Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Handelshögskolan

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At Karlstad Business School and Information Systems, we work in a dynamic environment characterized by curiosity, joy of work, and a tangible ease of collaborating with organizations in the surrounding society. The Business School has a special focus on digital transformation and sustainability. We are seeking an inspiring professor who actively wants to participate in the development of the Business School in terms of both teaching and research. You should have the ambition to develop our research and educational environment because you will meet colleagues who are passionate about their subject, whether it is teaching or research.

Research is conducted in various areas within information systems, and we participate in interdisciplinary collaborations with research centers at Karlstad University, particularly with CTF - Service Research Center and CSR - Center for Research on Societal Risk, as well as other universities. Karlstad Business School is AACSB-accredited.

Education is conducted at all levels in information systems, supported by research both within the subject environment and in interdisciplinary research groups. We offer education within three bachelor's programs, one master's program, and doctoral education. Please read more about us and our educational programs at kau.se/en/information-systems.


As a professor, you are expected to take an active leadership role in the field and in collaboration within Karlstad Business School. You primarily engage in research and doctoral education, but also in undergraduate and advanced-level education. Your tasks include actively seeking external research funding for the field, taking overall responsibility for the research activities within the field, and contributing to the national and international development of the field. You collaborate with the surrounding society for mutual exchange and ensure that the knowledge and competence available at the university benefit society. As a professor, you are expected to inform and collaborate regarding your own and the field's activities. Administrative tasks are also included in the position.

You are also expected to be available for managerial and administrative assignments at the university. To contribute to a good working environment and the development of the activities, you are present and participate in the daily work and community.

Qualification requirements

Eligible for employment as a professor in information systems is someone who has demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical skills in information systems or related subjects. The work requires good knowledge of Swedish and English.

According to Karlstad University's employment regulations, teachers must have the personal qualities required to fulfill the position. A professor must also have completed supervisor and higher education pedagogical training. If the training is lacking, employment can still take place, provided that the employee commits to completing them within the first two years or applies to validate equivalent knowledge. For all eligibility requirements, please refer to Karlstad University's employment regulations.

Assessment Criteria

When assessing scientific and pedagogical qualifications, equal weight will be given to pedagogical skills and scientific skills.

Special weight

Of special weight is successful research within digital transformation with interorganizational perspectives or sustainability perspectives.

Of special weight are pedagogical qualifications, primarily appointment as an excellent teacher.

Of special weight are personal qualities such as good collaboration skills, sound judgment, responsibility, engagement in the activities, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.

Considerable weight

Of considerable weight are leadership skills and administrative ability, such as the ability to initiate, organize, and lead research projects or research groups, experience in academic leadership roles, the ability to lead and organize educational programs or educational activities, as well as collaboration skills, such as the ability to conduct research and education in collaboration with the surrounding society.

Of considerable weight is a strong prognosis for future scientific activity based on quality rather than quantity. Scientific excellence is demonstrated through independent research contributions. These contributions should significantly exceed the requirements for appointment as an associate professor, particularly in terms of quality. The scientific production should be at a consistently high level and published in publications channels relevant to the field, with quality assurance processes.

Of considerable weight is also the ability to teach and supervise at the undergraduate, advanced, and doctoral levels, the ability to connect teaching to research, and the ability to develop students' own learning and interest in the subject.


Of weight is documented experience and ability to lead research evaluations within an institution.

Of weight is experience in international assignments, including review assignments, and from national and international research and subject networks.

Of weight is demonstrated ability to obtain research grants in competition.

Of weight is also documented experience and ability to lead and communicate development work with colleagues and students regarding teaching and examination.


Valuable is experience in communicating research.


The employment is full-time (100%) and permanent, with a start date of December 1, 2023, or by agreement.


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 (maximum 500 words)
  • 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
  • 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 programs for teaching, or popular science articles
  • two references, at least one of which is a current or former manager.

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;

Karlstad University
HR Office
Attn: Cecilia Bladh

Application deadline: September 13, 2023

Please state the reference number: REK2023/109

Welcome with your application!

Karlstad University has made a selection for this recruitment, and therefore, we kindly decline contacts from advertising salespersons and recruiters.

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 REK2023/109
  • Marie-Therese Christiansson, prefekt, +4654-7002027
  • John Sören Pettersson, professor, ämnesföreträdare, +4654-7002553
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 30.Jun.2023
Last application date 13.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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