Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Social and Psychological Studies

Sapere Aude – dare to be wise – is out motto. Our students and colleagues develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around us. Our academic excellence is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance, and our organisation rests on a foundation of gender equality, diversity and democracy. We are based in a dynamic region that is always close to nature, and we promote and encourage sustainable development in close collaboration with the surrounding society.

Karlstad University has a total of approximately 1,400 employees and 19,000 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
More information about us at: kau.se/en/work-with-us


We offer courses in Sociology and Sociology focused on Social Psychology at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The subject Sociology is also responsible for the bachelor programme in Social Analysis. The subject comprises around 20 members of staff who do research, teach and cooperate with external parties. We participate in a number of research projects and have around 450 students. The subject is involved in various national and international partnerships.

Research in Sociology focuses on emotions and personal lives, age, gender structures, organisations, small businesses, etc., and often takes intersectional approaches. We are open to the idea of broadening and developing the scope of the subject’s research through new research areas. 

The subject forms part of a multidisciplinary department that also includes Social Work, Psychology and Gender Studies.


Main duties involve teaching Sociology and Social Psychology at bachelor and master levels as part of our courses and programme. Additional duties include supervision, examination, course coordination and course development, as well as active participation in the daily activities and development work done by the subject, department and faculty in the areas of teaching, research and community cooperation. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the subject’s research, embark on own research projects and contribute to securing external funding. At least 20% of the position is expected to be devoted to teaching at bachelor and master levels. Supervision and teaching at doctoral level may also be included. Duties may further include teaching as part of other programmes such as the Social Work programme, the Psychology programme and teacher training programmes.

Qualification requirements

A PhD or equivalent academic qualification in Sociology is required, as are documented teaching
expertise and a completed course in higher education pedagogy, or equivalent. Under special
circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. Other qualification requirements can be found in Ch. 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and Karlstad University’s regulations for the appointment and promotion of teaching staff.

Further, the applicant is required to have good command of spoken and written Swedish and English.

Assessment criteria

Special weight is given to teaching and research expertise in Sociology. Equal weight is given to
research and teaching expertise when evaluating applications.

Considerable weight is given to social skills such as the ability to cooperate, build good relationships with colleagues, take initiative and show enthusiasm for the work done by others. 

Weight is given to good administrative skills, ability to communicate research and development work, and ability to cooperate with the community. Weight is further given to research experience using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience or as per
agreement. In order to promote cooperation and a good work environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department at Karlstad University as much as possible. A probationary period may be required.

Additional 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, genderidentities, functional abilities, and life experiences.


Application Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to Application Guidelines 2021. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in another language than Swedish or English, 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. Include two references, at least one of which should be a current or previous supervisor.

The application should include:

  •  application letter
  •  documented CV with the contact details of two references
  •  descriptive account of teaching and research expertise
  •  certificate of higher education pedagogy or account of equivalent qualifications
  •  account of other experience, and experience of leadership, cooperation and administration
  •  future teaching and research plans
  •  list of publications (describe your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  •  copies of certificates, transcripts and degrees
  •  a maximum of ten academic publications and a maximum of five works designed to convey
    knowledge such as textbooks, educational software, or popular science articles (describe your ownrole in cases of co-authorship)

More information is available in the application guidelines on our homepage: https://www.kau.se/en/about-university/working-karlstad-university/work-here/jobs-and-vacancies.

All documents and publications for consideration should be submitted as part of the application – do not only supply links. Three copies of each document that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstad University
HR Office Josefin Rönnqvist

Last day of application: 19 June 2022
State ref. no REK 2022/16
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 Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/16
  • Emma Engdahl, professor och ämnesföreträdare, +4676-8318888,Emma.Engdahl@kau.se
  • Line Holth, prefekt, +4654-7001905,Line.Holth@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-7001404
Published 13.May.2022
Last application date 19.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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