Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Department of Health Sciences

Would you like the opportunity to build on our successful research and teaching in Public Health Science at Karlstad University?


Public Health Science belongs to the Department of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology. The subject’s research and teaching are primarily focused on the lives and health of children. There are three medical tracks: Environmental Health, specialized in environmental factors early on in life and how they affect children’s health and development; Community Medicine, focused on vulnerable children, domestic violence and health-promoting environments; and Medical Science, including human anatomy, physiology and pathology.

The subject’s renowned and experienced researchers generate a high academic output together with the subject’s doctoral students, currently comprising seven students. Several large research studies are currently conducted, one of which is the SELMA study, which follows over 2,000 sets of mothers and children from the early stages of pregnancy through delivery and beyond. Focus is on environmental factors, genetics, and children’s health and development in a broad sense (www.selmastudien.se). Our research is conducted in close cooperation with top-tier national and international institutions where we connect our epidemiological studies with experimental toxicology in cellular and animal models to develop improved risk assessment systems for hazardous chemicals. The research is funded by research councils both nationally (Swedish Research Council and Formas) and within the EU and US.

Our courses and study programmes share a natural interface with our research, a crucial factor in ensuring a disciplinary foundation for our teaching. Public health science constitutes a main field of study in degrees on a bachelor, master (60 and 120 ECTS credits) and doctoral level. More information about our courses and programmes: https://www.kau.se/en/public-health-science


We are now looking for a professor of public health science with a clear specialisation in environmental epidemiology and highly experienced of biostatistics and advanced methods for modelling of how genetics and epigenetics can interact with environmental factors. The professorship offers excellent opportunities to develop and conduct original research within the SELMA study, which forms the basis for large national and international collaborations, including five EU projects. In the long term, there is an opportunity to function as project manager for the SELMA study. You will be expected to apply for research funding and conduct your own research as well as supervising doctoral students. The position also includes further development of the subject’s courses and programmes, especially within environment and health as well as quantitative methods where we offer courses at bachelor, master and doctoral level. We also welcome that you contribute with new national and international networks to further strengthen our strong position within environmental epidemiology and external collaboration with experimental toxicology in cellular and animal models. Work is conducted in an ever-changing and creative environment where you will play an active role in research and education and the integration of the two. To contribute to a positive work environment and the department’s activities, you will be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of professor of public health science, applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent in public health science or closely related field as well as having documented research and teaching expertise. The position requires a good command of Swedish and English.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved. A professor must also have completed a course in higher education pedagogy. An applicant without these qualifications may be appointed on the condition that he or she commits to completing the course within two years of employment. For other qualification requirements, please refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Click here to read Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Assessment criteria

Equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise. Special weight will be given to documented expertise and experience in biostatistical modelling and advanced data processing for analysis of genetic/epigenetic data, within both research and teaching. Special weight will also be given to research experience within the area of environmental epidemiology (cohort studies) with focus on the lives and health of children. Consideration will also be given to the scope of the research, and experience of collaborating with other research groups (e.g. experimental toxicology in cellular and animal models). Special weight will be given to a strong and recently documented ability to secure national and international research funding, as well as to experience of working in national and international networks. 

Considerable weight will be given to documented experience and ability in leading and disseminating development efforts and research. It is, therefore, of considerable weight that these efforts have generated extensive high-quality research.

Considerable weight will be given to the ability to cooperate, show sound judgement, responsibility, dedication, a development-focused approach and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students. Experience of supervising doctoral students, preferably as principal supervisor, will also be given considerable weight. It is also of weight to demonstrate good collaborative qualities in relation to colleagues and students regarding both research and teaching. We expect the applicant to show a reflective approach to student learning and their role as a teacher within their subject area.


This is a permanent full-time position as professor of public health science. Start date as agreed upon by both parties.

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.


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. 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:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • documented and successful experience as a doctoral supervisor
  • certificate to verify 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)
  • information about language skills
  • 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.

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
Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 2023-01-31                                              

State the reference no: REK2022/261

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 Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/261
  • Helene Wadensjö, Prefekt, +46547002537
  • Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Professor, 0705866565
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 0547001404
Published 09.Dec.2022
Last application date 31.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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