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Senior Lecturer in Political Science

University of Gothenburg

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The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialisation include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics and European studies. We offer degree programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 400 students and a staff of about 160. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

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The Department of Political Science is currently hiring one or several senior lecturers in Political Science who are able to contribute to its research and education.

Subject area

Political Science

Subject area description

Political science is a discipline concerned with the study of politics and involves research and education regarding power, democracy, institutions and political ideas at national and international level.

Job assignments

The position includes teaching, course coordination as well as student supervision and examination at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level. Teaching within most of the Department’s courses and programmes may be required. It is required to teach in Swedish within two years from the start of the position.  Course and programme development assignments as well as participation in the Department’s pedagogical development work is also included.

The position furthermore includes to carry out research and actively apply for external funding of own research and for doctoral students and postdocs. The post also entails active participation in the Department’s research environments and seminar activities,  as well as in the international research community through conference participation and publications in international outlets.

The Department of Political Science actively participates in the public debate and the holder(s) of the advertised position(s) will be expected to initiate cooperation and actively cooperate with external actors and the community at large and to promote practical implementation of produced research.

Involvement in leadership, pedagogical and other assignments within the Department’s, Faculty’s and University’s collegial forums may also be included in the longer term.


The qualifications for positions as senior lecturer are given in Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and in the University of Gothenburg’s own Appointments Procedure.


Teaching skills and scientific/scholarly proficiency will be assigned equal weight in the assessment of applicants.

Scientific/scholarly qualifications will be evaluated based on scholarly publications, ongoing participation in national and international research collaborations as well as documented ability to acquire external research grants. In the assessment of scientific/scholarly qualifications, particular weight will be given to international publications in the last 7 years. Particular weight will be given to high-quality publications by renowned publishers and in international peer-reviewed journals. The quality and impact of the publications will be assigned greater weight than the total number of publications.

Teaching skills will be assessed based on documented experience of having successfully planned and implemented various teaching activities (lectures, seminars, workshops, distance education, student supervision) at undergraduate and Master’s level. Experience of teaching and supervision at the doctoral level will also be considered a merit. In the assessment of teaching skills, particular weight will be given to implemented and documented efforts of importance for the quality and development of education and/or teaching. Experience of course and/or programme development, authoring of learning material or documented pedagogical development in scientific journals or textbooks is considered a merit. Applicants must have formal training in teaching and learning in higher education or equivalent verifiable qualifications.

Experience of initiating contact and collaborating with and reaching out to external actors and society at large as well as previous leadership experience and/or experience of participation in collegial forums is considered a merit.

The applicant who, in the overall assessment of skills and development potential, is deemed to be best suited to carry out the identified job assignments, cooperate with other staff and contribute to a positive development of the Department’s work will be selected for the post.

Relevant personal circumstances (such as previous time off work and/or studies due to illness, parental leave, military services and trade union or student organization assignments) will be taken into consideration when assessing an applicant’s qualifications and should therefore be backed up with supporting documentation.

It is an absolute must that the person hired for the post can teach in Swedish within two years from the hiring date. As the Department operates in an international environment with a great deal of teaching in English, the position requires very strong oral and written English skills.


Type of employment: Permanent position
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: September 1st 2022 or per agreement

For further information:

Regarding the position, please contact

Mikael Gilljam, Professor
Head of Department
Phone: +46 31 786 12 21

Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact

Anna-Karin Ingelström
Phone: +46 31 786 1190


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

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Appointment procedure

Please apply online latest by November 4th 2021.
We ask that you write your application in English, as it will probably be reviewed by international experts. The selection process will most likely involve trial lectures, interviews and the taking up of references.

The application must include:
1. A résumé/CV, including a complete list of publications and a list of external grants obtained (including the size of the grants).

2. A description of your scientific qualifications, including
a) a select list of your 10 best academic publications. Note that external reviewers are instructed to pay particular attention to publications from the last 7 years. State your role in and work done for all co-authored selected publications.

Publication certificates for each co-authored publication must be attached, containing information about the contribution of each co-author (quantity and substantive contribution). The certificates should be signed by each co-author. If a book or article is accepted for publication, but not yet published, attach a certificate about the accepted publication.

b) a description of your scientific merits, profile, and research plans, including why the appointment is of interest and what you believe you can bring to the position (max 5 pages).

3. Electronic copies in full of your 10 selected publications.

4. A description of your teaching qualifications, including
a) an account of your teaching record, with a list of the courses you have designed and taught at undergraduate and graduate levels.

b) a description of your teaching merits and qualifications including information about the extent and quality.

c) a description of the production of learning materials (text books and other learning material).

d) a pedagogical self-reflection about your teaching philosophy and teaching practices (max 3 pages).

e) official transcripts or other verification of formal training in teaching and learning in higher education.

f) a certificate of your teaching experience from head of department/director of studies or the equivalent from at least one university/department.

5. Maximum three electronic copies of eventual learning materials

6. An account of your administrative record and qualifications (such as university-wide, college/faculty, departmental and/or research project, administration and administrative leadership).

7. Other certificates and documents that you wish to cite.

Any application materials that cannot be submitted in electronic form via the application portal, should be sent to:

Göteborgs universitet
Anna-Karin Ingelström
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg

Closing date: November 4th 2021

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.

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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