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OPEN POSITIONS Senior lecturer in Work Science

The Department of Sociology and Work Science currently employs 110 teachers, researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff. Research, education and cooperation are pursued within a number of fields of study at the Department, including research about the labour market, working life, welfare issues, social movements, sustainable development, environmental policy, the sociology of law and also criminality and social control. Courses and study programmes are offered within a number of fields of study, including sociology, work science, human resources science, criminology and human resources management. The Department also has extensive undertakings in several academic programmes at the University of Gothenburg, particularly within teacher training. Cooperation and development projects within research and education are also pursued with partners in the private and public sectors.

Subject area

Work Science

Subject area description

Work science seeks to understand and explain the importance of work in people’s lives. The main specialization for the Department of Sociology and Work Science in Gothenburg is social sciences. Work science is one, however multidisciplinary research area, which means that a range of social science subjects and perspectives are present. Research and teaching on technical work science and ergonomics occurs, but at the University of Gothenburg in particular, the sociological and psychological perspectives are prominent. Key fields of study within research and teaching are the importance of work environment and work organization, the structure and development of labor market, conflicts in the work place, leadership and organization but also the relationship between work, everyday life and identity.

Job assignments

Teaching within this position is mainly at the first-and second cycle levels within the field of work science as:

  • Teaching at the Arbetsvetarprogrammet, Programme for Analysis and Evaluation of Work and labour Markets (in particular work science theory and evaluation and investigation methodology)
  • Programme director for Arbetsvetarprogrammet
  • Participation in the internal work and pedagogical development
  • Administrative duties associated with a teaching position and

Teaching within this position is largely carried out in Swedish, although there may be small elements in English. All new employees who do not already have a good working knowledge of Swedish or another Scandinavian language must acquire sufficient knowledge of both spoken and written Swedish to be able to undertake teaching and administrative duties within two years of their employment.

As the research activities within the Department largely rely on external funding, the holder of the position will also be expected to actively contribute to the Department's acquisitions of such funding.


The entry requirements for employment as a teacher are prescribed by Chapter 4, Sections 3 to 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and also by the University of Gothenburg’s own Appointments Procedure. Applicants are also urged to find out how the Faculty of Social Sciences applies the above-mentioned Appointments Procedure. This is available on the Faculty’s website www.samfak.gu.se (About the Faculty/Organisation). A person who has been awarded a Degree of Doctor in work science or has corresponding research competence, has completed a course or a study programme in teaching and learning in higher education or has corresponding competence and also demonstrated teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a senior lecturer.

Being able to teach in Swedish and English is a requirement. Swedish is a specific requirement for this post, as most of the teaching within this post is carried out in Swedish. Applicants who do not satisfy the requirement in respect of a course or study programme in teaching and learning in higher education may initially be offered fixed-term employment (1+1 year) until this entry requirement has been satisfied. Such fixed-term employment will then transfer to an indefinite-term contract.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Particular and equal weight will be placed on pedagogical and scholarly proficiency.

The assessment of pedagogical proficiency will focus on planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching activities, as well as supervision, examination, course development and course coordinator responsibilities in relevant areas (in particular work science theory and evaluation and investigation methodology) for this employment. Experience and proficiency with respect to academic teaching in the subject in question must be well documented. Any authoring of course material will be advantageous to the applicant.

The assessment of scholarly proficiency will particularly focus on the applicant's research in recent years and his/hers ability to independently initiate and conduct research in relevant areas for this employment. Publications in international journals will also be considered, as will prior attainment of external funding.

Administrative skills will also be given weight in the assessment process, as will the ability to cooperate with the surrounding society and to effectively provide information about research and development work. The applicant's ability to cooperate with others will also be considered. Advantageous is prior experience of programme directorship.

The recruitment process may include trial lectures, interviews and contact with relevant references. When interviewed, applicants will be given an opportunity to describe and develop their view of the subject and of their possible role at the Department.


The position is a permanent post (100% of full-time). Probationary employment may be applicable. First day of employment by agreement.

Appointment procedure

Applications will first be read by external experts whom select a shortlist of applicants. Thereafter references, interviews, trial lectures and workshops etc. may be part of the selection process.

For further information

Regarding the position please contact head of department Jan Carle, ph +46 31 786 4792, jan.carle@gu.se
Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact human resource officer Anna Karin Wiberg, ph +46 31 786 4761, anna-karin.wiberg@gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should, in two copies, be mailed to: Dept of sociology and work science, att Anna Karin Wiberg, Box 720, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden no later then the last day of application.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2017-11-28


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.



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In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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