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

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Sociology offers courses and study programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level. This includes the Bachelor’s Programme in Social Analysis and the Master’s (120 credits) Programme in Critical Social Analysis. We have approximately 230 full-time students annually. The unit comprises a staff of 20 working with research, education and external contacts. The unit is part of several national and international partnerships in education and research.

Research is focused on the following areas: Personal Life, Emotions and Everyday Social Interaction; Critical Studies of Age and Ageing; and Sociology of Knowledge and Resistance.

Sociology is part of a multidisciplinary department that also includes Social Work, Psychology, and Gender Studies.


The main duties consist of teaching sociology and social psychology at the A-D level, both courses outside study programmes and as part of our Bachelor´s programmes. Other duties such as supervision, assessment, course coordination and course development are required as part of the position, as is the active participation in developing the discipline unit, department and faculty with regard to teaching, research and community collaboration. You are expected to play an active role in the unit´s research, conduct your own research and help secure external funds for the unit. Duties at undergraduate level should make up no less than 20% of the position. Supervision and teaching at doctoral level may be required. Duties may also include teaching in other study programmes, such as Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Master of Science in Psychology, and the teacher education programmes.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer, applicants must hold a PhD in Sociology (or equivalent), have demonstrated teaching expertise and completed courses in higher education pedagogy or equivalent. An applicant who has not completed training for teaching in higher education may still be hired if they commit to completing these courses within two years of employment, using the time earmarked for professional development. For other eligibility requirements, please see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Further, the applicant is required to have good command of spoken and written Swedish and English.

Assessment criteria

Special weight will be given to research and teaching expertise in sociology. Equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise in the assessment of candidates.

Considerable weight will also be given to the applicant’s social skills, such as the ability to cooperate, build good relations with colleagues, take initiative and show commitment to the work of others.

Weight will be given to good administrative skills and experience of disseminating research findings and development efforts, as well as experience of community collaboration.

Research experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods is considered a valuable qualification. We also value research in one of the discipline’s three existing research areas.


This is a permanent full-time position starting at the earliest convenience, as agreed upon by both parties. To best facilitate good cooperation and a positive working environment, we would like you to be physically present at the department as much as possible. A probationary period may be required.

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 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 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
Ann-Louise Gustafsson

Application deadline: 31 August 2023
State the reference no: REK 2023/121
We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2023/121
  • Line Holth, Heas of the department, +46(0)70-6457691,line.holth@kau.se
  • Emma Engdahl, Professor and Head of Subject, +46(0)76-8318888,emma.engdahl@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 08.Jun.2023
Last application date 31.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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