Karlstad University / Karlstad Business School

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


Karlstad Business School, inaugurated in 2009, educates responsible professionals and conducts research with societal impact. The school comprises the academic disciplines of Working Life Science, Business Administration, Information Systems, Law, Economics, and Statistics. Working Life Science is an interdisciplinary subject comprising several perspectives and theoretical fields concerning work and working life. The discipline offers teaching in Working Life Science at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The research conducted within the subject incorporates a wide range of problem definitions, approaches, and perspectives. More information is available on the discipline’s website, kau.se/en/working-life-science.

The discipline of Working Life Science is characterised by a positive atmosphere, a strong sense of community, and constructive cooperation. Applicants will have the opportunity to conduct and develop research and teaching together with dedicated colleagues. Working Life Science also offers opportunities for individual professional growth and the development of personal interests. We work closely with other higher education institutions and are part of the Working Life Science in the West of Sweden network of universities collaborating on issues concerning education and research. Working Life Science in Karlstad has a long-standing tradition of procuring external funds for research. Several ongoing research projects are being conducted in partnership with other disciplines within both Karlstad Business School and the wider university, as well as other universities in Sweden and abroad. Doctoral studies are an important aspect of the discipline with doctoral researchers posted both in Karlstad and at other universities. We publish the scientific journal Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv in partnership with the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg.


The senior lectureship in Working Life Science comprises traditional academic duties within the framework of the threefold mandate: (a) instruction, course development, and supervision, (b) research (where securing external research funds and publication in high quality peer reviewed journals are crucial elements), and (c) collaboration in various forms with society, locally, nationally and internationally. The position also includes active participation and initiative in terms of the discipline’s development.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Working Life Science or equivalent scientific qualifications deemed specifically relevant to the duties.

Another requirement for eligibility is that the applicant has completed a 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. We welcome applicants whose first language is not Swedish, provided that they have working language skills in English and commit to actively work to acquire Swedish language skills. For other eligibility requirements, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure and the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 4.

Assessment criteria

Weight will be given to the applicant’s:

  • Scientific qualifications and publications
  • Experience and qualifications in teaching
  • Ability to apply for and secure research funding
  • Personal qualities such as the ability to work independently, perceptiveness, the ability to cooperate, initiative, and dedication. 

Following a qualitative holistic review of competence, skills, and personal qualities, the applicant deemed to have the best ability to perform and develop the duties at hand as well as contribute to the positive development of Working Life Science as a discipline will be appointed. If applicants have qualifications of equal value, priority will be given to the applicant whose experience in research, teaching, and collaboration is deemed most relevant to the discipline’s operations.


Permanent, full-time position (100%). Start date at the earliest convenience, as agreed by both parties. A probationary period may be required.


The application should include well-documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application before the deadline and in accordance with the instructions. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV including list of qualifications and at least two references
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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”. 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 should be sent in triplicate to:

Karlstads universitet

State the reference no: REK2021/90.

The application deadline is 31st of May, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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 REK2021/90
  • Robert MacKenzie, Professor and Subject Lead, robert.mackenzie@kau.se
  • Martin Grimberg Löfgren, Head of School, martin.lofgren@kau.se
  • Lars Ivarsson, Docent and Director of Studies, lars.ivarsson@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46(0)54-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46(0)54-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46(0)54 700 1404
Published 29.Apr.2021
Last application date 31.May.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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