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About the department
At the Department of Applied Information Technology, critical and interdisciplinary research is conducted in an international environment of the highest quality with great relevance to the surrounding society. Our researchers are in the midst of the debate to help explain and problematize IT- and society-related challenges linked to the digitalization of society.

We develop the individual's knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle various aspects of IT as well as the interaction between human and technology in areas such as human-computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, digital innovation, e-Health, mobile communication, robots, social media and IT in schools and teaching.

We provide education at Bachelor's and Master's level anchored in research and the development of society.

The department is located at the knowledge-intensive Lindholmen, and has a well-developed collaboration with both business and public sector as well as the civil society.

Cognitive science and Communication at the department

The Division conducts broad research with an interest in human cognition, interaction, and communication in relation to society's digitalization and social and cognitive conditions, at the individual, group, and organizational level.

In cognitive science, our research interests lie at the intersection of several areas, such as cognitive technology and AI, cognitive neuroscience, and various branches of behavioral science, such as cognitive, social, and evolutionary psychology. Examples of our research are the role of emotion in multimodal interaction, human-computer interaction with a focus on robotics and gamification, memory of fictitious information, cognition of influence and the effects of digitalization on social and individual cognition, decision theory and recommender systems.

The Department of Applied Information Technology is in a growth phase, which includes an investment in cognitive science to create conditions for increased research as well as more collaboration with external stakeholders. As a first step to support this development, one to four fixed term senior lecturers in cognitive science are hereby announced. Our ambition for a next step includes expanding our permanent staff within this field.

Subject area

Cognitive Science

Subject area description

Psychology, Social Cognition, Influence, Cognitive Technology, AI, Cognitive Neuroscience

Job assignments

The employment includes teaching and research. In this position as senior lecturer you are expected to:

  • Teach in subjects related to cognitive science.
  • Supervise at bachelor's and master's level and be prepared to supervise at doctoral student level.
  • Conduct research related to cognitive science, apply for grants from external funders and be prepared to take on roles with responsibility for project coordination or management.
  • Be able to be physically present at the workplace and collaborate and support other colleagues in the division.
  • Use your interdisciplinary skill set to collaborate both within and outside the department.
  • Be prepared to participate in the administration and management of the department.

Administrative tasks related to educational activities are also included.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's employment procedure. Qualifying to be employed is the one who has demonstrated educational skill, has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence or any other skill that is important in the view of the content of the employment and the duties that are to be included.


In the appointment, special emphasis will be placed on the degree of scientific- and teaching aptitude, which will be assessed with equal importance.

Scientific proficiency must be documented through national and international scientific publication in the field of cognitive science or related fields. Publication in the field of cognitive science is a merit. Assessment of scientific proficiency includes the ability to independently plan, initiate and conduct research, the ability to collaborate in development and research as well as contribute to a research environment and the international scientific community. Successful work on obtaining external funds is a merit.

When assessing pedagogical skills, special emphasis is placed on work with teaching in cognitive science and related fields. Experience in teaching in  any of the areas of psychology, social cognition, human-computer interaction, linguistics (pragmatics, semantics, and cognitive aspects of communication), quantitative methods and experiments and AI and machine learning are meritorious. Assessment of pedagogical skills will include the candidates experience of planning, implementation, management, evaluation, supervision and examination, as well as course development and development of educational materials and similar educational activities. Both pedagogical and educational skills and experience must be well documented so that quality also can be assessed.

Formal training in higher education teaching or equivalent is a merit. Applicants who lack formal training in higher education teaching or equivalent, are expected to undergo such, or to gain equivalent knowledge, within one year from the date of employment.

Documented ability and skill to collaborate with others and to lead and administer teaching and research, and to inform, to cooperate with the surrounding community and to work for the utilization of the university's research will be deemed meriting.

Furthermore, personal suitability, primarily the ability to take responsibility, independence and communication skills are taken into account.

Applicants should be fluent in English. Research seminars and discussions are usually conducted in English.
Swedish language proficiency is not a requirement for appointment but is considered a merit.

The university will through this recruitment make a holistic assessment of aptitude and skills and select the applicant which is deemed to have the best pre-requisites to conduct and develop current tasks of the position, interact and collaborate with other staff, as well as contributing to a positive development of the Division and Department.


The position is a fixed-term employment (general fixed-term employment) of 100 %/fulltime, during 24 months , with placement at The Department of Applied Information Technology, The Division of Cognition and Communication.
Start date 15th of November 2021 or according to agreement.   

Appointment procedure

The selection, interview and assessment will be undertaken by a local recruiting group.
Interviews may be held continuously.

For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact Alexander Almér, Head of division: +46 31-786 27 77
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Emil Fägerwall Ödman, Human Resources Officer, +46 31 786 29 04 


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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, start by clicking the button “Apply”. 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 English.

The following documents are to be attached:

  • Resume / CV and data
  • Degrees and diplomas, certificates or other documents
  • Letter of intent of maximum one A4 page, where you state what you want to work with if you are offered the employment
  • Presentation of scientific merits containing a list of the (maximum) 10 scientific papers cited, justification for the selection and concise statement of its own scientific activities.
  • Presentation of educational credentials containing educational training, a list of the (maximum) 10 pedagogic / teaching materials cited and concise statement of educational activities and reflection. Qualitative reviews, course evaluations or equivalent should be included or referenced in the appendices.
  • Summary of leadership and administrative qualifications and cooperation merits
  • References

Closing date: 1st of November 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.