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The Faculty of Health, Natural and Technical Sciences announces a position as Senior Lecturer in mechanical engineering. The position is located at the Department of Engineering and Physics, within the subject of mechanical and materials engineering, which is one of the department's three subjects. The department has approximately 60 employees, of which 11 are professors. We offer, among other things, PhD programs in industrial engineering and management, materials engineering and physics, master's degree programs in industrial engineering and management, mechanical engineering, and engineering physics, as well as bachelor programs in mechanical engineering, innovation and design engineering, and electrical engineering.

The current employment will be linked to the postgraduate education subject of industrial engineering and management. The research there is today established in the areas of innovation management and service research. The research and PhD education with a focus on operations and supply chain management, including production systems and logistics, is under construction with the support of the Vice-Chancellor and faculty. The advertised position is part of this build-up, where you will have an important role by influencing and contributing to its design and development. Industrial engineering and management is an interdisciplinary research and education area, and a strong collaboration has been established for many years with the Service Research Center (CTF) and Karlstad Business School.


The position includes two main areas, research and teaching. The research takes place on the basis of one's own scientific competence, in collaboration with the department's other researchers, and shall strengthen and develop the department's research in industrial engineering and management. The applicant is expected to actively develop, lead and participate in research projects in the field of industrial engineering and management, which includes the search for external research funds and research administration. The research area also includes supervision of doctoral students in the PhD subject industrial engineering and management. The applicant is also expected to participate in national and international collaborations both in terms of generating research data and disseminating it.

Within teaching, the applicant is expected to develop, lead and examine courses in industrial engineering and management and mechanical engineering at basic level and advanced level. Mainly within production systems, logistics and supply chain management. Teaching in other areas linked to Industrial engineering and management, the master's program in Innovation and Service Development, as well as in mechanical engineering, such as production and project courses, as well as degree projects, may be required.

As senior lecturer, you are also expected to collaborate with the wider community for a mutual exchange of ideas, as well as work towards ensuring that the knowledge and expertise available at the university is of benefit to society. In order to contribute to a positive working environment and help further the subject’s activities, it is important that you are present at the workplace and participate in the daily activities at the department.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, applicants are required to hold a Degree of Doctor or equivalent academic qualifications in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and management, or a closely related field. Applicants are also required to have demonstrated teaching expertise.

Excellent command of written and spoken English is also a requirement. As a lecturer at Karlstad University, you should be able to teach in both English and Swedish. An applicant who does not meet the requirement of proficiency in Swedish may still be hired provided they are able to actively acquire the language skills.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties included, as well as completed training in higher education pedagogy. Candidates who have not completed courses in higher education pedagogy may still be hired, provided that they use the time allotted to continual professional development to complete the required courses within two years of employment, or that they apply for validation of prior learning.

For other qualification requirements, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure

https://www.kau.se/files/2023-12/Appointments procedure_eng_20220928.pdf

Assessment criteria

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

Special weight will be afforded demonstrated skills and experience of:

  • Independently and in collaboration with others, conduct research in industrial engineering and management, specifically within the areas operations, and supply chain management, including production systems and logistics.
  • Applying for external research funding
  • Teach and examine university courses in industrial engineering and management, and mechanical engineering.

Considerable weight will be afforded:

  • Demonstrated skills to supervise students on advanced level and/or PhD students
  • Personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, take responsibility, and that you can take initiative and are goal oriented, as well as being committed and having a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.

Valuable qualifications are:

  • International work experience or experience in national and international networks, such as a postdoc position.
  • Experience of pedagogical development within the field
  • Experience from academic fiduciary duties.
  • Documented and current experience of collaborating with the wider community, both in relation to research and education, and of communicating and disseminating research findings and development efforts.
  • Teaching awards.
  • Ability to teach in the Swedish language


This is a permanent, full-time position starting 1 September 2024, or at another agreed-upon date.


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, Norwegian, Danish 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 must include:

  • CV
  • cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and research interests in relation to the duties of the position
  • 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)
  • information about language skills
  • copy of PhD degree certificate or documented equivalent academic expertise
  • 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:

Karlstads universitet
HR Department
Hanna Ljungdahl

Application deadline: 2 April 2024                                          

State the reference no: REK2024/45

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September 2024 or by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2024/45
  • Peter Magnusson, Professor / Head of subject, +46703467300
  • Siri Jagstedt, Senior Lecturer, +46733015789
  • Lars Johansson, Head of department , +46730943868
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46547001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46547001434
Published 23.Feb.2024
Last application date 02.Apr.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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