Faculty of Health, Science and Technology

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Are you interested in educating future engineers and contributing to a sustainable and digitized construction industry? We are looking for an architect or engineer with a PhD and professional experience from building planning and design, as well as expertise and an interest in sustainable development and BIM.


The Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences at the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology has a staff of approximately 50 members and offers courses within four engineering programmes, teacher education, foundation year studies, and bachelor programmes with various specialisations.

Building and Construction Engineering is one of four subjects within the department. In addition to teaching Real Estate Management students and others, the subject houses one of the University’s biggest engineering programmes - the Study Programme in Building and Construction Engineering. The teaching rests on a foundation of sustainable development/sustainable construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and digital aids for the construction process. These include drafting instruments as well as planning and design tools such as environmental databases. Construction accounts for a significant portion of the global climate impact and we therefore strive to address these challenges, from the bachelor level through to the research level. Our approach is to educate students in areas such as sustainable construction, various aspects on energy in buildings, lifecycle analysis, circular economy, etc.

The subject’s research is in a development phase and focuses on different aspects of sustainable construction, primarily in wood construction, within Pro2Be, https://www.kau.se/en/pro2be.
Much of the department’s research is conducted in regional and national industry collaboration.



As senior lecturer in Building and Construction Engineering, you will be active in the planning, execution, and development of teaching within the scope of the Study Programme in Building and Construction Engineering. You will contribute to course development at the master level and serve as course examiner within the subject. In addition to teaching, you will be expected to further the ongoing establishment of the department’s research and actively apply for external funding to facilitate the initiation and execution of new research projects.

You will primarily teach fundamental building technology, building and spatial planning, computer-aided planning and design, and sustainable construction. You and the other teachers all share responsibility for developing teaching in digitisation. Teaching in academically adjacent subjects and study programmes may also be required. The language of instruction is Swedish.

To contribute to a positive work environment and help further the subject’s activities, 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 senior lecturer in Building and Construction Engineering, applicants are required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and hold a PhD in Architecture or Building and Construction Engineering or has corresponding research competence or other professional expertise that is of great value in view of the subject matter of the appointment and the duties that it will involve.

The Karlstad University Appointments Procedure stipulates that teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved, as well as a completed course in higher education pedagogy. An applicant who has not completed a course in higher education pedagogy is eligible for the position if they use the time allotted for professional development to complete the course within two years of employment.

The position requires proficiency in Swedish and English. An applicant who does not meet this requirement may still be hired provided they are able to actively acquire the specified language skills.

Assessment criteria

In the assessment of applications, equal weight will be given to research and teaching skills.

Special weight will be given to:

  • Practical professional experience and proficiency in computer-aided (BIM) building planning and design
  • Expertise in building and spatial planning
  • Expertise in contemporary Swedish building technology and the applicable laws and regulations
  • Research experience in sustainable construction, including aspects like material selection, lifecycle analysis, spatial planning, or research experience in BIM
  • Strong ability to teach in Swedish
  • Documented teaching skill and experience


Valuable qualifications for the position:

  • Proficiency in frequently used planning and design software
  • Expertise in sustainable construction
  • Comprehensive subject knowledge in building technology
  • Documented history of successfully research funding applications

Considerable weight will be given to personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with students and colleagues, sound judgement, responsibility, dedication, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.

For other eligibility requirements and bases for assessment, please refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure: https://www.kau.se/files/2021-03/Appointment procedures for the Recruitment and Appointment of Academic Staff.pdf



This is a permanent full-time position. Start date as negotiated.

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.


Applications are submitted via the University’s web-based recruitment tool. 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 by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardize a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • An in-depth account of teaching skills and experience
  • An in-depth account of research experience
  • Verification of 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
  • Two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor

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: Karlstads universitet, Registrator, 651 88 KARLSTAD, Sweden.

State the reference no: REK2021/145

Application deadline: 22nd of 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 By agreement
Salary Monthly. Individual salary.
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/145
  • Gunilla Carlsson Kvarnlöf, head of department , +46 54 700 1194
  • Malin Olin, deputy head of department , +46 54 700 1590
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 54 700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 54 700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46 54 700 1404
Published 11.Jun.2021
Last application date 22.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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