Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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 The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology is accepting applications for a senior lectureship in Mathematics Education at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science houses two doctoral education subject areas, Mathematics and Computer Science. Mathematics Education is a specialisation within the subject area Mathematics. Currently, six senior lecturers—of which two are appointed associate professors—five lecturers, three doctoral students, one licentiate student, as well as additional researchers and teachers are affiliated with this specialisation. The Mathematics Education research environment is part of the research centre SMEER (Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research), which currently houses approximately fifteen seniors researchers and twelve PhD students. The research in mathematics education at the department is primarily focused on learning and teaching with digital tools, professional development for teachers, and preschool mathematics education. The research is in large part conducted in interdisciplinary groups at the university, as well as through well-established collaborations with other higher education institutions, both nationally and internationally. Bachelor level education in the subject is primarily conducted in primary and secondary education programmes, as well as courses in the preschool education programme. For more information, refer to: kau.se/en/mathematics


 Duties comprise teaching, course development, course coordination, research and supervision of degree projects in mathematics education in preschool, primary and secondary education programmes. Continuing professional development and research are regulated in a local agreement.

You are expected to collaborate with the wider community in a mutual exchange, and work towards ensuring that the knowledge and expertise available at the university is of benefit to society. To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, you are expected 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 Mathematics Education, applicants are required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and hold a PhD in Mathematics Education, or equivalent academic qualifications or professional expertise deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein.

Since Swedish is the language of instruction in the majority of the courses, proficiency in spoken and written Swedish is required.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the required duties, as well as a completed course in higher education pedagogy.

Candidates who have not completed a course in higher education pedagogy may still be hired, provided that they use the time allotted to continual professional development to complete the required course within two years of employment, or that they apply for validation of prior learning. For additional eligibility requirements, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure: Regulations for the appointment and promotion of teaching staff

Assessment criteria

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

Special weight will be given to:

  • documented experience in teaching mathematics and mathematics education within a teacher education programme
  • documented teaching expertise
  • strong research credentials and documented ability to successfully apply for and secure external research funding, both nationally and internationally.

Considerable weight will be given to:

  • documented experience in teaching and development work related to mathematics in leisure-time centres, preschool and/or primary and secondary school.
  • personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, commitment to the work, a positive attitude towards colleagues and students, and taking initiative.

Teaching awards are considered valuable qualifications.


 This is a permanent full-time position. Start date as agreed upon by both parties.


 Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “What should be included with my application?”

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other 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.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • certificate to verify a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • an account of other experiences
  • an account of managerial and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • an account of collaborations, international network experience, etc.
  • a list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • language proficiency certificates
  • copy of PhD degree or documented equivalent academic expertise, or equivalent professional qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein.
  • 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 only include 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
Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline:25 October 2022
State ref.no: REK 2022/223

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
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/223
  • Anders Hedin, +46547002125
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 20.Sep.2022
Last application date 31.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CET

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