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


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 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. The unit comprises a staff of 20, working with research, education, and external contacts. It is part of several national and international partnerships in education and research.

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. We are open to the expansion and development of our research, including new research areas. The unit offers a PhD programme in Sociology, where some students are also part of the CRS research centre at Karlstad University.

Sociology is part of a multidisciplinary department that also includes Social Work, Psychology, and Gender Studies.


The primary duty is teaching in Sociology and Social Psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including freestanding courses and the study programmes; teaching on quantitative methods will likely be required. Other tasks include teaching, supervision, examinations, course coordination, and course development, as well as active participation in developing the unit, department, and faculty with regard to teaching, research, and community collaboration. You are expected to play an active role in the unit’s research, conduct your own research, and help secure external fund. Teaching undergraduates should make up no less than 20% of the position. Doctoral supervision and instruction may be required. Duties may also include teaching at other study programmes, such as Social Work, Psychology, and teacher education. Time allotted for professional development typically account for 20% of the working hours.

Qualification requirements 

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer, applicants must hold a PhD in Sociology (or equivalent). Pursuant to the Karlstad University Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved, as well as having 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 4, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

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.

Assessment criteria 

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

Considerable weight will be given to scientific and teaching skill in Sociology. Equal attention will be given to assessing teaching and scientific skills respectively.

Considerable weight will also be given to your social skills, such as the ability to cooperate, the ability to create good relations, initiative, and willingness to engage with others’ work.

Weight will be given to experience in research using and/or teaching about quantitative methods, as well as administrative, research and development communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with actors external to the university.


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

We expect the person appointed to be physically present in our environment.

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. 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.

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
  • 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.

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). 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 the following address;

Karlstads universitet

Application deadline: May 9, 2021

State the reference no: REK 2021/44

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/44
  • Line Holth, prefekt, +46 54 700 1905, Line.Holth@kau.se
  • Andreas Henriksson, studierektor, +46 54 700 2388, Andreas.Henriksson@kau.se
  • Åsa Wettergren, professor och ämnesföreträdare, +46 54 700 2567. Asa.Wettergren@kau.se
  • Fredrik Hjärthag, proprefekt, + 45 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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