Karlstads universitet / Institutionen för pedagogiska studier

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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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Are you interested in developing research in the field of educational work?

The Department of Educational Studies currently has a staff of around 120 employees, about half of whom have a PhD. The department comprises three subjects: Educational Work, Special Education, and Sports Science. The teaching activities of the department is mainly focused on the teacher education programmes.

The department offers a vibrant cross-disciplinary research environment with several specialisations in the areas of education. This is coupled with one of Karlstad University’s largest doctoral programmes, with around 40 doctoral students and multifaceted seminar activities and eight professors, which allows us to offer a stimulating working environment for you and your research.

We are now looking for an associate senior lecturer in special education to join our team. The research specialisation we are looking for mainly concerns conditions for participation in school and society for children/pupils in need of support related to various disabilities. You will be employed as associate senior lecturer in special education, with plenty of opportunities for collaboration with one of the ongoing research projects in the research environment of special education. Since there is close collaboration between the subjects of the department, you will also have the opportunity to participate in other research environments at the department, such as one of the research centres specialising in subject-specific education or the Centre for Child and Childhood Studies in Education and Sport (UBB). We value research that can contribute to a stronger connection to current research in the special education programmes at Karlstad University.


The main duties as associate senior lecturer will consist of research, equivalent to 75% of working hours. Research will be conducted independently, together with other researchers at the department or research colleagues from other universities. The aim is to give you the opportunity to develop your independence as a researcher and gain valuable qualifications in terms of both research and teaching expertise.

The remaining 25% of working hours will include participating in other departmental activities. These activities mainly refer to teaching courses in special education, but it can also be other duties depending on your expertise and the needs of the department. The department’s teaching activities with regard to special education is mainly focused on freestanding courses, programmes in special needs training and master’s programmes in special education as well as parts of other teacher education programmes, which may include lectures, supervision and assessment.

You are also expected to collaborate with the wider community for a mutual exchange, as well as work towards ensuring that the knowledge and expertise available at the university is of benefit to society.

To contribute to a positive working environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of associate senior lecturer, applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in special education or educational work or other subject area of relevance to the position. The position is primarily intended for applicants who have completed their PhD no longer than five years before the application deadline. If an applicant completed their PhD or equivalent qualifications more than five years ago, this requirement may be waived if there are special circumstances.

The position requires proficiency in Swedish and English. A candidate who does not meet this requirement may still be hired provided they are able to actively acquire these language skills.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved, as well as completed training in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, candidates who have not completed courses in higher education pedagogy may still be hired provided that they do so 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://www.kau.se/files/2020-12/Anställningsordning 201126.pdf

Assessment criteria

The following criteria are used to assess the applicant’s qualifications and qualities. Priority is given according to the range, depth, and up-to-dateness of the applicant’s competence. The scale of the applicant’s research production is also taken into account.

Special weight will be given to:

  • Documented experience of research on problem areas related to special education, with relevance to special educational needs activities in school and society
  • Research and teaching expertise in the area of special education
  • The potential to contribute to the future development of research as well as education in special education
  • Demonstrated ability to single-handedly and/or together with others obtain external research funding.

Considerable weight will be given to:

  • Personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, demonstrate sound judgement, take responsibility, show dedication and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.

 Valuable qualifications:

  • Current experience in collaborating with the wider community, as well as communicating research findings and results of development work.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise. Teaching expertise is assessed, for example, through documented skills in and experience of planning, implementation, evaluation and educational development at different levels, as well as production of study material. We also value recognised or distinguished teaching and assessment skills.
  • Experience of international employment, projects or national and international networks.


This is a temporary 4-year position. Start date as soon as possible, as agreed by both parties.

 Terms for promotion to senior lecturer

Upon applying, an associate senior lecturer should be promoted to senior lecturer provided he or she is qualified for the position (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 4, Sect. 4) and is deemed suitable following an assessment (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 4, Sect. 4a).

 To be eligible for promotion, the applicant must, at the time of the application, have completed the required training in higher education pedagogy.

For other eligibility requirements, refer to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 4, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.


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 research experience
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • 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 publications with multiple authors, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • Language skills certificates
  • 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 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
Hanna Ljungdal

Application deadline: 2024-03-22                                 

State the reference no: REK2024/37

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 By agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2024/37
  • Björn Eliasson, proprefekt, +46547002406
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 23.Feb.2024
Last application date 22.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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