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Professor in Sociology, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Posted on: 28 January, 2019
Application deadline: March 17, 2019

Professor in Sociology, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Reference number: 2018/643-2.2.1

Welcome to Linnaeus University! A place for knowledge, ideas and development. For growth potential and a belief in the future. In Småland and in the world.

Sociology is part of the Department of Social Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, one of the university’s five faculties. The department works with three subjects: Sociology, Peace and Development Studies and Gender Studies. We teach Sociology at all levels within seven education programmes and a number of independent courses, and we conduct dynamic and broad research and third-cycle education. We are also seeing a strong development in terms of commissioned work in collaboration with society.

Subject area for the position: Sociology

Location permanent:  Växjö 

Scope of position: 100%

Job description

The professor’s area of responsibility includes initiating and running internal, national and international research projects and seeking external funding.  As a professor in the subject, you have a special responsibility, along with the other professors in sociology, for leading and developing the research activities relating to the subject. Your responsibilities include own research and teaching at all levels of education. The position entails responsibility for the quality of education at all levels, with a special focus on education programmes within the sociology subject. Responsibility for research in the subject involves promoting the research conducted at the department. The position may also include managing tasks. The position holder is expected to spend the majority of their working hours at the place of work.


Qualification requirements

To qualify for appointment as a professor, individuals must demonstrate both academic and pedagogical skills. (Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance)

According to Linnaeus University’s appointments procedure, in order to be eligible for a position as a professor, the employed person must possess proven academic skills through independent active research in line with current national standards in terms of both quality and quantity, at a level that is significantly higher than those applying for an associate professor position.

The demands on scientific expertise also include being able to demonstrate these skills, in terms of the planning and the management of research.  This refers both to leadership in research involving other senior researchers, and to the supervision of third-cycle students.

Pedagogical proficiency must also be demonstrated through teaching, in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This concerns the planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching, supervision and examination.


Assessment criteria

The proficiency required for the position’s eligibility requirements shall constitute the grounds for evaluation during the appointment of a professor.

When assessing academic skills, consideration shall primarily be given to scientific quality, which must essentially exceed that required for an associate professorship. Such competence is shown through independent research initiatives documented in high-quality academic publications.      The scope of research, in terms of how advanced and broad it is, shall also be considered. The candidate shall have demonstrated skill in initiating, planning, leading and developing research projects. Active international collaborations, which involve international networks and joint publishing, international academic organisations and editorial work are considered an advantage.

External research funds obtained in competition are especially emphasised in the assessment of academic skill.

The candidate shall have significant pedagogical proficiency, proven through qualifications and teaching activities at first, second, and third-cycle level. The examination of pedagogical proficiency will be given the same weight as the examination of academic proficiency. The position requires the applicant to have defended a doctoral thesis in sociology.

As a central task is to lead the development efforts in close collaboration with others within the subject, the department and the university, special emphasis is placed on documented leadership and collaboration skills.  Emphasis is also placed on administrative skills.    Documented experience and ability to collaborate with the surrounding community are considered an advantage.   Ability to teach in both Swedish and English is a requirement. (If you do not have the ability to teach in Swedish, you are expected to acquire it within two years.)

The department and the subject are striving to achieve an equal gender distribution among the employees and therefore welcome female applicants for the position.

Other assessment criteria can be found in the Linnaeus University’s appointments procedure: Appointments procedure for teachers – Linnaeus University –

Contact persons:

Head of Department: Glenn Sjöstrand, +46 (0)470-708884,

Subject representative:,

HR partner:  , +46 (0)485-446078

Trade union representatives can be contacted via the University switchboard, tel. +46(0)772-28 80 00.

Please submit your application on 17 March 2019 at the latest

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Your application should be designed according to the Template for application which can be found in the Guide to Appointment procedures under important documents below the ad. The credentials you invoke must be verified with certification and they must be attached digitally in your application. Other documents, including various types of scientific works, must be submitted digitally along with the application. The application and other documents to be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.

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