Karlstad University / The department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies

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Research in political science primarily revolves around democracy in a broad sense. It specifically addresses issues related to governance of the public sector, spanning from local to international level, where different types of critical perspectives of power are applied. The subject’s current research themes are artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate and environment, risk management, and regional development. Our research is also connected to a wider environment at Karlstad University and we have a close collaboration with the Centre for Societal Risk Research (CSR) and the Centre for Social Science Didactics (CSD). Cross-disciplinary collaboration is part of both education and research.

The subject of Political Science at Karlstad University conducts teaching at all levels, both on campus and online. Teaching at undergraduate level is primarily centred around the Bachelor's Programme in Political Science. At master’s level, we will soon be launching two new programmes: a campus-based master’s programme in political science and, from the autumn semester 2025, an online master’s programme in political science with a focus on psychological defense and disinformation. The subject also has a well-established PhD programme.


You will be teaching and supervising students at undergraduate, master’s and/or doctoral level[IS1] .  You will be an active part in the development process and teaching of the master’s programme in political science with a focus on psychological defense and disinformation. You will collaborate with colleagues both in the subject and across other disciplines. You may also be required to act as course and programme coordinator. Instruction is primarily in Swedish.

You are expected to participate in the daily operations and take an active role in the subject’s development work related to teaching and research. You are 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. Duties also include research and you are expected to actively apply for external research funding, monitor developments in your own field, and publish papers in international journals.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of senior lecturer in political science, applicants are required have demonstrated teaching expertise. Applicants are also required to hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in political science, or equivalent professional qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein. 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 eligibility 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 of research and teaching expertise, special weight will be given to teaching expertise.

Special weight will be given to

  • teaching expertise, experience in teaching at all levels and experience in course development as well as experience in acting as course and programme coordinator. Teaching expertise must be well documented in a way that allows for quality assessment.
  • written and oral proficiency in Swedish or another Nordic language, since a large portion of the instruction is in Swedish

Considerable weight will be given to

  • relevant and ongoing research.
  • ability to autonomously initiate and conduct research.
  • personal qualities such the ability to show initiative, work in a team and being structured.

Weight will be given to

  • recent experience in collaborating with the wider community and communicating research findings and results of development work.
  • research in psychological defense and related fields of research.
  • teaching experience at master’s level in the field of psychological defense.

Valuable qualifications

  • experience from international mobility, international employment, projects, or national and international networks.
  • secured external research funding.
  • recognised or distinguished teaching skills.
  • administrative experience.
  • ability to teach in English.

Being physically present at the workplace and participating in activities concerning the whole discipline and department are expected.


This is a permanent full-time position (100%) starting in the autumn semester 2024 or the spring semester 2025 according to agreement. A probationary period may be required.


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 should include:

CV cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications 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 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 skills certificates copy of PhD degree certificate 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
Hanna Ljungdahl

Application deadline: May 15, 2024                                    

State the ref.no: REK2024/80

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment autumn semester 2024 or the spring semester 2025 according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2024/80
  • Tonje Grahn, Head of Division, +46547001433tonje.grahn@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 10.Apr.2024
Last application date 15.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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