Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Social and Psychological Studies

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 17,300 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
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We are looking for a professor in Gender studies as part of the Department of Social and Psychological Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The department also includes Psychology, Social work, and Sociology. Gender studies is closely connected to the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF), which is organised in the following research streams: Masculinity Studies, Transgender Studies, Action for Organisational Change, and Gender, Health and Technology. All research areas are characterised by a combination of theoretical innovation and applied research in collaboration with various stakeholders in order to contribute to innovation and applicability of research results. The subject of Gender studies offers undergraduate education up to master level, including online and campus courses, in Swedish and English. CGF is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre and collaborates with subjects and research centres within the entire university.


We are seeking a candidate who is ready to take on the role as head of subject with the overall responsibility for research, as well as representing the subject’s research on a department and faculty level. The head of subject is also obliged to ensure the development and continued high quality of the subject’s education, research, and collaboration. Gender studies is currently not a postgraduate subject, and the recruitment of a new professor is part of the ambition to make Gender studies into a postgraduate subject at Karlstad University. One of duties in the position will be to create the best possible conditions to realise this ambition together with the current professor and fellow colleagues in Gender studies. Today, there is a close collaboration with the subject of Sociology regarding doctoral students and PhD-education. CGF is also part of the international graduate school InterGender.

As a professor, you are responsible for leading and developing research activities and the research environment, and we therefore welcome candidates whose research is connected to one or more of the research profiles at CGF and in the subject of Gender studies. You are expected to actively pursue external funding and develop quality marked procedures for applications to various external funding bodies. Duties also include funds application for doctoral students. You are also expected to further collaboration with the local community and the regional county in addition to national and international research cooperation. To contribute to a dynamic work environment, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community. Academic duties include, research, teaching, supervision, outreach activities and administration connected to these duties.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of professor in Gender studies, applicants are required to hold a PhD in the subject or equivalent qualifications in a closely related subject, 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. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment. For other eligibility requirements, refer to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 3, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Assessment criteria 

Equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise.

Special weight will be given to recognised cooperation skills, strong academic leadership qualities, and the ability to contribute significantly to a good research environment.

Considerable weight will be given to administrative skill and familiarity with the academic system for higher education in the Nordics.

In the assessment of research expertise, a valuable qualification is recently documented ability to secure funding for research, as is experience from international assignments or national and international networks.

Another valuable qualification is prior administrative experience in the leadership of research and experience in research in any of the specialisations or areas represented within CGF and the subject of gender studies.

Up-to-date experience with community collaboration and dissemination of research findings and development work is also seen as a valuable qualification.


This is a permanent full-time position starting at the earliest convenience, as agreed upon by both parties. We expect the person appointed to be physically present in our environment.

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 “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
  • documented and successful experience as a doctoral supervisor
  • 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
  • copies of relevant 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 programmes 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 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
Ann-Louise Gustafsson

Application deadline: 30 April 2023
State the reference no: REK 2023/1
We look forward to your application!

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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 REK2023/1
  • Ulf Mellström, professor och ämnesföreträdare, 0547002013,ulf.mellstrom@kau.se
  • Line Holth, prefekt, 0547001905,line.holth@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 0547001404
Published 24.Feb.2023
Last application date 30.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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