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OPEN POSITIONS Senior Lecturer in Film and Film Practice

The new Department of Film, Photography and Literary Composition, is seeking a senior lecturer in Film and Film Practice. The position is full time for five years and tasks include but is not exclusive to teaching in the film and photography programmes at first- and second-cycle levels.

On 1 January 2020, two departments will merge to form the new department, HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design. Film and Photography will remain separate subjects, but will be work together in a dynamic interdisciplinary, artistic environment to facilitate new areas of research and develop new curriculum and pedagogic strategies.

Together with the Academy of Music and Drama we will form part of the largest fine arts and performing arts faculties in Scandinavia, offering a unique broad artistic education and research. These departments are centrally located in Gothenburg and collaborate closely with actors in the local and regional cultural community but also include a wide-ranging international network and many international collaborating partners. Read more about Valand Academy  and HDK on their websites.

Subject area

Film and Film Practice

Job assignments

The programmes at first and second-cycle levels in film and photography allow for collaborative workshops organised around common themes and subjects. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the areas of both the moving image (film) and still image (photography). In this context teaching includes supervision of student projects, development of course content and administrative responsibilities that pertain to assessment and evaluation.  

Teaching responsibilities and tasks at first- and second-cycle levels includes course syllabus development, participation in working groups with other lecturers and examinations which can include assessments with other lecturers and across subjects. Special emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s capacity to develop collaborations between the film and photography subject areas. In addition, the position requires participation in the development of activities within the subject area and the Department. The work environment is one in which colleagues work in close collaboration with each other both within the area of film and across subjects (photography and other).

The film programme has several local collaborations with the film community and international parternships with other education institutions. The successful candidate will be expected to cultivate these relationships and contribute to the network of local and international partnerships.

Teachers at Valand Academy are expected to pursue their own artistic activity as well as monitor trends within their own subject area and social trends in general where these are important for the subject area.

Within the Department, you are eligible to apply internally for research time.


Eligibility for appointment as a lecturer is specified in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 4 Section 4 and in the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg.

In the context of this position, artistic skills refers to documented practical knowledge of film and photography production at an international level and the ability to lead and facilitate partnerships and artistic group processes. In the context of this position, teaching skills refers to documented experience of teaching at higher education level and experience in subject area and programme development.


Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s artistic skills, where the following criteria in particular will be taken into account:

- Documented artistic activity at international level
- Documented experience in film and photography production from idea to distribution and screening directed at cinemas, TV and/or galleries, fine art institutions, or other relevant public platforms
- Participation in international and/or national networks in independent film-making and photography.

Great emphasis will be placed on teaching skills and the ability to develop the Department’s courses and study programmes in collaboration with colleagues and the society at large, where the following criteria in particular will be taken into account:
- Experience in and the capacity to lead, coordinate, develop and implement artistic courses and study programmes at first- and second-cycle levels

- Extensive experience of different types of teaching and interdisciplinary teaching and a demonstrated capacity to develop students in their artistic processes.


Useful additional qualifications:

- Experience in the following areas: (i) Decolonisation of arts and visual culture; (ii) Cultural policy and issues of identity and multiculturalism; (iii) Desegregation and decolonisation of the content of courses and study programmes
- Doctorate Degree

- The ability to initiate and implement research and experience in applying for and obtaining funding for research

- Demonstrated ability to drive and implement projects and organise conferences, etc.

- Documented ability to lead and develop external partnerships and programme-based collaborations

Teaching at second-cycle level is in English. Within a few years, you are expected to be prepared to take on administrative and teaching tasks that require an understanding and use of the Swedish language in both spoken and written forms.

A successful applicant who has not completed courses in teaching and learning in higher education is expected to complete such courses within one year from the start date for the position.

The University will select the candidate who, following an overall assessment of documented qualifications, skills and expertise, is considered to have the best qualifications to carry out the tasks of this position and to contribute positively to the development of the Department's activities.



Form of employment: Temporary employment for five years, with possibility of extension
Percentage of full-time: 100%
Location: HDK Valand – Academy of Art and Design, Gothenburg
Start date: 2020-01-01


For further information:

Klara Björk, programansvarig MA film

Therese Vestlund, HR-officer


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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 three copys to:

Göteborgs universitet
Akademin Valand
Att: Therese Vestlund
Box 132
40530 Göteborg

The copys should be recieved by Gothenburg university no later than 2019-11-01.

The application is to be written in English.
Since the application may be examined by international experts, it is desirable that the application and its appendices are written in English. If the application is written in Swedish it may be translated. In the event of any deviation between the translated document and the Swedish original HDK-Valand assumes no responsibility for translation or for direct, indirect or other forms of damage that may occur during the translation.

Closing date: 2019-11-01


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. 47 500 students and 6 400 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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