Uppsala University, Department of Government

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

Uppsala University hereby declares the following position to be open for application

Senior Lecturer in Political Science – orientation towards Political Theory

Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government

The Department of Government have been conducting research and educating students for nearly 400 years. Today the department provides a vibrant and internationally successful research environment. With around 50 faculty members and 40 PhD-students, the department is recognized as one of the leading political science departments in the Nordic countries. The department’s faculty consists of researchers covering all the major fields of political science. See more at: http://www.statsvet.uu.se/

Duties: The position includes teaching, examination, research and administration, primarily within the field of Political Theory. Teaching duties include course coordination, course administration and supervision at the Bachelor, Master and doctoral levels. Duties also include actively pursuing external research funding on a regular basis and actively participate in the research community within the field of Political Theory in Sweden and abroad as well as to contribute to the development of the field with own research. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to engage in questions concerning developments in the surrounding community and with a bearing on the activities of Uppsala University.

Eligibility: To be eligible for appointment as senior lecturer, the applicant must hold a Ph.D. in political science or possess equivalent scholarly competence. Further on, the applicant must have demonstrated teaching expertise and have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well.

The ability to teach both in Swedish and English is a requirement. An applicant who is proficient in only one of these languages at the time of appointment have to be able to teach in the other language within two years.

Assessment: Equal importance will be given to teaching and research skills in the assessment of applicants.

In assessing research expertise research quality will be the prime consideration. In the assessment of research skills, special attention will be accorded to the applicants’ current research in addition to their demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct research within the field of Political Theory. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education at the postgraduate level, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

Pedagogic proficiency will be assessed as carefully as scientific proficiency. Pedagogical skills should be well documented so that the quality can be assessed.

In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality will be the prime consideration. In assessing the applicants’ teaching expertise, the quality of the teaching and past experience in teaching political theory courses will be accorded the highest importance. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise.

When the University appoints new teachers those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

Assessment, other skills: Administrative and management skills are important for this position and will be afforded weight.

Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organize, and prioritize work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

Personal circumstances that may be of relevance in merit evaluation, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).

The Recruitment Committee may in this recruitment come to use interviews, trial-lectures and referrals. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees with insight into the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to lead and working methods.

How to apply: A full application is submitted to Uppsala University's application system. The application shall include:

  • Letter of application including list of appendices
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Account of academic qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Account of teaching qualifications
  • Account of other qualifications
  • Academic works and any educational works being brought to bear
  • A clear account of the extent of the applicant´s teaching experience, specified in number of hours
  • List of references

It is important for applicants to follow the instructions as closely as possible.

Please note that any academic work not submitted electronically are to be submitted in triplicate in paper form to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Box 256, S-751 05 Uppsala. Please, mark the package with ref. no. UFV-PA 2020/909

For more information please see:

Instructions for applicants

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Complementary Guidelines for the University's Appointment Regulations

Type of employment: Permanent position.

Contract type: Full time.

First day of employment: After agreement. 

Salary: Fixed salary.

For further information regarding the position, please contact the Head of Department, Christina Bergqvist, phone: +46 18 471 3454.

For questions regarding the process, please contact Emma van Aller, 018-471 25 59, samfak@samfak.uu.se. 

You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 23rd 2020, UFV-PA 2020/909.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-08-17
Salary Individuell lön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/909
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 26.Mar.2020
Last application date 23.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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