s sense of responsibility for their duties and ability to work independently. The ability to work with the larger community will also be of importance to this position.


This is a permanent full-time position (100%) starting at the earliest convenience. A probationary period may be required.

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

Further 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, 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 at least two references, at least one of which should be from a current or previous supervisor.

The application should include:

  • CV,
  • Cover letter,
  • An in-depth account of teaching experience and an account of teaching philosophy
  • An in-depth account of research experience
  • Certificate to verify a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • An account of other experiences, such as 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.

More information on the application is available in ”Application guidelines for appointments/ promotion”, at; https://www.kau.se/en/work-us/work/vacancies

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links to them). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content. Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to;

Karlstads universitet
651 88 Karlstad

Application deadline: April 18, 2021.

State the reference no:
REK 2021/21

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 REK2021/21
  • Fredrik Hjärthag, proprefekt, +46 54 700 2270, Fredrik.Hjarthag@kau.se
  • Maria Tillfors, professor, +46 54 700 2189, Maria.Tillfors@kau.se
  • Lars E Olsson, professor och ämnesföreträdare, +46 54 700 2498, Lars.E.Olsson@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 17.Feb.2021
Last application date 18.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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