Faculty of Health, Science and Technology

Sapere Aude—dare to be wise—is our motto. Our students and employees develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around them. Our academic environment is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance. Gender equality, diversity and a democratic approach form the foundation of our organisation. We are located in an active and scenic region and we promote sustainable development in close collaboration with the wider 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.
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Shaping the Bioeconomy future – does this sound interesting? If so, this may be the job for you!



The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology houses the Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences, which comprises four subjects: building and construction engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering and environmental and energy systems. The department has a staff of around 60 and offers courses for students in four engineering programmes, teacher education, the preparatory year in science and technology and the Bachelor Programme in Chemistry. The study programme Master of Science in Chemical Engineering combines chemistry, technology and mathematics to provide the knowledge needed for designing a process, all the way from molecular level to full-scale production. The final two years of the study programme include courses tied to research in Chemical Engineering, for example related to biomass products, such as paper, biomaterials and bioenergy. The programme prepares the students for working within the transition to a circular and sustainable bioeconomy.

The Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences is currently expanding both its research and educational activities.  An active collaboration between Computer Science and Chemical Engineering brings the strong research areas DAMI4.0 (Research Center for Digital Adaptive Manufacturing for Industry 4.0) and Pro2BE (Processes and Products for a Circular Bioeconomy) together. We now invite applications for a senior lectureship in Chemical Engineering with research focus on optimised industrial systems and production lines through digitalisation (for example intelligent process control by means of digital twins, machine learning or big data analytics). We welcome applicants with connections to forest-based industries. The aim is to complement and improve existing programmes, courses and research in Computer Science and Chemical Engineering, related to sustainable and circular bioeconomy. At Karlstad University, much of both research and teaching related to forest-based industries is conducted within the academic environment Pro2BE, https://www.kau.se/pro2be, with 40+ researchers and students. More information on DAMI4.0 can be found here: https://www.kau.se/dami.

The position is a senior lectureship in Chemical Engineering.


Duties include both teaching and conducting research. Teaching duties will include teaching both bachelor’s and master’s level courses in Chemical Engineering and related fields. The research will mainly focus on optimisation of industrial systems and production lines through digitalisation. You are expected to participate in the development of externally funded research projects. Collaboration with the wider society, both in relation to research and education, is also an important part of the work.

Duties include planning, teaching and evaluating courses. As a senior lecturer you are also expected to contribute to the development of new courses. Teaching duties also include supervision and examination for courses on bachelor’s, master's and doctoral levels. Higher education pedagogy development is important for increasing the quality of the teaching. At bachelor level, courses in Chemical Engineering are given in Swedish. At master level, the language of instruction can also be English. The position also includes administrative duties.


Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position, applicants are required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering or equivalent area relevant for the position, or equivalent research qualifications or other professional expertise of relevance to the subject content of the appointment and the duties involved.


The position requires a good command of Swedish and English. A candidate who does not meet the language requirement may still be hired provided they actively work to acquire the necessary language proficiency.


A requirement for eligibility is a completed course in higher education pedagogy. An applicant who has not completed a course in higher education pedagogy can in some cases still be eligible for the position provided that they use the time allotted for professional development to complete the course within two years of employment.



Assessment criteria

In the appointment, equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise.


Special weight will be given to:

  • Documented research experience related to optimisation of industrial systems and production lines.
  • Documented experience in teaching Chemical Engineering
  • Documented teaching skill and experience in higher education development.
  • Documented and comprehensive knowledge of Chemical Engineering.
  • Documented expertise in digitalisation.


Considerable weight will be given to:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply for external research funding.
  • Personal qualities, such as communicative skills, the ability to cooperate, dedication, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students, which contributes to a pleasant work environment. We also value employees who take responsibility for their work duties, and who can work independently and take initiative.


Weight will be given to:

  • The applicant’s ability to teach in Swedish.
  • Previous positions as postdoc or research associate/associate senior lecturer.
  • Experience in digitalisation and digital tools, which include the implementation of these in industrial systems, optimised industrial systems, machine learning, digital twins or big data analytics.
  • The scope of the applicant’s research, experience of collaborating with the wider society and of communicating research and development work.
  • The scope of the applicant's research in forest industry processes and sustainable bioeconomy.


For further qualification requirements and assessment criteria, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.



A permanent full-time position starting no later than 1 December 2022, or by agreement.


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, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences.



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.

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. The application and all submitted documents must be in Swedish or English. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter briefly describing the applicant’s qualifications and research interests in relation to the duties of the position,
  • CV
  • An in-depth account of research qualifications
    • In-depth account of pedagogical qualifications (pedagogical portfolio), as well as verification of a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • An account of other work experiences
  • An account of collaboration, internationalisation and sustainability
  • Plans for future work, as well as a research and a teaching plan (maximum of 2 pages each)
  • 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 (in case of co-authorship, the applicant’s contribution should be stated).
  • Include at least two references.


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
HR-avdelningen/Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: June 1, 2022                           

State the reference no: REK2022/65

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 December 2022 or by agreement
Salary Monthly. Individual salary.
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/65
  • Gunilla Carlsson Kvarnlöf, head of department , +46722221919
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46547001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46547001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46547001404
Published 27.Apr.2022
Last application date 01.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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