Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies

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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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Swedish Language at Karlstad University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We also offer freestanding courses in linguistics, with aspirations of expanding the range of freestanding courses further. Together with Comparative Literature, the subject is a big part of the teacher education programmes at Karlstad University, from pre-school to upper secondary school. In matters related to education and language learning, the subject collaborates with the research environments Centre for Language and Literature Education (CSL) and Research on Subject-specific Education (ROSE) at the university, both of which initiate and develop practice-oriented research and development work.  The department also houses the Research Group for Culture Studies (KuFo).


Duties comprise teaching bachelor's and master’s courses and degree programmes. Emphasis is on teacher education and freestanding courses in Swedish linguistics. Additional duties include teaching, supervision, examination, course coordination, and course development, as well as active participation in the further development of education, research, and collaboration with the wider community at subject, department and faculty levels. You are expected to perform both distance teaching and on-campus teaching. 20% of a senior lectureship is earmarked for research or other continual professional development. Throughout the first four years, this allotment is expanded by another 30%, to be used for research. 

The candidate is expected to participate in the subject’s research activities by, individually or as part of a team, applying for external research funding, as well as by actively participate at the department’s seminars.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer in Swedish Language, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Swedish Language or Scandinavian languages.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure , teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved, as well as a completed course in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment. 

Assessment criteria

In the appointment of the position, equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise. For more information, see Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure 

In the selection of eligible applicants, special weight will be given to:

ability to cooperate, good judgement, taking responsibility, commitment to the department and a positive approach towards colleagues and students, the quality and feasibility of the research plan, recent experience of community collaboration and communicating research and development work.

A degree in Education or experience in teacher education is a valuable qualification. Other experience in working in education could be considered a valuable qualification.


This is a permanent full-time position starting at the earliest convenience, as agreed upon by both parties. A probationary period may be required. In order to contribute to a good working environment and help further the subject’s activities, you are expected to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

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: What to include in the application. 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. Include two references, at least one of which is a previous or current supervisor. 

The application should include:

  • cover letter
  • a verified list of qualifications, including two references
  • an in-depth account of research and teaching experience
  • an account of managerial, collaborative, and administrative experience
  • plan detailing the applicant’s intended research during the first four years of employment (no more than 5 pages excluding reference list)
  • an account of collaborations, experience of international networks, employment, etc.
  • verification of a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • list of publications (in publications with multiple authors, 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, study resources or popular science articles.

All application documents should be written in Swedish and/or English. 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

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/151
  • Andreas Nyström, head of department, +46(0)76-0044898
  • Andreas Nord, guest professor, head of subject, +46(0)54-7001285
  • Nils Dverstorp, deputy head of department, +46(0)54-7001287
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46(0)54-7001714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +46(0)54-7001404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46(0)54-7001434
Published 19.May.2022
Last application date 15.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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