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

Would you like to help develop an exciting research environment in the discipline of Sociology at a multidisciplinary department?


Sociology at Karlstad University is a well-established intermediate-sized unit, which includes a PhD programme. The education and research profile is distinctly sociological, and lie at the forefront of the field. You will work closely with colleagues from many disciplines and have good opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration. The unit is quick to embrace new initiatives in education and research.

Sociology is part of a multidisciplinary department that also includes Social Work, Psychology, and Gender Studies. The unit comprises around 20 sociologists working with research and education. We are part of several research projects, national and international partnerships, and networks. Research at the unit is primarily specialised in: 1. Power and resistance, 2. Personal life, emotions, and the organisation of everyday life, and 3. Sociology of ageing. Other research areas within this framework include the sociology of death, gender, work organisation, and small businesses. We aspire to contribute to stronger, more in-depth research in our discipline and to create stable conditions for a dynamic and creative research environment with a strong sense of community. Multidisciplinary research projects are also conducted on a department level.

Sociology offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies. It includes a Bachelor’s programme in the social sciences: The Social Analysis Study Programme, and a Master’s (120 credits) programme: Critical Social Analysis. We have approximately 230 full-year and full-time students annually.


Duties comprise research as well as teaching and supervision. We are seeking a candidate who is ready to take on the role as head of research with the overarching responsibility for research and doctoral studies, and to represent the discipline’s research on a department and faculty level. The head of research will also ensure the development and continued high quality of the unit’s education, research, and collaboration.

As a professor, you are the leader of the unit’s research efforts and research environment, and we therefore welcome applicants who conduct research in one or more of the specialisations or areas represented at the unit. You will be expected to contribute to externally funded research by actively pursuing external funds and developing the joint processes around writing applications. Duties also include applying to fund doctoral students. You will also be expected to further collaboration with the larger community and with other higher education institutions in Sweden and abroad. To contribute to a vibrant work environment, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements 

To be eligible for the position of professor in Sociology, applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent in Sociology and have documented scientific and teaching proficiency. The position requires proficiency in Swedish and English. A candidate who does not meet this requirement may still be hired provided they are able to actively acquire these language skills.

Pursuant to the Karlstad University Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved. A professor must also have completed a course on teaching in higher education. If not completed at the start of the employment, the course on higher education teaching may be completed within two years. For other eligibility requirements, refer to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 3, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Assessment criteria

Equal weight will be given to scientific and teaching skills.

Special weight will be given to the applicant’s strong command of spoken and written Swedish and English.

Special weight will be given to the applicant’s recognised cooperation skills, strong academic leadership qualities, and ability to contribute to a good research environment.

Considerable weight will be given to administrative skill and familiarity with the academic system for higher education in the Nordics.

In the assessment of scientific skill, a valuable qualification is recently documented ability to secure funding for research, as is experience from international assignments, or experience with national and international networks. Another valuable qualification is prior administrative experience with research leadership and research in any of the specialisations or areas represented within the discipline.

Another valuable qualification is up-to-date experience with community collaboration, and research and development communication.


This is a permanent full-time position starting at the earliest convenience, as agreed upon by both parties. We expect the person appointed to be physically present in our environment.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. The application should include well-documented qualifications. We would like you to list two references. 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. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter,
  • list of qualifications including two references (CV)
  • An in-depth account of research and teaching experience
  • Certificate to verify a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • An account of other experiences of importance
  • 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 for the experience you would like considered
  • 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.

For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “Application Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer”. 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). Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books, should be sent in triplicate to;

Karlstads universitet

Application deadline: May 9, 2021

State the reference no: REK 2021/24

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 REK2021/24
  • Line Holth, +46 54 700 1905, Line.Holth@kau.se
  • Andreas Henriksson, studierektor, +46 54 700 2388. Andreas.Henriksson@kau.se
  • Åsa Wettergren, ämnesföreträdare, +46 54 700 2567. Asa.Wettergren@kau.se
  • Fredrik Hjärthag, proprefekt, +46 54 700 2270, Fredrik.Hjarthag@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 16.Mar.2021
Last application date 09.May.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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