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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology has about 200 employees and is one of the largest departments of mathematical sciences in the Nordic countries. The department consists of three divisions: Algebra and Geometry, Analysis and Probability, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

We contribute in a significant way to society by our extensive research and education. The working environment at the department is supportive, stimulating, and international, with a continuous flow of international guests. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all our activities. More information about us is available on the website:

Subject area

Mathematics with emphasis on algebra and geometry.

Specific subject description

We are searching for a Senior Lecturer to join the Division of Algebra and Geometry. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a high-level research program with emphasis on algebra and geometry and participate in the undergraduate and graduate level teaching in mathematics at our department.

We expect the successful candidate to strengthen and complement the research conducted at the Division of Algebra and Geometry, for instance in Algebraic geometry, Complex geometry and Number theory.

 We are committed teachers with extensive and broad experience in all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education in mathematics. We are appreciated by students and are continuously seeking opportunities for pedagogical improvement. Our ambition is to teach mathematics at the highest international level.

Job assignments

The assignments comprise

  • conducting research in mathematics,
  • teaching courses in mathematics on basic as well as advanced level,
  • supervision of students (at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels),
  • administrative tasks for the Department of Mathematical Sciences,
  • actively applying for external funding.

You should actively seek challenges and new opportunities in order to develop your work. Communication and collaboration skills are important since many of your duties will be carried out in collaboration with others. You are expected to collaborate with actors outside academia, for instance, in collaborative research or popular science activities.

If you have no previous University teacher’s training, you are expected to take such courses within one year from the start of the employment.  The university offers courses in teaching and learning in higher education.


The eligibility for this employment follows from the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg. A completed PhD degree in a subject area relevant to the position or similar scientific competence acquired in some other way is required.  An applicant with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible.

The official language at the University of Gothenburg is Swedish and we normally teach in Swedish at the bachelor level and in English at the higher levels. Therefore the ability to teach in English is required. If you do not speak Swedish, you are expected to learn Swedish within two years of employment.


The assessment of your application will be based on your scientific skills and pedagogical merits, which will be given equal weight. Both parts will be equally important for the final assessment.

When assessing your scientific competence, special attention is paid to publications of high quality. Quality bears greater weight than accumulated output of scientific papers. Research with important contributions after your PhD degree as well as international scientific collaboration are considered as strong merits.

When assessing your pedagogical merits, special emphasis is placed on your ability to plan and teach courses in mathematics.

We will choose the applicant who, after the overall assessment of skills and potential, is considered to have the best prerequisites to carry out the tasks included in the job description, to collaborate with others, and to contribute to a positive development of activities at the department. The overall assessment will also consider how the applicant’s qualifications and plans complement and strengthen the activities at the department.  

Previous leave of absence due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances will be taken into account in the assessment and should be pointed out in connection with the list of merits and experience. 


Type of employment:  permanent
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Mathematical Sciences                                                                               

First day of employment: To be agreed  

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, and trial lectures.

For further information about the position please contact

Bernt Wennberg, Head of Department, tel +46 (0)31-772 5326, email

Mats Andersson, Head of Division, tel +46 (0)31-772 3571, email

Daniel Persson, Head of Unit, tel +46 (0)31-772 3174, email


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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. Together with your application, the following should be attached:

  • Personal letter.
  • CV, including list of publications.
  • Certificate of doctoral degree and other documents that you wish to be considered.
  • Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum six publications) together with motivation for your choice and an account of your contribution to the publications.
  • A 4-year research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum four pages).
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality. It should also include a short pedagogical reflection (maximum four pages).
  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the surrounding community.
  • Two references whom we can contact.

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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to:

Faculty Office for Science

University of Gothenburg

Box 460

S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

The application should be written in English as it will be evaluated by international experts. Closing date: 2021-12-06

Additional information

The University of Gothenburg offers attractive employment and working conditions, and possibility to continuous development of competence. It is possible for a Senior Lecturer to apply for promotion to Professor.   

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your accompanying spouse/partner please visit For instance, parental benefit is paid out for 480 days and can be taken until the child turns 12 years old. You are also guaranteed a preschool within four months after applying to preschools. For more information about the Faculty of Science please visit We can offer relocation services.

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.

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.