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OPEN POSITIONS Professor in Mathematics Education

The Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg has received significantly increased block funding for research. The funds will be used to stimulate our research environments and create opportunities for a new generation of researchers to step forward.

The Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies constitutes one of the strongest didactic environments in the Nordic countries. We conduct research, teaching and collaboration on issues that concern teaching and learning. A common interest at the department is that through education and research on higher education, school and classroom develop knowledge that contributes to a more equal and sustainable society. This is done by subject didactical, practice-based, and critical research, organized in three larger research environments: Didactic classroom studies; Phenomenography, variation theory and learning study; and Critical education research.

An important part of the departments work is teacher education, research and developmental work that concerns school and teacher education. School-related work is often conducted in collaboration with, for example, the National Agency for Education (Skolverket), municipalities and individual schools. The department is responsible for the primary school teacher education and complementary pedagogical education. The department offers also two Master’s programmes, one in didactics, including Mathematics Education and an international programme for sustainable development.

We are looking for a professor in Mathematics Education who is a prominent scholar interested in actively contributing to continued development of a creative environment where research, educational programmes and collaboration interact and support one another.

Mathematics Education

Subject area description

Within Mathematics Education the processes, conditions and outcomes of teaching and learning are studied in relation to mathematics. The mathematics content can be a clearly defined teaching area, a school subject, or a university subject, but it can also be a part of transdisciplinary or thematic field. Mathematics as a content is always present in varying degrees but the emphasis is on the educational aspects.

Job assignments

The position is primarily focused on research and teaching within Mathematics Education. For the first two years, half of your time will be to work with a research assignment that has been given additional resources, where significant part is continued development of one of the department’s three research environments and with initiating and leading Mathematic Education research and expanding externally financed research.

Mathematics Education research at the department has a practice-based classroom focus, such as communication in the classroom, learning among students and teachers and content analyses of study resources and their function. Research is also conducted on teaching mathematics and on ICT, Learning studies and interaction studies. The knowledge interest includes all levels of the educational system, from preschool to teacher training and research conducted in the department’s three research environments. There is also an interfaculty collaboration among different research groups at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and in the Mathematics Education Research Gothenburg (MERGOT) network.

Teaching and supervision assignments include undergraduate, master’s and graduate levels. The department offers two master’s programmes (120 credits), one in didactics and one in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Teacher training dominates the undergraduate level. The applicant is expected to contribute within the field of Mathematics Education but also work with core educational science and in-school training.

The professor will have a central role in building up and developing the field of Mathematics Education, which also includes outreach to the surrounding society.


Eligibility for employment is defined in Chapter 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and Gothenburg University’s appointments procedure.

Employment as a professor requires that the applicant has demonstrated both scientific and teaching expertise.


After an overall assessment of the applicants’ scientific and educational skills, the applicant deemed to have the best potential to carry out the position’s assignments will be chosen. Equal emphasis is given to educational skills as to scientific expertise within Mathematics Education.

Scientific expertise is demonstrated through documented experience of planning, initiating, leading and developing research and of the competitive ability to acquire and add to previously received research funding. The breadth, depth, originality and productivity of the applicant’s own research is judged, as is the applicant’s contribution to and assignments in the academic field.

Educational expertise is demonstrated through the documented ability to develop, lead and implement high quality education, successfully supervise students and produce qualified educational materials.

Emphasis is given to the applicant’s academic leadership and experience of and ability to lead research. Leadership skills are demonstrated through the ability to lead research activities and to motivate and create the conditions required to achieve common goals. The ability to coordinate and to create interest, involvement, inclusion and joy in work are examples of the skills we are looking for. Academic leadership includes administrative skills demonstrated through the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work appropriately for the purpose, to manage resources and to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of strategies, goals and quality.

As a significant part of the department’s teaching assignment is within teacher training, we would like to see applicants that have a teaching degree and experience in working with questions related to learning, teaching and education in and about mathematics in primary, lower-secondary or upper-secondary school. The ability to teach in Swedish is a necessity for the position, as most instruction is given in Swedish. Applicants who cannot teach in Swedish are expected to be able to do so within three years of taking the position. A good ability to cooperate and a positive attitude toward students and colleagues are highly valued.

Other information

The selection process might involve trial lectures, interviews and contacting references. In interviews, applicants are given the opportunity to describe and expand on their own view of teaching and research in the subject and of their coming role at the department.

The university sets salaries on an individual basis. Indicate your salary expectations and references in your application.


Type of employment:            Fulltime until further notice
Location:                             Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies,
First day of employment:      By agreement

For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact Head of Department Christina Osbeck,, Ph.: +46(0)31-786 2273 or Head of Division Susanne Frisk,, Ph.: +46(0)31-786 2798.
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Human Resources Officer Ewa Steen Stackelius, 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

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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. You apply for the position through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. 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.

The application is to be written in Swedish or English and is to include the following:

- Curriculum vitae (CV), list of publications, reprint of at most 10 selected scholarly publications and other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to. Documents related to educational qualifications are to include information about the extent, type and quality of the teaching.

- A written presentation of scholarly, educational and other work significant for the position being applied for (max. 5 pages).

- A more detailed presentation of ongoing and planned research with description of how your own research can contribute to the continued development of the department’s research and educational responsibilites, both within the field of Mathematics Education and in one or more of the department’s three research environments. Links to the department’s environment-integrating interest in developing knowledge within education for sustainable development are welcomed (max. 3 pages).

- Pedagogical competence and experience from teaching and teaching administration.

- Good ability to work with others that is documented or supported by references.

The application is to include a copy of the works the applicant refers to. In addition, two exact copies of these works are to be retained by the applicant until the university notifies the applicant to which external experts they are to be sent.

Closing date: 2020-06-15


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. 49 000 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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