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OPEN POSITIONS Senior lecturer in Human ecology

The School of Global Studies (SGS) is an innovative university environment for research and education in globalization and global issues. We seek a person who would find it stimulating to work in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary setting.

The department's educational and research activities include the following subjects: Peace and Development Research, International Relations, Global Development Studies, Global Studies, Human Ecology, Environmental Social Science, Human Rights, Social Anthropology and Regional Studies.

Subject area

Human ecology

Subject area description

Human ecology is a social science based, environmental science, which studies the interactions between human societies and their natural environments. The key issues of the subject include how humans impact and exploit their environment and how local and global ecosystems set limits to human activities. Research in human ecology aims to provide the necessary knowledge regarding both the causes of today's environmental problems, as well as the social organization and technology needed to achieve sustainable development.

Other topics in human ecology include how culture, power relations, strategies and worldviews affect the conditions for sustainable development, as well as how environmental problems interact with other social problems such as poverty, inequality and unsustainable resource use. Studies in human ecology are based upon different time and spatial scales and often have a focus on both historical and contemporary connections between local and global conditions.

Human ecology applies an interdisciplinary approach that bridges traditional disciplinary boundaries within and between the social sciences, humanities, the natural- and technical sciences, and their surrounding society. This provides a transdisciplinary knowledge base that integrates research-based approaches with practice-based experiences, both of which are instrumental in contributing to a sustainable society.

Job assignments

Teaching will be primarily at undergraduate and masters levels, but may also involve some teaching at the doctoral level. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in the Schools curricular development and, when necessary, to perform administrative and leadership tasks.

Since external funding is so important for financing the research activities of the Schools teaching staff, the successful applicant will also be expected to actively contribute to efforts to apply for external funding.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg Appointment Procedures for Teachers. To qualify as a lecturer you must hold a PhD and are able to demonstrate pedagogical expertise.


In the selection process equal weight will be given to research and pedagogical accomplishment. In the evaluation of research skill, particular weight will be given to the applicants work in recent years and to their ability to independently and in collaboration with other initiate and conduct research. Scientific skill should be demonstrated in research and publications within relevant fields. The ability to attract external funding is a merit. Assessment of pedagogical skill covers planning, delivery, evaluation, supervision and examination. Pedagogical achievements should be well documented so that their quality can be assessed. Administrative skills are also considered important, as are the ability to work together with society at large and to disseminate information about research and development work. The applicant should be able to conduct teaching, supervision and examination in both Swedish and English. Non-Swedish speakers are expected to learn the language to teaching competence within two years of their appointment.

The evaluation criteria are spelled out in the University of Gothenburg's employment regulations and the Faculty of Social Sciences rules.


Permanent position of 100% placed at the School of Global Studies. First day of employment: by agreement.

Additional information

Potential candidates are advised to study the document “Application of Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the Faculty of Social Sciences” containing the rules for recruitments of teaching staff at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The selection process can involve sample lectures, interviews and references. After assessment of all aspects of the applicant’s skills that are relevant for this position, the person who is considered best qualified to carry out the required tasks, cooperate with other staff and contribute to the development of our School will be selected.

Applications must be supported with formal documentation of international academic qualifications.

The successful applicant is expected to be in sufficient control of the Swedish language to be able to perform administrative and pedagogical tasks and external cooperation in Swedish after two years of employment.

All teachers must, within one year of their appointment, have completed training in teaching and learning in higher education equivalent to 15 higher education credits or otherwise acquired the equivalent knowledge.

The application must include the following documents

(see also Vacancies for more information about how to apply for this position)

• A list of the scientific and educational works referred to. The applicant should specify a maximum of 10 publications or other submitted works.
• A brief summary of scientific, educational and administrative activities Documentation of the scientific merit may include information on research funds, if the applicant was the main or co-applicant, as well as their size. Documentation of pedagogical merits can include certificates, course evaluations and qualitative reviews by Directors of Studies or the equivalent. Qualifications should be supported by certified copies of diplomas, certificates and other documents cited in PDF format.
The description shall indicate the studies and results, and other activities that, according to the applicant wish to be considered in the appointment. The starting point for the presentation of scientific and educational activities will be the University's general employment regulations and the faculty implementing arrangements for the employment of teachers (see link above). Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that may be relevant to the assessment of qualifications an also be included here.
• A brief statement of the candidate's future research plans and what the applicant intends to do to develop the research at the department.
• A concise statement of the applicant's experience of cooperation with the surrounding society.
• The scientific publications (maximum 10) which are submitted shall be numbered according to the publication list (these cannot be sent by e-mail). These must be uploaded in full text as an attachment in PDF format.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

For further information

- Regarding the position please contact Head of Department Merritt Polk, +46 (0) 31-786 4942, merritt.polk@globalstudies.gu.se
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Andrea Iriarte, +46 (0) 31-786 4325, andrea.iriarte@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 be mailed in 2 copies to: University of Gothenburg, Andrea Iriarte, School of Globala Studies, Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mark the envelope with reference number PAR 2017/1592.

Applications should be written in English so that international experts can be hired.

Closing date: 4 February 2018

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.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

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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