Karlstad University / The department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies

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The subject of history at Karlstad University is part of ISK – a multidisciplinary department that also includes political science, civics, religious studies, cultural studies, and risk and environmental studies. The department currently has approximately 100 employees, of which 20 are employed at the subject of history. The subject offers courses and programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level. We also offer freestanding thematic courses and courses in archival science comprising up to 60 credits. The subject has a long tradition of collaborating with local archival institutions, as well as being far ahead in terms of the development of distance education. The subject is mainly active within the teacher education programmes, primarily the secondary education programme. In terms of research, our focus is on the 20th and 19th centuries. Subject-specific education research and profession-oriented research play an important role and the subject has close collaboration with subject-specific education environments such as the Centre for Social Science Didactics (CSD) and Research on Subject-specific Education (ROSE).

More information: https://www.kau.se/en/faculty-arts-and-social-sciences/about-faculty/departments-and-disciplines/department-political


As senior lecturer in history, you are expected to plan and teach courses at undergraduate and Master’s level. Teaching is normally conducted in Swedish, and occasionally in English. Duties at doctoral level may be required. Emphasis is on teaching and supervision within the teacher education programmes, both on campus and via distance education. Elements of subject-specific education may be included. You are expected to work primarily on campus in order to actively participate in the development work within teaching, research, and community collaboration at subject, department, and faculty level. Time allotted for continuing professional development typically accounts for 20% of the working hours and should be used for research or other professional development.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer in history, applicants are required to:

hold a PhD in History or equivalent qualifications. The position also requires a good command of Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish, as well as the ability to teach in English.

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 alloted to continual professional development to complete the required course within two years of employment, or that they apply for validation of prior learning. For other eligibility requirements, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure https://intra.kau.se/dokument/upload/C10B9E2202bd7210B5mQ14D53160/Anstallningsordningen_signed_20220928_eng-GB.pdf

Assessment criteria

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

Special weight will be given to:

  • documented pedagogical experience of teaching history at undergraduate and Master’s level
  • research expertise documented through the applicant’s own research in history
  • personal qualities such as good collaboration skills and administrative skills. This includes the ability to cooperate and treat colleagues and students with respect, take responsibility for the activities within the subject and one’s own duties as well as contributing to a good work environment.

Considerable weight will be given to:

  • documented experience of teaching history to students enrolled in teacher education programmes
  • documented ability to apply for and secure external research funding.

Weight will be given to:

  • documented experience of teaching within archival science
  • recent experience of collaborating with the surrounding community
  • experience of disseminating research findings and development work.

Valuable qualifications:

  • recognised teaching skills teaching awards
  • experience from international employment, projects, or national and international networks.


Start date in the beginning of next year or by agreement. Full-time position (100%). A probationary period may be required.


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 completed courses in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • an account of other experiences of importance
  • 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 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
Erika Bergare

Application deadline: May 26, 2023                                 

State the reference no: REK2022/286

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 REK2022/286
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-7001404
Published 21.Apr.2023
Last application date 01.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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