Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Geography, Media and Communication

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

Department of Geography, Media and Communication is accepting applications for a senior lectureship in Media and Communication Studies. The department comprises Media and Communication Studies, Human Geography, Geography, and Tourism Studies. Several of the department’s researchers are internationally recognised as leaders in their respective fields, we regularly publish in highly-ranked international journals, and we have a thriving application culture. In recent years, we have secured funding from the Swedish Research Council, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), the foundation Anderstiftelsen, and Forte, to name a few. Our visitors often remark on our excellent work climate, inspirational research environment, and world-class fika.


Media and Communication Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and boasts an educational and research environment with strong appeal. The department offers bachelor-level studies within several programmes as well as master-level programmes. Transnational contacts and global perspectives are fundamental in our work. Bachelor studies are primarily conducted in our two major study programmes - Public Relations and Media and Communication. The latter features two tracks - Visual Communication and Design and Digital Media and Analysis. The department is also home to a newly-inaugurated international master programme called Geomedia Studies: Media, Mobility and Spatial Planning.

Research in Media and Communication Studies is conducted in two profiled research groups at the department:

  • the research centre NODE (The Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era, (https://www.kau.se/media/node) with a focus on the social function, practice, and audience of journalism in the age of digitisation and fragmentation, and
  • the Geomedia research environment (https://www.kau.se/en/geomedia) where focus is on the importance of media in organising and giving meaning to spaces and places — and vice versa — with an emphasis on tourism, everyday life, and popular culture.

Find more information about the University at https://www.kau.se/en/ and more information about the subject at https://www.kau.se/en/media-and-communication-studies.


Your duties at the subject will primarily consist of teaching within study programmes, freestanding courses, and occasionally commissioned education. Courses will be focused on Communication Work in Theory and Practice, Strategic Communication, and Visual Communication and Design. Duties include teaching, supervision, examinations, course coordination, and course development as well as active involvement in furthering the subject and department with regard to teaching, research, and community collaboration. 

The Local Working Time Agreement stipulates that 20% of a senior lectureship is earmarked for professional development and can be used for research. This percentage can be extended with external funding.

Particular importance is placed on active involvement in day-to-day operations at the subject and department.

Why choose Media and Communication Studies at Karlstad University?

Our ambition to keep moving forward is evident in everything we do, and your ideas and commitment will be embraced. Our renowned education and research is characterised by close ties to the larger community, and our successful research environment has a significant international impact. We are characterised by internationalisation, and you will interact with colleagues, students, and visitors from all over the world. We systematically work to further development that is socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable. A position at Karlstad University comes with several benefits, such as an elaborate wellness scheme. Find out more about the benefits we offer here: Benefits If you are looking for an exciting and young academic environment with forward motion, Karlstad University is the place for you!

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for a senior lectureship, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Media and Communication Studies or an academically adjacent subject, have completed a course in higher education pedagogy or acquired equivalent skills in some other way, and have demonstrated teaching expertise. An applicant who has not completed a course in higher education pedagogy may still be hired if they commit to doing so within two years of employment using the time earmarked for professional development. The department’s most immediate need for teaching resources is related to courses where Swedish is the primary language of instruction. Proficiency in spoken and written Swedish is therefore a requirement.

Assessment criteria

Special consideration will be given to broad expertise in Media and Communication Studies and experience in teaching at the bachelor and master level. You will be expected to teach and supervise in a variety of courses.

Special consideration will be given to documented and solid experience in teaching areas such as Communication Work in Theory and Practice, Strategic Communication, and Visual Communication and Design.

Considerable weight will be given to the compatibility of your academic profile with the research fields of Geomedia and NODE, and documented excellent skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Additionally, considerable weight will be given to experience in successful applications for research funding and involvement in national and international academic networks.

Considerable weight will also be given to proficiency in communication in written and spoken English.

Additionally, considerable weight will be given to personal qualities such as flexibility, responsibility, and the ability to both cooperate and work well in teams and work autonomously and take initiative.

Weight will be given to administrative proficiency, a pleasant attitude, and the ability to cope with peaks in the workload as well as parallel processes.

The following are considered valuable qualifications:

  • experience in organisational development and leadership
  • experience in course development and web-based teaching
  • experience with collaboration with the larger community


This is a permanent full-time position starting at the earliest convenience, as negotiated. A probationary period may be required.


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 by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications. Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. The application should include:

  • a list of qualifications with two references
  • an in-depth account of research and teaching experience
  • verification of a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an account of other experiences, such as managerial, collaborative, and administrative
  • 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

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application. Do not just provide links. For advice on how to draft your application, please refer to “Application Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professor or senior lecturer” on our “Vacancies” page. You will find the University’s appointments procedure on the same page.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to: Karlstads universitet, Registrator, 651 88 KARLSTAD, Sweden. State the ref.no. REK2021/143.

Application deadline: 31 August 2021

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 According to agreement
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/143
  • Christer Clerwall, prefekt, 054-700 1106
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-700 1404
Published 16.Jun.2021
Last application date 31.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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